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Response to Hamlette (Reply #37)

Thu Nov 30, 2017, 09:57 PM

38. The Medicis.

The Medici family of Florence invented merchant banking in the early 1400's. Over generations they amassed incredible wealth and power, supplied three popes, two regent queens, and built a slew of monuments and public buildings, churches and almshouses. They gave to the poor, and supplied towns with public works for free.

To this family, hoarding was an absolute obsession that did not square well with their assumed mantle of deep religiousity. Remember that back then religion had far more power than it does now, and the Medicis wielded it without conscience in the name of business.

But there was a strain of deep guilt that ran through the family. The bible clearly says a rich man cannot enter heaven, and that the rich must give away everything to the poor or face damnation. So, on its face, their holy mantle was false, and this falseness created a repressed guilt powered by their own faith that caused them to seek relief in odd ways.

Their popes were generally awful, concerned only with power and greed, murderous, vicious, hated. The family routinely assassinated rivals, fomented wars for profit, and forced their losses on the poor and middle class. All of their public buildings and churches were decorated in marble with busts of their faces that declared solemnly how incredibly noble and holy they were. Almost as if to lobby god himself for a pardon from their sin.

There are many, many good-hearted people with serious hoarding addictions. Some of them don't bury the guilt or seek to greenwash their problem, but try in their own way to truly serve. It's not a solution to their obsession, but it's good mitigation. I honor any attempt on their part. I like Warren Buffet.

But many, many others are on the Medici side of things. And it's gone so far that they've bought themselves a Citizens United oligarchy. And it's rotting to the core.

Every citizen of this country must be FOCUSED ON, that is the duty of government, to nourish, to strengthen each stitch. Until every single citizen has enough food, shelter, education, security, and opportunity to thrive, Hoarding is an obscene and arrogant practice that should be condemned and penalized. Period.

I do like Elon Musk most of all. Rich, but always on the verge of bankruptcy because he's always doing new things to help push the human race higher. What a smart guy. I don't think he cares if he's rich or not, he's just a Shining Soul. Capitalism or no, that dude will always just glow. Someone raised that boy right.

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