I'd peg the number of genuine believers in free market capitalism at about 1% of the population. Maybe. The rest of us just want whatever policies benefit us the most. And the richer you are, the more money you make from policies that benefit you. Among the rich and the corporate elite, true believers in the free market probably number about 0%.For all I know, this could be absolutely right. With all the political rhetoric that gets batted around, you'd think that our country is constantly battling between socialism and capitalism. But when I look at the reality of the situation, it seems that what we really have is a parasitic/apathetic system, in which people mooch as much as they can off the government, and if they can't get anything, they stop caring. Guess which ones vote.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Free Market Cynicism
Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones writes about "The Free Market and the Culture of Victimization," saying,