Democracy in America

If you thought that I was about to quote Alexis de Toqueville, you were wrong. I quote H. L. Mencken. “As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Author: Atanu Dey


4 thoughts on “Democracy in America”

  1. Not to mention the ‘47% of this country are freeloaders on welfare’ statement. Republicans have shown an utter lack of basic human decency by their behavior, and even now they continue to be in a state of denial over their loss.

    I’m not qualified to comment on Obama’s economic policies, but during the boom time of the 50s and 60s, corporate tax in the US was over 90%. Companies didn’t go bankrupt, instead they made solid advances in education, set up the whole interstate highway system and created a whole generation of scientists and engineers who put man on the moon.

    America has lived off the technological dividends of such investments in the past, left to the Republicans they’ll dismantle the whole structure of government with the mantra of the free market, and revert to the robber baron days of the so called Gilded Age of the early 20th century. By the rules of the free market and privatization, the victims of Hurricane Sandy should’ve been left to fend for themselves, or should have looked for a private contractor to rescue and rehabilitate them. (Compare with the Bush administration’s response to Katrina in 2005).

    The free market is good, but it cannot provide everything. You still need a balance between government intervention and capitalism. India is too far to the left, the US is too far to the right.

    And finally, I disagree with other Indians who see the US elections through the myopic lens of whether it will be good for Indian outsourcing, which employs a tiny fraction of people in India who have actually gone to college.


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