|"And how, exactly, does that relate to what I was saying?"|
Naturally we were a little taken aback by the change of subject. It's like the fast food clerk getting lectured on the greedy capitalist system and the deleterious health effects of too much fat in the diet when the question was whether the customer wants fries with that.
This brings us to the point of this posting. That is, the question most people manage to avoid these days in their anxiety to show others how virtuous/smart/whatever they are (in comparison with those others, of course) is how people are supposed to be empowered so as to be able to resist all the greed, bad health, etc., etc., etc. that "they" impose on the rest of "us," and that the interloper thinks we should be discussing instead of what we're discussing. They tend to get very irritated if you try to get the discussion back on tract, and avoid the question by insisting that we're avoiding the question.
|Daniel Webster: "Power follows property."|
The bottom line here is that power, as Daniel Webster and countless others have pointed out, naturally and necessarily follows property. Restructure the system so that, as Pope Leo XIII recommended, "The law . . . should favor ownership, and its policy should be to induce as many as possible of the people to become owners." (Rerum Novarum, § 46.)
Yes, toilets in Harlem are important. World peace and ending hunger are important. The level of wages and benefits is important.
A lot of things are important . . . but what we're discussing on the Just Third Way blog is a way to solve all those problems and others through access to the means of acquiring and possessing private property in capital.