Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Idiots who rule America

Via dkos, I bring you this Chris Hedges essay.
Our elites—the ones in Congress, the ones on Wall Street and the ones being produced at prestigious universities and business schools—do not have the capacity to fix our financial mess. Indeed, they will make it worse. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of the common good. They are stunted, timid and uncreative bureaucrats who are trained to carry out systems management. They see only piecemeal solutions which will satisfy the corporate structure. They are about numbers, profits and personal advancement. They are as able to deny gravely ill people medical coverage to increase company profits as they are able to use taxpayer dollars to peddle costly weapons systems to blood-soaked dictatorships. The human consequences never figure into their balance sheets. The democratic system, they think, is a secondary product of the free market. And they slavishly serve the market.

2 comments:

changcho said...

I think that is a very accurate assessment of where things stand today, imho. I guess I'll have to read the entire piece...

R said...

I agree with this para, especially with the medical part. For me, that has always been a sign of how low we have fallen.