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I don't even want "capitalism;" I want markets regulated and constrained

To me, all the "isms" express who has (or is supposed to have) power in a given economy or political system. We can discuss whether the people truly have power or not in any given example of "socialism" but in our version of capitalism, it's clear that wealth (or capital) has the power, and has organized our system around that.

I don't want a system based upon the power and influence of wealth.

I want a system where a representative and Constitutional government defines and regulates the boundaries of markets toward greater equity and common good. In some areas (consumer electronics, food from individual farms to initial buyers, many other goods and services), the markets might be quite free, with only regulation toward health, labor laws, and safety. In other areas (medical devices, banking, the energy and utilities sector, investment advising and portfolio management, etc.) the regulations by necessity will be tighter, since the consequences of mismanagement or failure are that much more disastrous. And in certain other realms, the profit motive is entirely corrosive, and the public needs to manage them as a public resource: parks, prisons, schools, some considerable extent of the healthcare system, etc.



At this moment of economic and political decline of the USA, the fact that the Republican Party and candidate successfully leveraged enormous resources of propaganda and power is not the fault of even one of those plant workers.

If we want progress and justice to win, Democrats need to better leverage our own propaganda and power toward the ends of a more just and equitable society. We need to present all workers with both society-wide goods (healthcare, education, criminal justice reforms, etc.) and also a narrower "what's in it for them?" component as well (wages, union rights, a genuine respect for the Second Amendment and other individual liberties, etc.)

Blaming voters is a one-way ticket toward failure.


I love Edward Abbey for all his unvarnished truth-telling!

But there is another option between the extractive cattle ranching Abbey rightfully lambastes, and the total removal of ranchers from the landscape: the Allan Savory model of Holistic Resource Management. Essentially, a deeper understanding of forage plants, weather, the migratory patterns of large herds of ruminants, ungulates, and predators in nature, and humans taking on some of the constructive roles of both predators and managers can allow range production to also be ecological restoration.

See: https://permaculturenews.org/2010/10/07/holistic-management/

for a short video on the topic, and for more depth see:


Savory and HRM have videos, TED talks, articles, and books galore beyond these two intros.


The same could be said about gun control overall.

Additional gun control policies require expanded powers by the ATF, "an agency that pins children down" when they are in the path of its enforcement, and is similar to ICE in many other ways.

ICE and the ATF work together routinely, and Ocasio Cortez's idea that one is evil and out of control, while the other deserves more power in the name of "safety" is, frankly, absurd.

See, for example:




I encourage all Democrats, Ocasio Cortez included, to quit pushing more state powers in the name of gun control (which is quite different from actual safety) at a time when firearm deaths remain historically low, but economic inequality and related matters of health, housing, and environmental quality are at their worst crises ever.

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