Feb. 1st, 2017

Cat Party

Feb. 1st, 2017 09:32 am
rebeccmeister: (bikegirl)
A part of me really wants to start a political party called the Cat Party, because of aspects of the political platforms of BOTH major parties in this country that I disagree and am dissatisfied with. It might be analogous to the Pirate Party in Iceland. And I know I'm far from the minority on feeling dissatisfied with both major political parties - that's how a LOT of Americans feel. My thinking is that the Cat Party would work with existing political parties when appropriate, but would take its own strong stance on issues where neither major party is stepping up. Also, internet cats.

Some of the key issues are summarized in a New York Times article on How France may sound the "death knell" for social democracy. It's useful to look at how matters are handled in other countries just to get some perspective, because right now a lot of Americans are just caught up in a massive freak-out.

A big part of the issue, to me, is that I just don't see free-market capitalism working to serve the majority of people. "Too big to fail" sounds like the opposite attitude from the period where the US went through and broke up monopolies, and consolidations are continuing to happen, left and right. Have there ever been good systems for breaking up concentrations of wealth (+ power)? I'd be interested to learn more on the subject.

Also, on rhetoric and persuasion: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-simple-psychological-trick-to-political-persuasion/515181/

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