Regarding Paul Krugman’s Oct. 27 column “ Plutocrats against democracy”: Like Krugman, I believe “the political right has always been uncomfortable with democracy.” Plutocracy is a political system governed by the wealthy whereas democracy rests on the doctrine that the numerical majority can make decisions binding on the whole group.
Today, it is the extraordinarily wealthy very few, many of whom are descendants of the jobs creators who helped grow the greatest middle class the world has ever known.
Growing up as a child with vivid recollections of World War II, I think an exception to the above rule occurs most often when the “whole group” or, in that case, our country is confronted by outside forces that threaten the whole. It is then that participation by the majority is welcomed, most especially perhaps by the wealthy who see themselves as having the most to lose.
I believe the greatest threat to the blessings bestowed on us by the common sacrifice made by our forebears comes again from the political right. It is the duty of us all to become informed and engaged to confront the forces that threaten our precious democracy.
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