Quality Quotes #2

“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (6/1/1916 – 2/13/1939) Louis Brandeis

I heard this quoted in Robert B. Reich’s intriguing & informative audiobook Saving Capitalism for the Many, Not the Few as I was driving home from work yesterday.  If you’re interested in learning how our federal government has become so thoroughly enslaved to Wall Street, lobbying firms, and other extremely powerful and influential moneyed interests, I highly recommend it.

It’s time to start electing representatives who’re interested in busting up the new monopolists the way Teddy Roosevelt and other progressive Republicans did in the early 20th century.

What do y’all think?

9 thoughts on “Quality Quotes #2

  1. …uh this is a strange statement. It could happen through the democratic process, that the wealth ends up in the hands of a few which is, I think, what we have now. The American mythos, which many people have bought into, is that wealth and success can come to anyone who works hard enough. Underlying THAT philosophy is, I think, the old Protestant Doctrine of the Elect, that those chosen by God to be saved, will reflect his favor in their earthly lives in a way everyone can see.

    I taught students, girls, whose families were not even middle class, in the last few years of my career who looked up to Kim Kardashian as a role model, a great success because she was rich. They identified with KK because what they see of her is that she, like them, is a fat-assed idiot who devalues knowledge and broadcasts her trivial exploits across the world, family drama that they related to. They did not consider that underlying all that is a sophisticated money-making strategy and that they are being conned.

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  2. I don’t know much about economics, but I do believe that when the socioeconomic gap in the nation I share with you continues to get wider and wider, at some point there will be a breaking point and we will have revolution. I doubt it will be pretty. (The same goes for a few making ecological decisions that damage the many.)

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