Some argue that plutocracy with a semi-porous meritocratic perimeter - allowing exceptional individuals in and cutting out the deadwood of the most degraded - is the best pragmatic long-term natural order for the world. Let the winners excel and be rewarded; and for the losers? Que sera sera. Maybe if we were all living an ideal life, patient meritocracy could one day resolve the inequities of the 21st-century landlord-tenant dynamic, but, like the 20th-century's misplaced faith in communism, collective or corporate ownership of a nation's resources simply gives a focus for ambitious authoritarians, ultimately at the expense of public freedom. Both systems lead to an entrenched ruling elite ringfencing opportunity, while nations become structured to shepherd vast populations of sheep from cradle to crave. Fundamentally, these systems squander human potential at an unprecedented scale and the vast majority of individuals are born into some form of poverty. As a species, we can't afford to be so short-sighted and profligate. As a humane civilization, we shouldn't allow this dynamic to continue.
Consider. We are medium-sized, ephemeral primates, stranded on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam; sharing the planet with a panoply of formidable virus and bacteria and the rest of nature's diversity, in an observable universe of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. We could be wiped out by an asteroid strike tomorrow. As it is, as a species, we are barely inching forward. Presently only a tiny fraction of us are equipped to contribute and, what's worse, the rest are disenfranchised, trained by fear and ignorance to resist any movement at all. It makes no sense to be excluding over seven billion brains from their human potential. It's an incomprehensible waste. Can you imagine the progress that'd be possible, if every human being was free to fulfill that potential? It might even generate enough velocity to escape extinction.
When all's said and done, most of the hot button topics of the public conversation are the obsessive compulsive gossip of cultural and economic zeitgeist. Whatever. but some things aren't. Some things are for real.
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