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Created by John Eipper on 12/04/18 10:31 AM

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Progressivism, Progressive Liberalism, and Trumpish Capitalism (John Heelan, UK, 12/04/18 10:31 am)

Progressivism or Progressive Lberalism

Wikipedia reminds us that "In the late 19th century, a political view rose in popularity in the Western world that progress was being stifled by vast economic inequality between the rich and the poor, minimally regulated laissez-faire capitalism with out-of-control monopolistic corporations, intense and often violent conflict between workers and capitalists, and a need for measures to address these problem."

So what has changed in the last 200 years?

--Vast economic inequality between the rich and the poor? (if anything GINI has become wider as the "Greed is Good" mantra is preached by the Trumpster and his acolytes)... erm No!

--Minimally regulated laissez-faire capitalism with out-of-control monopolistic corporations (some of those are the vendors of energy products on whom states are reliant for tax revenues.)... erm No!

--Intense and often violent conflict between workers and capitalists. (e.g. "gilet jaunes" who see the situation getting worse year by year.)... erm Yes!

--A need for measures to address these problem? (An open door waiting for a dictator to push through?")...erm maybe so!

Trumpish capitalism: Socialism puttinesca make the future for our children and grandchildren increasingly bleak. They are too smart not to recognise that the world really is "going to Hell in a handcart." They want to do something about before it is too late, as we older generations continue failing to provide them with a secure future.

JE comments:  I'm not sure I understand "socialism puttinesca."  Is it a reference to the puttana, or to Putin?  Either way, John Heelan's pessimism is the perfect followup to Tor Guimaraes's from earlier today.  But John raises the hope that the younger generations will stop the handcart before it descends to Hell.  I find similar idealism in my students, especially in matters of environmental and social justice.

Is there any reason to expect a 72-year-old greed-is-good hotelier to care about the future of our planet?

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