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Thought of the Day: “A monopoly and a dictatorship can end up being quite the same…”

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A monopoly and a dictatorship can end up being quite the same, with concentrated power that doesn’t actually care about the needs of the people.  Yet, the debate over whether it is better for governments or private companies to run major programs, such as healthcare, often forgets this fact.

Picture of Charlie Chaplin from the film The Great Dictator, Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dictator_charlie5.jpgI originally was going to post this in December for the fourth day of Kwanzaa, which honors the principle of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics).  I am fairly sure that this principle has have the most controversy in the United States, with the “left” and “right” in a battle over what they see as the role of the government and the role of business within economics.  But, I thought I’d delay it a bit to be with this series of quotes.

So I wanted to take a step back, and look at power in general as a concept. Whether it be power through money or power through orders, both business and governments can end up in similar spots. But on the flip side, both of them have the potential to do quite a bit of good also.  Maybe we need to get past our narrow view of how we see organizational institutions that colors our politics, and look to the core of what is within social structures and our psychologies that creates organizational structures that either help or hurt humanity.

Also, if you were looking for the source of today’s exact quote, you need to look no further than myself, although I am sure there are others who have had this idea before myself (for example, my friend Aaron Pierce once mused over a similar idea to me.)

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Written by Jacob Walker

January 18th, 2014 at 11:59 am

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