Does American Plutocracy Have Any Limits?


First they got the banks deregulated, then they made obscene, unsustainable profitscrashed the economy, got bailed outwith billions of dollars of taxpayer money, threw a record number of people out of their homeslaid people off, cut workers’ hours to part time, overworked the remaining full timers grateful to still have jobs, made record profits, created hardly any new jobs, and NOW they’ve had the gall and the power to get the House of Representatives to vote to eliminate the rules guaranteeing time and a half pay for overtime doing certain jobs.

How long until the plutocrats stop running this country? What is it going to take to stop them?

Your Thoughts?

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • The Vicar

    Violence, basically. Which isn’t going to happen. Instead, eventually America will be turned into a third-world hellhole, complete with vast pollution (Keystone XL continues to move ahead, just as one example) and the rich will flee to another country. And, of course, the right wing will blame the left for having objected to the rich too much.

  • Laurent Weppe

    What is it going to take to stop them?

    Two words for you: Arab Spring. What caused it was that at one point, the states where not capable to both feed the people and guarantee the rents and privileges of the upper-class; and, being ruled by an unfettered caste of dynastic patricians whose arrogance had overwhelmed even their self-preservation instincts, they decided to prioritize the aristocracy’s lifestile over feeding the people.

    As Evan Fraser and Andrew Rimas wrote:

    No parent ever watched their child’s teeth fall out from scurvy on account of a vanishing 401(k) pan.“… yet.

    The USA and Europe own to their gargantuan wealth the fact that despite the growing inequalities, they have yet to face the situation where an arrogant nobility decide to starve the people to overfeed itself: that’s why Brookville N.Y or Neuilly in France have yet to be burned to the ground and their population massacred. On the other hand, the day when this happens is gorwing closer, has evidenced by the tightening ties between the “moderate” right-wing parties and fudamentalists & fascists parties & organizations in Europe and North America: the Rich Kids know that if the plebs’ situation keeps degrading, they will need a lot of uniformed thugs to protect their assests and themselves.

  • Shira Coffee

    Did you hear about the “Downton Abbey amendment” to the Immigration bill? According to Wonkblog:

    The libertarian-leaning Republican (Sen. Mike Lee of Utah) proposed an amendment to exempt “cooks, waiters, butlers, housekeepers, governessess, maids, valets, baby sitters, janitors, laundresses, furnacemen, caretakers, handymen, gardeners, footmen, grooms, and chauffeurs of automobiles for family use” from E-Verify, the federal government’s system that enables employers to check on the legal status of their employees.