Capitalism thwarts equal opportunity
Representative democracy is a sham in any country, in which the wealthy (top 1 percent) can impose its will on the rest of us.
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Elections have clearly become meaningless when the Republicans, who lost the last national election, are trying to dictate its misguided agenda by threatening to shut down the federal government and/or force our country to default on its debt obligation by refusing to raise the debt limit.
Our country, which is supposed to be the bulwark of both democracy and capitalism, is demonstrating their inherent incompatibility. Capitalism is exacerbating the growing inequality in resource distribution, which in turn undermines equal opportunity, which is the very foundation of our democracy.