I'm involved in a Facebook fight. I have already responded once to this but could use some help if anyone wants to toss in a few talking points. Thanks.
The Other Person's Response to Me:
"Well, yes much of this is so BUT government was actually created to protect us from these things. We have allowed monopolies, corporatists, and plutocrats to take over the very agency our ancestors created to protect us from these nefarious entities. The government, is at it's core we the people. We have failed by allowing corporations to be "people" , we have failed by allowing their money to be "free speech". This is the real culprit. Originally corporations not only were banned from any interference in elections, but also had to show that they existed in the public interest every 4 years...thier charter was revoked for any infraction. Today whoever fills the political coffers is represented regardless of purpose. Individual citizens simply can not compete with corporate "free speech" can they? A person can only generate so much capital in a lifetime while a corporation is essentially immortal and amasses tremendous wealth...if money is free speech, then mere humans have far far less free speech hence far far less say in the process. The country is for sale to the highest bidder. And the highest bidders are not human beings, they are the wealthiest corporations (about 16 of them are behind most all bribery or whatever you want to call filling political coffers) or the 400 or so richest people. Everyone else is simply at their mercy. THIS is a complete perversion of the original purpose of government. Easier said than done, but take the money and corporate control out of government and it will again represent we the people. It's actually quite simple. If the politicos need to satisfy their constituents rather than their corporate overlords to keep their positions, then we return to being a great nation. The path we are on now leads only to plutocracy. The libertarians, as respectful as I am of their regard for freedom and civil liberties are ultimately dead wrong. Every nation state throughout history with a weak central government has failed or been conquered. Today Somalia is a libertarian state. It creates an environment ripe for thugs to rise to power. It's freedom from government rules and has low taxes but instead you get pirates, gangsters, and self appointed despots taking the place of government. It would be no different here or anywhere such a thing was implemented. Better rathter than scrap it, we don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Government simply needs to be accountable to the citizens who grant them governance as it was intended. Remove the lobbyists, corporatists, plutocrats from the equation and viola! it is done!"
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