A Note to “Occupy Wall Street” crowds
It appears that one thing motivating and energizing your ‘movement’ is the seldom questioned belief that money corrupts politics. I suggest you have it inside-out and upside down.
Money is the way we accumulate, store and then trade the value of our having lived and worked, first, for things that sustain life and, then, for other luxuries – iPads, thongs, tattoos, bottled water, private jets, Jack Daniels, and deodorant, just to name a few. Voluntary trading and bargaining between and among men with money precludes force from being the coin of the realm.
Un-touched by political favoritism and other forms of fraud, money never lies and is never corrupt. Only in the hands of the corrupted man can money do harm.
Money corrupts politics? NOPE! That is exactly backwards. Politics corrupts money.
You will never eliminate avarice or greed from human endeavors, but if you limit the power of the state, you will eliminate the power of avarice and thereby elevate, indeed make paramount, the powers of merit and accomplishment. And that results in freedom for everyone – no exceptions.