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    Quote Originally Posted by 21% View Post
    I think both capitalism and socialism at the very core have good intentions, but everything is bound to fail once humans really get their hands on it.

    My government is pretty corrupted, so I have been disillusioned for a long time. I saw a documentary once about the American elites who were obscenely rich and I realized then that it's the same over the world.
    I agree. What any political system needs is a system of accountability to the people who function within it. Both socialism and capitalism can function best when truly democratic, so that policies reflect the needs of the people served by them.

    Whatever power structures are in place, there also needs to be checks and balances between them. Whenever a power structure is based on a positive feedback loop like "having money results in getting more money", it will eventually suck up all the power and resources in its environment. The "trickle down" policies of Reagan when he lifted many of the government regulations on corporations put into play the result of hyper-capitalism we see today. He removed accountability and now the corporations and banks are so intertwined with the policy makers that we live in a corporate dominated society in which it is becoming (or already is) a completely unaccountable, unchecked power structure. The moment corporations "became people" and money was considered "freedom of speech" with no limits set on how much financial contribution can be made to a politician, we ceased to live in a democracy. When socialism ceases to be a democracy it also loses accountability to the people and becomes something oppressive.

    It is not as much the nature of the financial system as it is about accountability to the people and checks and balances between existing power structures.
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    Beware LA!


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    It always annoys me when someone claims they should have been born the other gender due to possessing blah, blah characteristics. I get especially annoyed when a nerdy chick claims this because she's good at GOD FORBID math and science.
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    Excellent rehearsal last night, yay! And we're confirmed to perform at the Tall Ships Festival in Northern MN!
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    anorexic cats are evil, especially when you have to save a small dog
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    Just in case things go wrong.

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    Fe is in overdrive.



    Yeah, it's a bit like this. lol


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    I read the article title 'restaurant's nice turn for dumped woman' as 'restroom's nice turn for dumped woman'.
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    A commuter train derails in Paris, and a student's mother calls me, worried that her daughter, who's studying in a city almost 500 miles south of Paris, may have been in the train wreck because she can't get ahold of her daughter. More than likely, she's not answering her phone because it's Friday night and she's out pre-partying before hitting the bars and clubs...
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