Please read below one of the most important emails ever sent to me. Sent by a close friend it discusses democracy and its failures:
The stratification of wealth is happening worldwide. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s the natural result of the free flow of capital coupled with technology. It seems to me to be clearer every day that the march of capitalism, if uncontrolled, inevitably leads to impoverishment of the masses to serve the extraordinary wealth of a few. The ability for young people to transition into a comfortable middle-class life is fading worldwide.
And our democracies are not working because the freedom to influence thinking by publishing misleading nonsense on the Internet and the failure of education to give people the ability to discern logical, truthful statements from lies and distortion is fading, too.
I was shocked last night when my son told me that freedom of speech is not something worth protecting in today’s world, that it’s impossible to educate people to deal with it intelligently (i.e. they’re all too dumb) and the result is ridiculous, mindless governments elected for all the wrong reasons. I’ve always been more optimistic than he, believing things could be improved, but somehow, after some reflection on his points last night, I am coming around to his view. Democracy simply doesn’t work.