democracy vs. aristocracy

Check out this telling graphic from United for a Fair Economy, which makes me wonder: in a society where the political campaign prerequisites (read: money) are making it more and more difficult for most people to get elected as political representatives, and serve their constituency (read: not the wealthy), can our democracy survive this kind of egregious economic inequality?

It is fine to have financial incentives and rewards for those in society who value working hard toward those aims. But when the wealth of a few threatens the livelihood and economic opportunity of so many others, then it seems something is quite out of balance.

To me, this looks more like an aristocracy than a democracy. And that is not good.

 

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Filed under Accountable Wealth, American Dream, Class, Economic Justice, Economic Opportunity, Fair Taxation

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