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Old posts: Capitalism-Corporatism-Facism-hike! 12/4/10

(I’ve been enjoying the following exchange from the letters to the editor [Opinion, The Oregonian, November 2010]. I’m particularly taken by the Sinclair Lewis quote in the last few sentences.)

Capitalism’s wild ride

Chris Gay’s incisive take on capitalism run amok, “Stop whining and enjoy the ride” (Nov. 20) is brilliantly conceived and executed. I especially enjoyed Gay’s response to George F. Will’s “priceless jewel of laissez-faire triumphalism,” a 1996 column in which Will declares, “America is — always has been — on a high-speed ride. But there is no driver. Never has been. That’s the nature of a free society.”

To which Gay rejoins, “Of course, it’s also the nature of joy-riding frat boys after a kick-ass keg party.”

Talk about telling it like it is.

Capitalism has morphed into a monster whose sole purpose is to enrich the wealthy few at the expense of the rest of us. By aiding and abetting corporate and financial corruption, congressional Republicans are betraying the American people.

When will the victims catch on and start voting their own, and their country’s, best interest?

DAVID HEDGES
West Linn

What’s the alternative?

David Hedges says in his Nov. 23 letter that “Capitalism has morphed into a monster” and “congressional Republicans are betraying the American people” by aiding “corporate and financial corruption.” Other than disagreeing with any blanket accusations, I won’t argue with his conclusion in specific cases, but he offers nothing as an alternative. The alternative to capitalism is communism, and that has proved to be far more monstrous.

The underlying monster is simple human greed, and neither Democrats nor Republicans are immune to that. There’s nothing to be done about it except on the level of regulation.

LARRY McCAGG
Battle Ground

Corporatism

Larry McCagg (Letters, Nov. 26) is correct in stating that there is an alternative to the monster capitalism has morphed into, but it’s not communism, it’s democracy.

The monster is corporatism. Benito Mussolini said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism, because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” This is behind my statement (Letters, Nov. 23), “Congressional Republicans are betraying the American people” — by handing the reins of government to corporate and financial overlords.

An informed electorate is all that stands between our great experiment in representative democracy and another of Mussolini’s pronouncements: “We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty.”

Sinclair Lewis wrote, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Check out any of several million sites on the Web. It’s here, it’s now and it’s closing its grip.

DAVID HEDGES
West Linn

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