1. Throughout your online conversation you have noted the interesting juxtaposition between Soviet communism/Marxism and American republican capitalism. For Marx, the end goal of the Communist revolution was to end history (a la Hegel) and to seemingly establish a serene utopia of the economic superstructure. However what this really equated to was the mass production of an obeisant population made up of mindless minions. Thus, it seems Marx and his comrades were not only fixated on liberating the proletariat, but were also bent on establishing the perfect economic system. What they failed to understand is that perfection inherently contains limitation. You can only fly so far until you hit the glass ceiling of perfection. However, if there is no such thing as perfection then one can be progressively and infinitely ever better! The opposite is also true—one can be infinitely worse. And if one cannot move forward or backward then naturally a state of anxiety and uncertainty will arise. At least that is until you work your way out of the slough and onto the right track once more. It seems America has taken this approach as it does not embrace, nor purport, to be perfect. Indeed it would probably be better if it didn’t because, as mentioned previously in can be ever better. Although in order to achieve this America (or Americans) must work endlessly and remain forever vigilant and desirous of progress. If America is successful in this endeavor then it can reach new heights of prosperity, fortuity, and happiness. America can be beyond “perfection”!
  2. Furthermore, in a more recent post you ended with the seemingly perplexing question of: to whom does America belong? I say it belongs to the one percent. Or as I also label it: the Meritocratic Aristocracy. A blasphemous proposition! I know–certainly not in America!–but let me explain. I mean aristocracy in the traditional Greek sense of the word in “rule by the best.” Not rule by a class of fops whose sole occupation is to manage the serfs and demesne and sample the most exquisite of port wines (or maybe claret). No, the one percent belongs to anyone who possesses the intellect, drive, and passion to obtain a position in its ranks (think Fortune 500 aristocracy).

The one percent is a truly organic class (group) of people. It knows no size or extent. And can accommodate any who are willing to work tirelessly, and indeed possess the intellectual faculties, in order to join its ranks. Thus it seems that what I mean by the one percent is really the middle class—albeit perhaps a more updated version. You make known within your Republic that the middle class is the best class and rightly so. The one percent is the middle class as it calls both the upper and lower classes to its ranks. And if the middle class is the best then it surely must be number one as well. This whole situation reminds me of a certain anecdote mentioned by certain scientists. They claim that humans and chimpanzees share ninety-nine percent of their DNA. While this is certainly true, the message they try to convey with it is somewhat wonky. They try to make it seem as if this is a sort of a humbling realization that will help to put humanity in its proper perspective. However, what they fail to take note of is it is not the ninety-nine percent that matters in this comparison with our primate cousins, but the one percent difference which we do not share. This one percent differential is what allows chimps to be inside the zoo looking out, whereas humans are the ones standing outside the zoo looking in. And we have put them there!

Therefore, what I mean to say is that in any governmental system it is the one percent that is the true movers and shakers that run the whole operation. It would be interesting to hear what you think about an epistocracy? This form of government seems to run dangerously close to Plato’s conception of the Republic, and not in all the right ways. How does your conception of the United States republic differ and/or address this consideration? It seems the Founding Fathers were epistocrats themselves. Or at least they were men who possessed the fortitude and wisdom to conduct the Great Experiment. It is also no wonder that most of them were also relatively wealthy New England merchants.  This would seem to conform with the previously elucidated narrative that America belongs to the one percent/middle class. The Founding Fathers were indeed members of the colonial middle class as of America’s founding. And look how well their experiment turned out. Perhaps it was because they had the best brains behind its construction, and not a bunch of muzhiks ready to follow their communist overlords into the polar plunge of Siberia.

Plato’s conception of the Republic

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