I've had this problem of not being able to relate to the way the world is run. It's been there for a long time. I've never been able to get a firm grip of the issue, it has been "just a feeling" and a lot of unrelated events. Maybe it helps to make a list of the latest "WTF?!" -events:
-Contractors in Iraq
-Katrina and the abandonment of New Orleans
-Lehman Bros and the other guys
-Monsanto and their monopoly of soybean
-Greece and the lack of regulation by EU
Well, there's only a few. Usually when I read the newspaper I find at least one "WTF?!"-event. Anyways, the way I link these is that in every case I have this feeling that no normal good person would allow these things to happen, if they knew all the facts when making the decision. So, why did they happen? No one knew the facts? They were just innocent mistakes?
I started thinking that what if it is the ruling principles or their absence in the society. Now we measure success by growth in GDP. It seems to be the main goal. What if we changed that? What would be the results if we measured success by the wellbeing of people? It would be hard to measure, but I think it would be possible. If we started taxing things and services that are harmful to wellbeing and reduce taxes of things that are good for you. We should also take in consideration if the production of goods is harmful to environment or to the people who make these products. To stabilize the economy, we could tax money transactions. That would make it harder for the speculators to make such a mess...
What do you think?