In stomping out brutal honesty and critical thought in favor of politeness and the fear of offending,...
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CONTINUED: of things corrupts the spirit of fairness. An old story tells of three men who share one eye by passing itback and forth among themselves. Democracy is a process for ensuring that each gets an equal session with the eye. Capitalism fosters a desire to keep the eye and not share it. A rulebook, as I have said else where is an end in itself, not a means. It is intended, optimistically, to work for ever, not until we have reached a particular goal. The world does not come to an end when the nine billion names of God are uttered. Freedom of speech is not over when we have uttered a certain thing. Democracy as a rulebook is not intended to operate only until a particular individual or class has enough money.
A colleague mentioned earlier this week how thankful he is that he can tell anyone who deserves it to go take a flying leap. (Actually, his precise words are unprintable, but you get the idea.) At first glance, such uninhibited opinion-sharing might seem rude and unacceptable, but upon further reflection, it becomes clear how individuals rising up and courageously telling off the creeps who deserve it would benefit society as a whole, and how capitalism in particular is the perfect vehicle for this.
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