The Truth of the Moment

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"The Underbelly of Capitalism is…." - Circular Logic project -  
It seems everyday brings a new answer for the end of this statement.  In fairness the current economic system in the United States is not Capitalism.  It’s as much Capitalism as our government is representative of a Democracy.  In both cases it’s more than accurate to say the seeds of corruption have been sown into the very architecture of the systems.  
When I was growing up in the suburbs of Florida most of my neighbors were some form of Christian-Republicans.  At the time so was my family.   Everyone had a hard-on for Reagan and “Trickle Down Economics”.  Job creators creating jobs and from their prosperity the ne’er do wells hoped to collect the scraps that fell from the table.  I’m convinced the assholes who thought up trickle down economics must have visualized the people below them dancing in their piss as it trickled down on them.  I can envision the posh room, full of cigar smoke and single malt scotches with the old, white men and their bellowing laughs as they came up with the name “Trickle Down”.  In hindsight it’s just too obvious.   
When I first read about Communism and Socialism I asked why they were so bad.  The answers I heard were all very similar and were along the lines of; “Those social movements allow for power and wealth to be accumulated by a few and passed down even against the will of the people.”  Typically the answers went further to assure me that Democracy and the Capitalist free-market wouldn’t allow this to happen because the will of the people and the market dictate the outcome.  Sounded fantastic and I bought in.  
Through my 20’s and early 30’s I was a red-blooded Capitalist chasing the American Dream a.k.a. the Almighty Dollar. Then 2008 happened where Capitalism sustained the fatal blow from the reckless gambling of our financiers, our government and ourselves.  What was left of Capitalism died the day it had to be bailed out.  Please don’t misunderstand, I realize Capitalism was far from its textbook definition decades before 2008.  
Today I recognize our reality is we have a system, disguised as a democratic free-market, where the power and wealth has accumulated to a small sliver of the population.  With the passing of "Citizens United" and now the Supreme Court decision to strike down limits on Federal Campaign contributions we find ourselves with a legally bought system. Pretty scary shit for our country.  The Capitalists’ gambling system crashed and now we’re told education, healthcare, social security and the other social safety nets, the parts of our society that actually made this country appear to live up to a lot of these peoples’ Christian identity, are the causes of our woes today.
No matter if we’re talking Governments, Social Orders, Economic Systems or Religion; the fact is Greed can take any of them down the road of corruption…and repeatedly has.  Once they’re down this path it’s just a matter of time before they collapse upon themselves.  It seems to me the most important challenge for us to figure out is “what causes greed”?  Without finding the answer to this simple question, no system we implement will ever turn out as great as it seems on paper.  
Some say money is the root of all evil.  Maybe that’s true but I tend to think money allows the liquidity necessary for our transactions to occur.  In my view Greed is the root of all evil.  
"The Underbelly of Capitalism is Greed because the underbelly of humanity is Greed."
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-   un-der-bel-ly noun \ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē\

: the bottom part of an object or an animal’s body
: an area that is easy to attack or criticize
: a part of society, an organization, etc., that is hidden and usually unpleasant
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-  greed noun \ˈgrēd\
:  a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed

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"The Underbelly of Capitalism is…." - Circular Logic project -  

It seems everyday brings a new answer for the end of this statement.  In fairness the current economic system in the United States is not Capitalism.  It’s as much Capitalism as our government is representative of a Democracy.  In both cases it’s more than accurate to say the seeds of corruption have been sown into the very architecture of the systems.  

When I was growing up in the suburbs of Florida most of my neighbors were some form of Christian-Republicans.  At the time so was my family.   Everyone had a hard-on for Reagan and “Trickle Down Economics”.  Job creators creating jobs and from their prosperity the ne’er do wells hoped to collect the scraps that fell from the table.  I’m convinced the assholes who thought up trickle down economics must have visualized the people below them dancing in their piss as it trickled down on them.  I can envision the posh room, full of cigar smoke and single malt scotches with the old, white men and their bellowing laughs as they came up with the name “Trickle Down”.  In hindsight it’s just too obvious.   

When I first read about Communism and Socialism I asked why they were so bad.  The answers I heard were all very similar and were along the lines of; “Those social movements allow for power and wealth to be accumulated by a few and passed down even against the will of the people.”  Typically the answers went further to assure me that Democracy and the Capitalist free-market wouldn’t allow this to happen because the will of the people and the market dictate the outcome.  Sounded fantastic and I bought in.  

Through my 20’s and early 30’s I was a red-blooded Capitalist chasing the American Dream a.k.a. the Almighty Dollar. Then 2008 happened where Capitalism sustained the fatal blow from the reckless gambling of our financiers, our government and ourselves.  What was left of Capitalism died the day it had to be bailed out.  Please don’t misunderstand, I realize Capitalism was far from its textbook definition decades before 2008.  

Today I recognize our reality is we have a system, disguised as a democratic free-market, where the power and wealth has accumulated to a small sliver of the population.  With the passing of "Citizens United" and now the Supreme Court decision to strike down limits on Federal Campaign contributions we find ourselves with a legally bought system. Pretty scary shit for our country.  The Capitalists’ gambling system crashed and now we’re told education, healthcare, social security and the other social safety nets, the parts of our society that actually made this country appear to live up to a lot of these peoples’ Christian identity, are the causes of our woes today.

No matter if we’re talking Governments, Social Orders, Economic Systems or Religion; the fact is Greed can take any of them down the road of corruption…and repeatedly has.  Once they’re down this path it’s just a matter of time before they collapse upon themselves.  It seems to me the most important challenge for us to figure out is “what causes greed”?  Without finding the answer to this simple question, no system we implement will ever turn out as great as it seems on paper.  

Some say money is the root of all evil.  Maybe that’s true but I tend to think money allows the liquidity necessary for our transactions to occur.  In my view Greed is the root of all evil.  

"The Underbelly of Capitalism is Greed because the underbelly of humanity is Greed."

________________________

-   un-der-bel-ly noun \ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē\

: the bottom part of an object or an animal’s body

: an area that is easy to attack or criticize

: a part of society, an organization, etc., that is hidden and usually unpleasant

________________________

-  greed noun \ˈgrēd\

:  a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed

http://jryanroberts.com/personal/circular-logic/