Ignorance of the Commons

Posted here (week 1935).

I just have to get this off my chest.

The “Tea Party” movement is directed by the ignorant, the power-hungry, and myopic oligarchs. They appear to be driven only by misled spite, fear, bigotry, and greed.

I do sympathize with their stated libertarian platform. Open markets are a proven way to orient social forces towards optimizations. Unfortunately, our capitalist oligarchy only applies this magic of economics to currencies of wealth and power, optimizing for productivity of monetary value. This is not enough; we need collective governance to direct markets that optimize for sustainable consumption of shared resources and holistic well-being.

The traditions of zero-sum competition and the defensive anti-socialist postures they engender are antiquated and immature. I find it more inspiring to embrace the necessity of working together to achieve prosperity.