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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 04:46 PM

72. Small critique


Democracy cannot be sustained if it cannot be seen. Those in power must be made to fear movements that are willing to disrupt the machinery of state. The elites must be kept in check.
-- Pragraph 10


This remark implies that the elites in power are the officers of the state. This is not the case. Those in power are the officers of the largest corporations. The state is separate from, but not independent of the large corporations. The corporation are rivals of the people for power, often hostile to them; a democratic state is one in which the people are in power. This is a corporate state.

Consequently, it would not appear after yesterday's primary that the election to take place in November will be a consequential one. A Hillary Clinton administration, which is the most likely outcome in November, will simply continue the present trajectory toward the decline and ruin of American civilization; Donald Trump, who now appears to be the Republican alternative, would accelerate it. The reality is that the decline and ruin is the result of decades of acquiescence of the state to corporate power.

The logical movement against this fate is opposition to corporate power with an effort to replace it truly democratic government in which private enterprise is subordinated to the interests of the common people. Our health and well being is more important than corporate profits. It is a vision of a humanist civilization.

That is why the most consequential candidate of 2016 is Bernie Sanders, who may never be president yet whose campaign, if we who support him follow through, will posit in its wake a clear path to a sustainable and just society,


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