Forum Post: Diverting our attention from the lust for extreme personal wealth to the lust for power.
Posted 3 months ago on Aug. 20, 2014, 8:02 p.m. EST by StillModestCapitalist
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I've noticed the growing campaign to excuse the richest 1% for their relentless efforts to concentrate as much wealth as possible. I've noticed the more recent effort to divert our attention instead to a smaller minority of multi-billionaires. As if the lesser concentrations of millions are insignificant. Finally, I am aware of the ABSURD claim that the rich and corrupt are motivated by a lust for 'power' not money. This claim is often made in an attempt to vilify Democrats in particular. As if their ultimate goal is to 'control the masses'.
The link below is for a complete list of Federal politicians, judges, and staff members convicted of 'on the job' corruption going back over 100 years. As you will see, the vast majority have been inspired directly by a desire to get or stay rich. Of the examples that remain, a desire to get or stay in paid office is indicated more often than not. Lies have been told (often in relation to financial matters), evidence has been withheld (often in relation to financial matters), and a few motives remain unclear (some of which certainly pertain to financial matters) but none of the criminal acts listed below were inspired by anything remotely resembling a desire to 'control the masses'. Unless of course, you consider sexual harassment of two employees such an attempt.
The pattern of financially motivated corruption has applied to both major political parties going back over 100 years. It shows that Democrats and Republicans alike, are inspired almost exclusively by a desire to get rich. Not by a desire to 'control the masses'. Not by a lust for 'power'.
There you go. Over 100 years worth of convictions. The vast majority of which prove that corrupt politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, are inspired almost exclusively by a desire to get rich. Rarely by anything but. Almost never by anything remotely resembling a desire to 'control the masses' or by a lust for 'power'.
Of course, the ongoing campaign to divert our attention from the evil of wealth concentration to the lust for power will continue. Not that I deny the corrupt influence of power or the harm that has been done by those who wield too much. But the single greatest force of government, business, and societal corruption is the desire for extreme personal wealth. Not the lust for 'power'. Any claim to the contrary is absurd.