Originally Posted by noah way
Someone explain, how the Republican party is still alive...
- lots of corporate "donations"
- corporate ownership of mass media
- gerrymandering and election fraud
That pretty much covers it. Except of course for the stupidity of people who vote against their own self-interest.
The financial backers of the Republicans want a return to the Gilded Age, a large, cheap supply of labor, thus their opposition to women's reproductive health.
They also require no government interference in the formation of monopolies and government leaders are beholden to the extremely wealthy. Large propaganda efforts must be made to deceive the public, those not deceived need to be disenfranchised and the vote counting process needs to be controlled.
Government has to be limited and subservient to the few wealthy plutocrats that cheated and swindled to obtain great wealth, such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan, who are paragons of virtue compared to Koch, Adelson and VanderSloot.
Laissez faire ideology leads to economic collapse, which can lead to a rise of a Hitler, Stalin, or Mao Tse-Tung.
Economy in The Gilded Age
"It is hard to ignore the contributions of these industrial giants to the development of the American economy. But some historians suggest that focusing on these sorts of individuals still fails to capture the full character of the emerging industrial economy. Like the statistical portrait, or the reduction of the economy to a list of abstract ingredients, this focus on just a handful of powerful individuals fails to capture the character of the economy for the vast majority of America's 75 million people. In particular, these approaches fail to reveal the impact of this particular form of economic growth on those at the bottom of the economic ladder. The same economy that gave Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Morgan the opportunity to amass the largest fortunes in the history of the world also required unskilled industrial laborers
to work an average of 60 hours per week for 10 cents an hour. (Accounting for inflation, 10 cents in 1880 was worth about as much as $2 today.)"