Will the Republican bargain with the devil bring down capitalism?

 
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18 January 2019 11:05
 

Trump secured massive tax cuts for the rich, and stacked the Supreme Court to favor of Republicans.  His supporters don’t care that he’s a fraud, a cheat, a polluter and a liar.  He represents their values.  That’s why he ‘jokes’ that he could shoot someone on 5th avenue in broad daylight and his supporters would applaud and vote for him.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/01/23/trump_i_could_stand_in_the_middle_of_fifth_avenue_and_shoot_somebody_and_i_wouldnt_lose_any_voters.html

“In America, fraud has always been a key feature of business, and the national worship of entrepreneurial freedom complicates the task of distinguishing salesmanship from deceit. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America—and the evolving efforts to combat it—from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.”

https://press.princeton.edu/titles/10819.html  (FRAUD - An American History)

quote from this review:  “By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without encouraging a corrosive level of cheating, ‘FRAUD’ reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust.”

(Edward J. Balleisen is professor of history and public policy and vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at Duke University.)

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19 January 2019 21:16
 

I doubt it. It seems like the very essence of capitalism.

 
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21 January 2019 03:37
 

this isn’t Capitalism, it is Kleptocracy.
And the GOP is all for it.

 
 
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21 January 2019 10:20
 
Twissel - 21 January 2019 03:37 AM

this isn’t Capitalism, it is Kleptocracy.
And the GOP is all for it.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kleptocracy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy