Progressive taxation and elimination of tax shelters would allow the conversion of the military industrial complex into a space industrial complex…along with a Nordic Model of universal health care and paid tuition. Why a space industrial complex? Space Solar Power as the solution to the climate change crisis. I have written about this before; The Green New Space Deal.
At 17:00 the story of when America began to disappear…we should not forget. Now we have been through a pandemic and insurrection and military withdrawal and what happened before that is fading. We must remember that money is the god of this world.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The quote by Santayana is often used by conservatives as validating the idea of burning down everything and starting over. This is Orwellian in that it is the opposite of what Santayana meant and this is obvious when reading the full quote:
“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“
The tremendous wealth of America can be used to save humankind from the coming climate catastrophe and insure against other dangers…or continue to enable the obscene spending displays of the super-rich. Progressive taxation has always been the unseen struggle between the survival of civilization and continuing and ever-more-destructive cycles of boom and bust. For now civilization is in full retreat from the Neoliberal ideology driving humankind over a cliff.