Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I would vote for Obama.

I am not an American citizen. If I were one, I would vote for Mr. Obama.

In my view, the race between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney is one between sharing vs. competition, collaboration vs. acrimony.

The idea that economic growth can be brought about through competition in the free market is a fantasy at best. In fact, people need to be in possession of certain knowledge and skills in order to be a functioning competitor. At a time when the disparity of household income directly translates into the educational opportunities for the kids, the gospel that Mr. Romney preaches is not only a logical fallacy but also a factually misleading propaganda.

The idea that prosperity can be brought about through competition is also false. Prosperity is based on collaboration, with each individual bringing onto the table his or her unique capabilities, without sticking a price tag to the contribution.

Mr. Romney’s speech divides and alienates people. Now is the time to take a hard look at the real conditions in which human beings make their efforts. Mr. Obama is not saying that we can be lazy and the let the state take care of us. He is just saying that in order to make a serious effort, we need to collaborate in a spirit of mutual helpfulness and respect. That is only a common sense. 

Something even a five year old kid knows, before the young mind is polluted by the false ideology of the free market.

The ideology of socialism is long gone. Now is the time for the simplistic belief in the free market to be gone. Electing Mr. 
Obama for President would be symbolic of the times when we are coming to grips with the realities of how human societies are organized and work, at long last.


DM said...

I remember you said before that you were heavily influenced by Friedman's 'Free to Choose'. I always thought it was a fascinating model, but in reality there's no such thing as a free market (in it's purest form). Free markets have always been influenced by big business interests, making prosperity for all through competition an impossibility.

Takuro said...

Thank you for another interesting post, Mogi-san!!
I used to send comments to your post very often in my younger days.
I think that was my 「若気の至り」.
m(_ _)m

In those days, Mogi-san was my idol of a thinker.

(Actually, I saw you making a speech in Okuma-kodo at Waseda university with my eyes.

Maybe that speech was for 「教育心理学会」.

I wanted to discuss with you on your discussion at that time. Yet I did not have enough courange to do so.)

Anyway, I feel happy because today I can know that you are still active and has been deepning your thought.

This is I wanted to tell you in this comment mainly.

Thank you very much for reading my comment.

It's cold in Japan these days.
Please take good care of yourself.