Which made America great (in the eyes of the world) Democracy or capitalism?
How does anyone come to the conclusion if we lose one somehow our greatness will increase? Or returned to a level it once was.....
- 1 year agoFavorite Answer
The libertarian anti-government spoiled-brat villains in the 2017 Jane Mayer book "DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" (with the word 'radical' meaning domestic-terrorist level extremism), headed by the Koch brother oil barons Charles and David since 1979, has sought to deliberately destroy the United States as the ideal of a representative democratic republic envisioned by our oppressions-fleeing founding fathers. The main idea behind being a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC is that the people---the citizens of the United States---are the government, but we choose to delegate authority or pick "agents," if you will, at local, state, and federal levels to represent us, and we give these elected representatives the authority to negotiate on our behalf. The GOP erosion of this system that has been orchestrated by corporate-colluding Republicans' lobbyist-bought DEREGULATION of banks, Wall Street, housing and credit markets, and our nation's profits-driven corporations, giving political donating corporate bosses ABSOLUTE POWER by removing all Congressional (representative) oversight, all consumer- and workers-protecting regulations, and eliminating all systems of checks and balances that our elected "agents" are supposed to provide on our behalf.
So here is the answer to your question: The United States is and has always been a Yin-Yang balance between capitalism (for-profit, privately owned) and socialism (taxpayer funded, taxpayer owned), and we function strongest as a nation when this crucial balance is both protected and preserved. As we have discovered time and time again whenever the fiscally illiterate "trickle-on-down" and "deregulate everything" (dereliction of duty) Republicans have totalitarian power, we get massive debt and nearly fatal recessions (1929-1938 Great Depression, for example, and the more recent Great Recession (see PBS's "Nightline: Inside the Meltdown" to learn more).
Zardoz is incorrect in stating that "Capitalism is democracy" which is simply not even close to being true. The assumption that the American people vote only based on how they spend money, assuming that they have not had their jobs outsourced to Third World countries to "expand profit margins" and fatten the wallets of the corporate bosses, is also not accurate. Socialism in the United States means that which we, the people, fund and own (NOT for-profit!) them, to include highways and roadways; bridges and tunnels; the mass or public transportation system; our nation's courts; Congress at state and federal levels; Social Security; Medicare and Medicaid; our military; national parks; libraries; police and firefighters; assorted taxpayer-funded federal agencies like the FDA (food and medicine safety requirements), the EPA (clean air to breathe, clean water to drink), the FAA (safety requirements for airlines), and so on.
Too much capitalism without the balance of socialism unleashes bottomless-pit corporate greed and corruption, but conversely too much socialism without the balance of capitalism can produce slow economic growth or stagnation. What makes America truly great has to include its MELTING POT status where folks of all faith choices, all ethnicities, from all walks of life have equality guaranteed to them by our Constitution, and we have a public-private (socialist-capitalist) balance as described.
- ZirpLv 71 year ago
the real difference is the debt....
having a voting system that reduces your choices to just two parties is NOT democracy
- JamesLv 71 year ago
- PLv 71 year ago
and creating an enormous market for foreign imports
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- GenLv 41 year ago
The Fake Chosen gave the word Democracy and Capitalism to America, you best get those Revisionsit words out of your head before you ask questions
- geraldLv 71 year ago
America is great to Americans sir it is not Great in the world it not known as Great America anywhere except America these are facts Britain is Great Alexander was Great and Catherine of Russia is Great there is no Great American its not in the books sir
- Anonymous1 year ago
When I travel to other countries the people are more likely to admire the music and culture of the American people. They see America through entertainment.
- ZardozLv 71 year ago
Capitalism is democracy. You vote by how you spend your money. Socialism gives your vote to centralized authority.Source(s): [n] = 10ⁿ