SOME of the VALUABLE POINTS According to Noam Chomsky, who is often recognized as the most cited living author

, if Aristotle were alive today, he would be regarded as a dangerous radical. According to Chomsky, Aristotle felt that if a society has extremely poor people and extremely rich people, it can not seriously be called democratic. “Any true democracy has to be what we call today a welfare state--actually, an extreme form of one, far beyond anything envisioned in this century.” (How the World Works by Noam Chomsky, pp. 208-209) “The idea that great wealth and democracy can’t exist side by side runs right up through the enlightenment and classical liberalism, including major figures such as de Toqueville, Adam Smith, Jefferson, and others. It was more or less assumed.” (p. 209) De Toqueville “pointed out, quite explicitly, that if a ‘permanent inequality of conditions’ ever developed, that would be the death of democracy”... “Adam Smith’s advocacy of markets was based on the assumption that under conditions of perfect liberty, free markets would lead to perfect equality of outcome, which he believed was a good thing.” (p. 210) ! ***===== =====! ===== !=====! =====***

“...fifty years of intense corporate propaganda, in the media and elsewhere, has been trying to direct people’s fear, anger, and hatred against the government and make private power invisible to them.” (p. 219) “There are plenty of things wrong with government, but this propaganda opposes what’s right with it--namely, that it’s the one defense people have against private tyrannies.” (p. 220) ! ***=====! ===== =====! ===== =====***

John Jay, a signer of the declaration of independence and the first Chief Justice of the United States,"said, “The people who own the country ought to govern it.” (My comment----Right.) James Madison, who wrote the constitution, “believed that the primary goal of government is to ‘protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.’” Madison feared that, in a democratic society, the poor majority would seek to redistribute wealth. “So he designed a system that made sure democracy did not function.” p. 209 (My comment----It worked. And best of all. U.S. citizens strongly believe that democracy does function. Or so we are told.) (Of course, democracy does function to an extent. But the important power is entirely monopolized by vast wealth and the worship of profit, to the detriment of the citizens.) ! ***=====! ===== =====! ===== =====***

“In 1964, the U.S. government spent more money per capita to get the presidential candidate it favored elected in Chile than was spent by both candidates (Johnson and Goldwater) in the 1964 election here in the United States!” (Back Cover) (My comment----this makes democracy an utter sham. It is sick, on the part of my nation. If you think the U.S. is a big supporter of government by or for the people, you have failed to engage reality.) __________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Some Thoughts of Mine The United States of America was not, contrary to what was constantly fed us and shoved into our minds when we were mere children, and contrary to what has been massively reinforced since then, set up as a democracy--a government by and for the people. The U.S. of A. is a nation set up, to a very significant degree, by and for a selfish, violent, exploiting, oppressive, self-righteous few--most of

whom we do not even see. Since then, it has proceeded to rape nature and human societies across the broad Earth--and Americans do not see it. Those with eyes, let them see--let them look. Unfortunately, apparently most do not realize that other’s also, not just the prosperous minority, are living valuable worthy whole working grounded vital suffering giving loving creatures. Or at least the ruling economic machine does not give that due weight. Will we, as a nation, ever stop pursuing the selfish nonsense we have been pursuing? I hope so. But I do doubt it. Because our minds are closed. And our spirits are dim.