Money is a medium of exchange. That’s why it was invented. If a person had many bushels of apples, but wanted a horse and wagon, it would be hard to find an owner of a horse and wagon willing to trade for apples. Enter money. And from that humble beginning we now have forged the World’s free market economy. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
Now, if someone comes up with an idea to make money that does not violate current laws, that idea and its results become sacrosanct. Think of all the ideas that could be devastating to people, ecologies, and life in general. Once begun, they are difficult to stop. Why would we have had a law against injecting chemicals into the ground, a mile deep, before fracking began? Also, why would we have written a law against causing, or intensifying, earthquakes? I’m not just picking on fracking, but it’s an easy target.
Another non-fracking current example: I’m sure there are laws against putting lead into drinking water sources. But, are there laws against changing a water source to one that either contains lead, or that will leach lead out of the existing piping, as in Flint, Michigan? And, are the laws Federal or State? There needs to be some reasonable-and-proper aspect to our legal and economic system.
As I’ve written elsewhere, anything we desperately need, perhaps to alleviate an ongoing problem, will only get done if there is a profit motive, or if some benevolent source of funding is available. The Government as source? Our current crop of lawmakers would never permit it. Pass a law in Washington to cure drinking water problems in Flint caused by the Michigan state administration? No way! A law to help people in Oklahoma avoid broken dishes cause by earth shocks? Again, no way. How about water pollution in holding ponds that can kill livestock and wildlife?
It is the system that is the problem, and MONEY is the system. We rely on a self-regulating economy to provide for our needs. This profit-driven system is fine for anything that is elective, but not for necessities. It needs to change, and we are responsible for putting people in office that will change it. This means not voting for those who have, solicit and spend the most MONEY.
An often-used saying is that “if you want to know how things work” or “what’s going on,” you have to “follow the MONEY.” Here’s a quote from the New York Times Sunday Book Review of “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer:
In 1980 “Charles and David Koch, the enormously rich proprietors of an oil company based in Kansas, decided that they would spend huge amounts of money to elect conservatives at all levels of American government. David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 1980, but when the campaign was over, he resolved never to seek public office again. That wouldn’t be necessary, he and his brother concluded; they could invest in the campaigns of others, and essentially buy their way to political power.”
So, the profit-driven “free” market economy is not only bad at providing for our necessities, those at its top can corrupt it. These individuals don’t care about our necessities. They don’t care about global warming, or fracking damage, or lead in drinking water, or disease, or anything that would put anyone but them, or anything but their wealth accumulation, at risk. No matter who you are, or of what party you are a member, these people and their billionaire friends are your enemies. We need to defeat them. Our children and grandchildren need us to defeat them. They don’t worry about their kids, for they will inherit billions of dollars, and as things are now, those billions will buy their way out of whatever problems they have caused. Vote to change things.