I STILL think I should be president - because I have answers for everything. And there are answers for all of the challenges we face. They just usually aren’t easy answers, and almost all of them involve some kind of compromise.
Here are some of those answers. Some are big, some are small, and all are a part of Democratic Capitalism.
We need to get through this crisis, and we will. Once we do, we need to have a real conversation about the proper role of government. What do we as individuals take responsibility for, and what responsibilities do we place on society, on government? It’s not an easy question – where does individual responsibility end, and government responsibility begin? Where do the rights of the individual end,and the rights of the group begin? After the crisis of 2008, we did not have the conversation we needed to have. We didn’t fix our financial system. We didn’t fix Democratic Capitalism. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Our system is broken. American Capitalism is broken. Once we’ve caught our breath, we need to make sure to have a real conversation about the role of government in our interconnected democratic society.
The premise of Democratic Capitalism is that we identify problems which impact the lives and freedom of our citizens and then make adjustments to our systems to mitigate the problem. One of the problems in our society is that the anonymity of digital communications allows some people to feel empowered to say things that they would never say to someone’s face. An example of this are threats of harm or even death. If threats of this nature were made face to face, the person making the threat would be subject to arrest. However since these threats are being made remotely, often anonymously, action is almost never taken against the person making the threat. The Digital Threats Act would address online threats. Communications and social media providers would be required to add a Threats Flag to their software that would allow aperson receiving a threat to immediately flag it. This information would be submitted to theFBI for inclusion in a Digital Threats Database. READ MORE https://theamericanjourney.net/2020/03/01/digital-threats-act/
To understand what’s gone wrong with our country, we have to start with what we got right. What we got right was a compromise in the 1930s that created the democratic capitalist system that we have today.In the nineteen thirties there was a global battle between two different ideologies, capitalism and socialism. The promise of socialism, to the people that believed in it, was that it would create greater wealth because it was scientific and it would spread that wealth more evenly.
In the United States of America, to our credit, we did not fall for the fantasy of socialism. Instead we took a different path. We stuck with capitalism, but we used democracy to make sure capitalism worked for everyone. Capitalists got to continue owning the means of production, the factories and mines and railroads and stores, but we would use the power of democratic government to ensure that every US Citizen would have a chance to participate in our economy and that every participant would operate under the same set of financial and legal rules. This compromise – we stick with capitalism, but everyone gets in the game and everyone plays by the same set of rules – is what made our country the greatest country in the world.
The compromise made economic sense. Capitalism actually works better – is purer - if there is one set of rules for everybody. If there’s one set of rules, free market competition decides the winners. If there are different sets of rules for different participants, it’s the government – the rule writer - that decides the winners and losers. Our economy is more efficient, and produces more wealth, if we let the market decide. Capitalism works better if there is only one set of rules for banking, investment and insurance.
Practical Libertarianism offers a realistic approach to the challenges of governing our country – the Libertarian Party is the answer our country needs.
Libertarianism is based upon the primacy of free will, the idea that each and every person should have the right to choose the course of his or her life. But we live in a modern, interconnected world - the ability of individuals to participate in our free market is dependent, in part, upon a role for government. Ensuring that each child has access to education and every person has access to roads and highways, regardless of a person’s ability to pay taxes in support of road building. Regulating the financial system. These and many other tasks of government are critical to ensuring that each and every American can participate in the free market –that each individual has the skills and opportunities to exercise his or her free will in our economy. Our country has always shied away from redistribution of outcomes. We have always believed in redistribution of opportunities, of using the power of government to ensure that each person has the ability to pursue their own version of the American Dream. We call it Democratic Capitalism, and it works.