Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Vaughn Davis Bornet Ashland, who commented on the article by Walter G. Moss, ""Bernie Sanders Wants a “Moral Economy.” What’s That and Why’s It Relevant—Even If He Loses the Democratic Nomination?."
At my extremely advanced age, I just gave Professor Moss an hour or more. During that time I considered with him the Bernie Sanders effort to convert our capitalism to something “better.” I also enjoyed his quotations from 1914 books of economic theory written from the standpoint of courting and then enduring Change.
I do wish there were a major audience for discussions of major modifying of capitalism in the direction of fairness, that is equity, help for the world economy, and government control of vast profits in the interest of the world’s population.
So very many years I spent preparing my labor and politics book LABOR POLITICS IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC based so solidly on trade union records, Marxist hopes, and the national leadership of 19j28 and vicinity. I think of the AFL’s struggle to be heard. My account of the Communist effort to “participate” was worthwhile; and the beginning of Norman Thomas’s long struggle to influence democrats and Democrats, too. (Too bad the so heavily footnoted and researched book had its Washington, D. C. publisher go bankrupt….)
Anyway, you who are reading out there: try to join this brilliant professor’s battle (struggle?) to bring capitalism to heel–in our reeling country at least. It seems to hard; yet Perkins, Moley, Tugwell, and others gave it their best (with so many others, of course). Get in and pitch! Don’t just sit there…. Those billionaires are just asking for it, aren’t they? Hang on to the health compromises made so far; no more caving!
Vaughn Davis Bornet Ashland, Oregon age 101 plus