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Capitalists are not patriotic: Evidence reluctance on Russian sanctions

Here is one more reason why the capitalism must be challenged and replaced with a new sustainable economic paradigm. American corporations are conflicted with self-interest over Russia and resist the government increasing sanctions. It is all profit-driven. Capitalists in America have already destroyed the middle class and have cornered wealth into the hands of a few. Now, even when Russia has invaded another country and with the help of Russians, terrorists have shot down an airliner, business leaders at the U.S. Department of Commerce are reluctant to act.

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“Congress say the United States should punish Russian President Vladimir Putin with crippling economic sanctions.

"Impose the harshest possible sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Russia," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Fox News on Friday.

"There are much tougher sanctions we can issue," echoed Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on MSNBC the same day.

Business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have resisted broad, sectoral sanctions against the Russian economy, arguing the step would backfire on U.S. businesses.

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This is getting interesting politically because some Republicans are able to get past that conflict of interest to pursue the correct course in leveling more sanctions.

Capitalists are stuck on oil. They resist changing the economy to renewable energy that would eliminate dependence on foreign sources. They are in mortal combat against those advocating a game changer that is sustainable economics.

The highest responsibility for government is to optimize return on national resources that include capital, materials, people, infrastructure and technology. Governments create the environment in which private enterprise interact to produce gross domestic produce, invention and businesses with sufficient upward mobility to ensure a good life for all citizens.

“In the Crimean War, an English officer misinterpreted an order and directed a cavalry charge against a heavily fortified Russian position that led to the slaughter of the entire company of six hundred men. Rather than fault the officer or question the sense of the soldiers who wantonly committed suicide, the poet Tennyson famously wrote:

"Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the Valley of Death
Rode the six hundred".

The message is clear: in war, patriotism consists in following orders without considering whether they are right or wrong, or even if they make any sense. ‘Love of country’ becomes unquestioning obedience to the country's government. George Bernard Shaw once compared this attitude to ‘my mother, drunk or sober', which the philosopher, John Sommerville, rightly amended to ‘my mother's lawyer, drunk or sober’, since the existing government is not the country but only an agent currently acting in its name. Taken together, Tennyson, Shaw and Sommerville offer a neat summary of what patriotism is and the more critical doubts it raises. But the mystery of patriotism—what drives it, where it comes from and how it works—continue to elude us.”

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