Everywhere we find strongmen in charge, enraged citizens and a desperate search for explanations and remedies. He pointed out that liberal democracy was a contradiction in terms. The key was property. These liberals were not democrats, but after the rise of industrial capitalism, they had to respond to growing populations of working people with their own, often democratic, ideas.
Until the s, a softer, gentler liberalism seemed to gain ground. The privileges of propertied individuals were preserved, but at a price: welfare programs, unions, public education, housing and health and, worst of all, taxes. British philosopher John Stuart Mill PNG files. Still, liberals ultimately had to choose between democracy and capitalism.
They might find themselves defending both the rights of workers to unionize and of factory owners to fire them, for example. Which should prevail? Macpherson feared the fall-back answer for liberals, whatever their democratic posturing, would often be the owners. Outraged by infringements on capital, determined to roll back socialism and seeing the market as near-infallible, this determined cadre of conservative intellectuals created a movement of reactionary resistance.
Regulations impeding the free flow of capital were demolished. Once-powerful labour movements were eviscerated.
Liberated from effective regulation, financial institutions developed global chains of indebtedness and speculation that, even after the crisis that started in , have attained pervasive influence. The propertied patterns underlying these civilization-threatening developments cannot be grasped, let alone resisted, using a liberal toolbox. He openly praises thugs and killers, both foreign and domestic, and delights in pardoning war criminals.
If Republicans in the Senate are too cowardly to repudiate the petro-billionaires who threaten to fund their primary opponents, we will continue on the rapid downward slide Rome experienced in the first century BCE. This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute.
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They should have kept it 60 to protect the minority vote as you said. First Name Last Name. Friend's Email Address. Your Name. Your Email Address.
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