Kilkis wrote:A philosopher, whose name I cannot remember
Wasn't it Plato, in The Republic
Kilkis wrote:Don't you get a sneaking feeling that many countries are now in that collapse of democracy phase?
Most definitely. My personal feeling is that it's due exactly to the fact that, as you say
Kilkis wrote:Nobody looks at the fundamentals
But it's also due to the fact that those fundamentals
represent the people of whatever country we are talking about - the neo-liberal system concentrates on the mathematics of production of profit, rather than the means by which the profit is produced. i.e. the people - as you say, during the post-war years the rewards of production were allocated to a level where people could be content enough - however from Thatcher onwards, the standards of the workers were eroded so much that the capitalists were at liberty to cease wage increases.
In a societal context, again, nobody goes back to basics, as they should do every now and again, to take stock of where societies have been, and where they are headed. To really understand what people need
out of a governing body, and what they need for a happy and contented life - and this is assuming a left-wing government, because a right-wing government doesn't care about those things - preferring the idea of a colossal meritocracy where everyone has the same opportunity to be a greedy, money-grabbing b@$&ard. They conveniently forget or more likely don't care about the fact that the playing field is skewed from birth, by accident of birth, to the already privileged or to the underprivileged.
Kilkis wrote:Greece needs investment
I would disagree with you there - I think that Greece needs a debt write-off, as was the case throughout history, even in capitalism. The difference is that the capitalists of today see their bank balance as being more important than the lives of people, or indeed the viability of whole countries. Once debts become more manageable, the people of Greece will work their way out of the rest of the debt in time, and there would be inward investment. Potentially, there might even be a return of some of the youth who have moved overseas due to lack of opportunity here - this, however, needs a shift in policy and attitude to hiring for ability, rather than via the old nepotism and favouritism methods.