Scarcity Mentality Hijacks Democracy

I think that capitalism is going to kill the United States and we know it. People who live in a place where resources are scarce will scrap and scrape and scrimp to get whatever they can and will hoard and defend it so they don’t lose it and get caught out with not enough later.

Since the TV was invented we’ve had these corporations with their teams of researchers and advertisers developing newer and better ways to convince you that you can’t possibly be happy with what you have already. Surely you must need more things or more products to make you into a better person. Whatever it is, we know that we, as we are, aren’t enough. Radio and newspapers did this as well, but more slowly and less ruthlessly.

Advertisers are in the business of selling you their products. They can’t do that if you’re happy and fulfilled already. At least, not without going to the effort of making a really great product that fills a need and actually does what it says.

Simultaneously, the news tells us that everything is going to hell in a handbasket and you should be scared and worried. Especially about “them.”

Those news channels are owned by the same people that own the corporations want you huddled down in fear trying to keep everyone away and trying to make sure you get yours first.

It benefits those people if you can’t pause long enough to look around and realize that we have plenty for everyone if we can share. But capitalism doesn’t let you do that.

And Democracy only works if everyone gets a say and a share.

I think we’re on the edge of a new era. Unfortunately it’s going to probably suck trying to birth it.

Hopefully it works out.

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