Polly, you are overlooking the fundamental
flaw in our "society" (so fundamental and pervasive that no one
notices it), which is that it is not primarily a society at all, but an
ENVIRONMENT, which Homo sapiens, being the animal he is, seeks to
exploit to his own, individual, advantage. Bankers are simply
pursuing their evolved Darwinian nature, it's just that they are in a better
position to exploit society (their environment) than most.
Society should (ideally and necessarily, if it is to
survive) be a natural development of our TRIBE; instead it serves as an
ENVIRONMENT, which we all (only some more advantageously than others) now
The institutions of state and economy arose and
developed to facilitate this exploitation, to the advantage of "society's"
dominant and privileged elites, who were the ones best able to influence
There has been a huge expansion and
diversification, during the past century especially, of society's dominant
and privileged elites, to which you and I, Polly, now also belong.
We are all conditioned, and obliged by its
immense power, to look to the STATE, which has effectively replaced our
tribe, with misconceived expectations. It didn't arise and develop
primarily to serve society (except as a shepherd serves his flock, i.e.
for the meat and wool it provides and can be sold at market, and
notwithstanding the genuine concern he may feel for a lost or injured lamb),
but to facilitate its self-exploitation. That's a tough and troubling
insight to digest, with profound and revolutionary implications for all the
political and social sciences.
If Bankers, or anyone else making lots of money,
recognised their own TRIBE in society, or a genuine development of it, they
could emotionally relate to, they would want to and get great pleasure from
sharing it (as the evolutionary development of our brains intended), instead
of doing all in their power to keep it for themselves.
But we ALL do that (not just bankers), because
subconsciously, and despite all rationalizations and self-delusion to the
contrary, following the example of our dominant elites, we see and treat
society not as our tribe, but as an ENVIRONMENT to be exploited, to our own
and our immediate family's advantage.
Continuing on from my first post:
Polly, with your suggestion of a super-tax,
you would force people to treat society as if it were their tribe, rather
than just an environment to be exploited, but that is like trying to force
someone to love you, i.e. inherently doomed to failure.
Our problems can only be solved at their source. What
we need is a society (or rather, societies, in contradistinction to the
monolithic and monstrous STATE) which individuals can freely and genuinely
relate to as their extended tribe. Only then will we be able to realise,
peacefully and grassroots-democratically, the kind of society (just,
humane and sustainable) you lefties dream of, but vainly imagine must be
implemented by the state.
As I'm always trying to point out, the state's
inherent and primary purpose (being a product of man's perverted Darwinian
nature) is, as it always has been, to facilitate society's
self-exploitation to the advantage of some over others. It has served (and
exploited) us for over 1000 years, thereby giving rise to our
civilisation, but now we must introduce some radical changes, before the
turbo self-exploitation it is now responsible for and intoxicates us with
the transient material fruits of, leads to its, and our own,