Posted by Sadie from D006081.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 0:37AM :
In Reply to: You Are Right On The Mark posted by StarDrifter from adsl-67-36-189-217.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 4:22PM :
: One particular point you have made is right on the mark and contributes greatly to our problems. Our Democracy has indeed devolved into an Aristocracy. Money confers power on people in all walks of life that believe they are the center of the universe or at least our solar system and they deduce from this that everything revolves around them. Perhaps, even far worse, money quite often elevates the absolutely mediocre to seats of power and authority that relegates many beneath them to lives of impoverishment and meaninglessness. They plant their subjects in vegetable gardens to simply vegetate. These unfortunates do not even provide nourishment. They are like the emaciated, brain dead, bodies kept alive on machines in medical research warehouses. Unfortunately, no human system of government is perfect and I have no solutions to offer except to say that I believe in living as simple an existence as possible and I wish there was a way to establish a global society that would think in the same terms.
xxx Unfortunately for us, it is not an aristocracy as envisioned by Socrates & Aristotle (if I remember correctly), in which it is the wisest few who rule. : ) I believe that the form of government in the U.S. should be called an oligarchy, according to Aristotle.
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