If we would have sat down together, fifty years ago, and said “Let’s create a world” – we would not have created this world.
We would have never in our wildest dreams have created a world where big business holds no responsibility over what they produce. We would never had said, “Hey I know! Let’s make a world where big businesses can create any kind of mess they want, and never have to clean it up.” We would never have have said, “And also, let’s make sure the toxins they spill into the world cause cancer (cause that’s such a fun and profitable disease) and let’s set it up so that the more a business sidesteps decency the more money and power they get, until controlling them is completely impossible.”
We wouldn’t have done it.
We would never have created a world where slick advertising moguls use their awesome manipulative skills to sway uneducated voters to go along, happily, with ideas and policies that are completely against their self-interest. Fifty years ago we would have never imagined that we could become a country that doesn’t believe in science.
Fifty years ago progressive thinkers would have been Republicans. We would have never imagined that our party would take a downward plunge into valuing big business over people’s rights. We would have never envisioned that it was possible to ignore decades of clear evidence that we are poisoning and fouling our environment. We would not have seen that as good government, or smart for business. We would have been proud of our history with Abraham Lincoln. We would have studied Trickle Down Economics and gone, “What???” We would have studied our fore-fathers and learned from their worries about what might happen if mean-spirited, fear-based politics won the day.
Fifty years ago if anyone had said, “Hey, I have a good idea. Let’s fill our air, soil and water with dangerous chemicals for half a century and see what happens.” Everyone would have said… NO!
Just saying. It’s clear madness. We don’t have to continue doing it now.