I am soon to be 80 years old. One of my earliest memories is standing in a soup line with my father during the Great Depression hoping to get something to eat. The same set of facts that brought us the current financial breakdown are now again in force. It's all about greed being legal.
The problem is that smart people tend to agree that government should be smaller and not legislate morality. Those not so bright say they want unobtrusive small government ... that is unless they want it to make you live up to their moral codes and make you be like them. The Abortion issue is one such thing. So, we are left with how to have moral standards that will keep greed from ruining lives.
First I should explain that morality is not a constant. It is manufactured based on many ideologies and religious beliefs. Thou shall not kill is a moral determination ... that is unless we want to execute someone. Torture as immoral has been long ago recognized as such ... that is until Dick Cheney decided it was okay.
After long and arduous observation as to why greed is in force, I've come to the conclusion that it stems from one's mortality and the insecurity it engenders. It has become a false hedge against our inevitable death. It shows why some people can never have enough. There is this weird mindset that somehow it makes one immortal.
Unfortunately for us all we need government to act as a referee. By what imperative can we use to get to it? The key is in the fact that we wish to be civilized. Civilization is a big deal. Civilization implies limitation and therein lies the way to controlling greed.
"The Sky Is the Limit" does not apply to modern society. That premise followed to its ultimate conclusion can mean one individual can own everything. Limits on wealth have to be set. Without limits, we have what is becoming the greatest problem we face on earth. The world has gotten smaller in that we are running out of space to relocate as an escape from tyranny and so must live where some greedy folks rule our lives.
To get to fixing that we must first have more than just knowledge about things but understanding of them. Greed is not just someone or a group wanting more than they need, it is about those they take from and what happens to them.
Here we are, having had so-called legal entities ripping us off, and have no recourse because we may buy into that as uncivilized behavior but not criminal.
The recent Supreme Court ruling by the right wing of the court that corporations are individuals and may spend as much as they like to get their people elected is going to bite us in a way that even those on the Right side of the political spectrum will eventually see as Totalitarianism on the march.
I am soon to leave this earth but do care that the species does not perish. The cure for what ails us is in stopping to listen to those that wish to divide us. Those that point their finger at your neighbors, convincing you that what bad things are happening to you is their fault. We can't listen to those that bray like mules saying they want less government in their lives and yet call upon government to make you just like them.
No one person can save us. But even a small effort by millions of us can do it. Greed is not okay. It is the very thing destroying the American middle class. The middle class is about Americanism and not the notion that greed is good while it is creating a few filthy rich and millions of slaves chained to the wheel of industry to support their insecurity.