Forum Post: Greed is the primary underlying cause of nearly every major problem of modern society. Including racism.
Posted 6 years ago on Dec. 7, 2014, 11:27 a.m. EST by StillModestCapitalist
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The entire debate over Ferguson is based on a failure to understand human nature. It can not be wished, regulated, educated, ordered or inspired away. We are biological machines. Nothing more. This remains true in spite of our diversity. In spite of the apparent ability some have to rise above their own circumstances.
The best possible formula for a peaceful, civil, just, responsible, and compassionate society begins with a reasonable distribution of wealth and resources. This foundation is vital. Without it, there is no chance for the masses to relate without serious complications. To hope otherwise is like hoping that a pack of starving dogs won't fight over a steak.
If you were to take two identical litters and raise them in separate environments, one litter safe, properly fed, housed, cared for and socialized, the other left to fend for themselves in a junkyard, you would end up with two entirely different dog societies (sorry, the proper phrase escapes me). There would be some diversity within each group but the more fortunate group would be more tame, more trusting, and easier to train. Their offspring would fare better as well right from birth. You could repeat this experiment a thousand times and get the same result every single time.
We humans make ourselves out to be above the animal behavior the wild is known for. But we aren't. Like dogs, we are programmed by our environmental circumstances. Like dogs, we do have natural instincts to care for our young and one another but even those basic instincts are effected by our own experiences. Not only in terms of method but also desire, devotion and courage.
When the resources and wealth of any society are concentrated too heavily, or the rugs pulled out from entire communities because of deindustrialization, different groups are formed. The cultures, trends, and behaviors develop in relation to the circumstances of each group. From the way they behave at the age of five to the way they relate to others at the age of 18 to the way they work as adults (if they even bother) to the way they raise and teach their children to the way they grow older to their state of mind near death and everything in between.
Damn right minority (poor minority) culture is an issue. Racism has made a huge comeback. Most of the fantastic progress made in America from the 50s to the 80s has been reversed because of 30+ years of uninterrupted wealth concentration and deindustrialization. The monster responsible for it is more powerful than ever before. It has corrupted virtually all of Western Society.
Of course, Al Sharpton is a bad influence. It makes him richer. Otherwise, he wouldn't bother. Of course, millions of minorities have bad attitudes. They were raised primarily in neglected communities. Their attitudes regarding work, welfare, crime, bling, white privilege and authority are the products of wealth concentration, deindustrialization, poor minority concentration, and racially targeted marketing. Of course, we need welfare reform. But the entitlements never would have become anywhere near as necessary to begin with if it weren't for the COW. Because of ongoing deindustrialization and human nature, they tend to become generational. They are abused because they can be.
All of the above complications are products of a society under the intoxicating influence of greed while suffering from the socio-economic effects of wealth concentration and deindustrialization. In other words, it's our own damn fault. We have built, bought, promoted, sold and voted for an obstacle that we can not overcome. The best we can hope for as a society under the intoxicating influence of greed and the horribly unjust circumstances resulting from it is an occasional tweak. To hope for anything more without a massive redistribution of wealth is like hoping for a pack of junkyard dogs to line up in single file for a bite of steak.
Even with a massive redistribution, it would take a full generation or two to effectively re-program minority culture.
The really bad news is that it won't happen. Not a single one of us will live to see the societal reform we call for from behind a wall of ignorance. The ancient Romans didn't have the courage to resolve their socio-economic issues and neither do we. It's only going to get worse. A lot worse.
Someday, many years from now, entire cities will burn to the ground.
But never mind all that. A new $600 cell phone is on the market. Beyonce and Taylor Swift have new albums. Lebron is back with the Cavs. It is now possible to artificially enhance your sex life. There is a lottery ticket out there with your name on it.
A country must have it's priorities.