The flaws of communism and centralized economic planning are now pretty obvious, but what about capitalism? I think the capitalist system works pretty well, even if it’s not perfect. On the other hand, this latest development really makes me stop and wonder. I’m personally ashamed that I live in a society where this can happen. Of course it happens only because the mainstream press can be counted on to report it, which is what creates economic value for information that is unspeakably crass.
So maybe it’s our mainstream press that’s the problem. Is there any sensational news that they wouldn’t report if it would gather a lot of attention? I’ll bet they’d love to see the return of public executions. That would be a real ratings boon, and the production expenses would be nominal. But, the saddest thing is that, if they aired the executions, there would be a lot of people who’d watch them.
Sigh. I guess it’s not really capitalism or the press, after all. Maybe we aren’t really a very advanced civilization. That would be shocking news to a lot of people who blithely ridicule other societies for their supposedly primitive and backward ways. But, even if it’s true that our society is weakening you can bet the press won’t be reporting that news anytime soon.
Or if they do, it won’t be a headline grabber.[UPDATE] HarpersCollins cancelled the book deal (only because of public outcry at the shamelessly profit-motivated ploy). I think this article more than adequately describes the situation.