The United States of America embraced democracy at its inception as a nation. A grandeur philosophy of government to test the equity of the human mind and spirit once practiced by Ancient Greece. This philosophy embodied a near utopian vision for the young nation. There was one problem, how to create a commerce to sustain that philosophy. The conclusion was capitalism.
Being fresh from independence of an authoritative hierarchy and rulership of a kingdom, the Founding Fathers pursued a social system of justice, freedom, legal civil rights, liberty and balance, or democracy. None of the early architects of the young nation’s structure could foresee the outcome of democracy in practice or actuality paired with capitalism over 200 years.
Exchanging products or services for profitable monetary gains is the principle behind capitalism. Capitalism and democracy became a two pronged plug to give the system energy and electricity.
Slavery was an ideal, yet brutal economy where you had mass production of labor at little cost at all. The slaves weren’t citizens so there was no breach in the democratic system. The Native Americans were classified as a nation of its own, so again democracy operated well with capitalism. After the slaves were emancipated, they were informally classified as second class citizens, very few if any legal, economic, educational or rights as citizens were granted to this population, nor a formal and institutional acceptance in American society . This posed a social and economic problem of who would perform massive cheap labor and assimilate into the American society with ease.
First corporations utilized the prison system to perform hard labor with little pay. There was pay, but it was to the warden or commissioner of the prisons. The prison population grew enormously with many of the former slaves constituting that population. This practiced continued until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but mass incarceration of slave descendents continues to this day, in many cases, whether justified or not.
Second immigration opened up during this period to invite an influx of Europeans and other nationalities to become Americans. The steel mills, coal mines, railroads and automobile industries expanded and manufacturing in America began to boom. The embrace of capitalism had proven its worth so far.
Democracy on the other hand had to be tested to exist along side of capitalism in strength. The task was difficult, the legality and justification of legal affairs were time consuming as well as costly. Democracy had to be just and balanced and embrace its counterpart, capitalism, that fueled it at the same time.
Capitalism’s design emerges in today’s society as a pyramid structured hierarchy similar to the system of a kingdom. The king being the financial power brokers, corporations, the extremely wealthy and the subjects are the citizens. What exists today in America is plutocracy or an oligarchy, rulership by the wealthy or where power rests in a few of a dominant class.
The concept of democracy is yet, but a concept in modern America, so those who wage war against this society being socialist, need not be concerned. For it is neither democratic or socialist, its plutocratic. Today’s politicians donot represent the people, they represent control. Control is exercised from the wealthy and powerful class, corporate America.
Capitalism serves itself. That is the reason you have people who are irresponsible towards the environment and the plight of less fortunate citizens. Some say there is no global warming, this is denial of pollution of our environment, the residue of capitalism. Native Americans were great stewards of the land and environment, but not so with the industrial society that allow pollution to run off in waterways, land or the air, the residue of capitalism.
Poor people, unfortunate elderly and disable fall in the category of capitalistic residue when politicians insist they must repeal any program that assist them .
A great wealth was accumulated from capitalism in America, but not a wealthy democracy. Democracy has given way to capitalism as evident in corruption, judgements and technicalities favoring money over justice. Capitalism nor democracy can perform as a perfection, due to being products of man and man is imperfect. But America, though not perfect is a remarkable nation.
The concept of democracy was and is ideal, yet the application and practicality of it has proven to lie beyond the scope and the spirit of men.