A pernicious feedback loop

Written by Albert Gore

The weakened state of democratic decision making in the U.S., and the enhanced control over American democracy by the forces of wealth and corporate power, have paralyzed the ability of the country to make rational decisions in favor of policies that would (improve the situation for American citizens and move America in the direction of other highly developed countries in terms of social justice and welfare).  The two trends (of weakened democratic decision making and corporate control), unfortunately, reinforce one another.  The more control over democratic decision making by powerful wealthy interests, the more they are able to ensure that decisions on policy enhance their wealth and power.  This classic positive feedback loop makes inequality steadily worse, even as it makes democratic solutions for inequality less accessible.

Al Gore, The Future, p.121.



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