Money is in charge. Politics is the handmaiden of money. It is a story as old as money. And we aren't going to fix it in my lifetime. Or yours. We have to negotiate our terms as best we can and settle for less that we would like, or deserve. This is what Jesus had in mind when he said, "The poor will be with you always." He might as well have said, "We will be poor always." Relatively poor, in comparison with the really wealthy. India's caste system is an official, state-sponsored form of an economic and social pecking order, but something similar works its way into the way all cultures are run. Equality, racial, sexual, financial, is more of a dream than a reality-- and we come to terms with that as we are able over the course of our life. How we work it out for ourselves and our life is as much a matter of context and circumstances as it is of laws and charters. It is a matter of chance that we are where we are and not somewhere else instead. Coming to terms with that, making our peace with it, and living the life that is ours to live within the terms and conditions of our living is the challenge we all face upon dropping out of the womb. Doing what we can with what we have to work with is the lot of every human being. It is the Sisyphean Task for us all seeking to find our life and live it within the time and place, opportunities and limitations of the times that are ours from birth to death. It is everything vs. money. It is democracy vs. money. Money is the autocracy behind authoritarianism. Cutting to the chase, dropping the pretense of a democratic government, and having to buy all those politicians, and telling the people to go to hell. The people are the source of the money! Dry it up! Buy only the things we need to do what needs to be done! Cut out the frivolity, and get down to business! The business of being who we are, doing what needs us to do it, when and where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, and let that be that. We will have enough money to live the life that needs us to live it throughout the time left for living!
Ukraine is at least two generations away from regaining what Russia has destroyed just because it could, and "Why not?" Russia is a resplendent example of who not to be-- of how not to do it. And there are people high up in the government of the United States who want to do it the way Russia is doing it. Doing it the way Ukraine is doing it is the way to do it. With heart and soul! With compassion and kindness! With generosity and grace! Fascism has nothing to do with any of the right things. The power to force its way on the world is all fascism cares about. Its way is death and decay and the heavy odor of rot and filth. Fascism rolls around in the rot and filth, singing, "Look at me! Look at me! Oh, look, look, look at me!!!" If only it were capable of seeing itself! Of knowing what's what! And becoming who Ukraine is!