As a follow up to my last post I just want to point out that in ancient Hellas it was not uncommon for those who were considered ” too powerful” to be exiled for a time. This seems reasonable, though it is justified in history as a reaction based in fear of someone becoming too powerful that they become a dictator, but should be seen rather than those who are excessive in power and finances cause instability in a society of equals for which democracy is supposed to be. In the US this is particularly evident with the disappearance of the so called-middle class and the gulf between the haves and the have nots widening (reminiscent of the Great Depression). All the power is put within a limited sector of the population, because, lets face it…in a capitalist system the person with the money is the person with the power. Perhaps that is what we need to do. Those who are ridiculously rich and powerful…take away their property and a large chunk of their funds and kick them out for a bit and they can return in …say… ten years time when they will be less influential. Though this seems even a bit too drastic for my tastes, it seems like it would be more worthwhile to reduce their property and power by taxation and regulation rather than having all the drama that goes with exile LOL. All the same excessive power and the excessive resources that goes along with it, leads to social instability not unlike the relationship of master and serf. Therefore a social contract which protects the interests of fellow citizens by putting in restrictions in order to provide a better welfare for all, should include a regulation against such excessiveness. Nothing in excess is not a meaningless maxim, but applies also to our social relationships with each other. In order for a state to be able to provide equal freedom to all of its citizens there must be provision within the social contract against economic usary, or economic slavery as I call it, that benefits only a small percentage of citizens. Once a social contract ceases to benefit its citizens it is useless, and then what prevents people from living outside the social contract and giving rise to excessive crime.
I watched a video recently about the social humane conditions of Norway, and though I know it was posted as means of conveying a kind of lackluster dullness I was rather impressed with it. By equal and humane treatment they have by far much lower crime rates than what we see here. Though there will always be some psychopaths in every group of people, there does seem to be some coorelation between equality and fare treatment in the social contract and how people react towards their laws and government.
And we have a provisio in our own constitution that says if every our government fails to protect the rights of its people it is our responsibility to dismantle it. It seems quite evident as to why this was put into a federal document of such importance, because we had just gotten out of a system of government which was abusing the basic humane rights of the people for its own excesses in order to start a democratic state in which the people would have the determining voice.
Equality, Freedom and Justice….the handmaidens of Apollon. Lets give them their due and proper recognition. The polis is created to bring together the people for the benefit of all (flash forward now as an important note for the Metageitnia, which refers to a bringing together). Therefore if we are going to successfully live in a polis, the equal benefit of all must be recognized. The American economy is having a difficult time…it is not just to fix this by punishing the poor and take away what little is available which in reality is far from enough whereas all citizens should enjoy the basic privlidges of education (and where a four year college degree is now becoming necessary for decent employment attending college for a four year degree should at minimum be included in this though it seems that we would prosper if full graduate education was provided in order to benefit our society at a large…after all a doctor who gets his degree paid for by the state cannot justify high rates for medical care, and then the cost of general medical care is decreased for which it is also a reasonable burden for the state to take on to provide free healthcare), health (many people cannot get medicaid or afford insurrance and if they take money for medicaid that will be even more people hurting for basic medical care) and nutrition (have you seen the cost of groceries lately!). It makes no sense to hurt the greater majority for the benefit of the minority. We have been brought together in a federal state, a singular body, and now all citizens must be treated justly. And I will not consider it unjust treatment if someone cannot get a new jet or mercedes this year.
Enough rant now 🙂