“The great transformation to capitalism…by way of inequality, by way of consumerism, through turning life into a kind of futile contest of cruelty and materialism and acquisitiveness…that unleashed narcissism, selfishness, egotism, short-termism, greed, fear, vanity, anger, envy, emptiness, despair…which tore societies apart in historic ways.”

Actually the way nature has configure the human mind to seek advantage at every opportunity made capitalism inevitable. Alas, indeed, I fear it is the natural way of things. The trick is not to rid us of capitalism but to do what so many of the Northern European nations have done. We need to harness its positive aspects and shackle its predatory themes.

Not an easy undertaking, but with Trump unleashing its worst aspects with all to see, he may inadvertently cause a major turning point in its current brutal implementation. A heavy dose of balancing socialism would do the trick, allowing capitalism to actually flourish even better for the good of all, not as she says, the few at the top.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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