Even if we can’t agree on all the particulars, history tells us that economic inequality is unstable. Having more power than everybody else means maintaining it, and the practical model for doing that has changed over time to manage the fully assumed risk of loss.
(Again, keep in mind, the fully assumed risk of loss has a natural symmetry. The symmetry derives from space over time, an integral value, which equals the velocity, or rate of change, or repossession. With unlimited space over time, anything is possible, and without much imagination, anything reasonably possible will probably occupy your space over time. It’s like an irrational, transcendental number. Its value transcends the rational order of numbers, but at the same time, having an emergent property, it allows for identity to be added, being integrated, or actualized, over time. It goes on forever, but the more space it occupies the more meaningfully accurate it is, reducing the ambiguity available that defines the capacity to determine your space and mine, increasing the tolerance of a natural identity with progressively less arguable ambivalence. Yes, this is a lot like Hegel described objective reality, but it is not alienation. Like he said, it is a space-over-time process of self-actualization, or in the language of science, emergent properties, which just happen to give purpose–on demand attributes–to causal identities. It just happens that combining hydrogen and oxygen creates water, but when I make it happen on demand, it clearly–inarguably!–is created with purpose.)
The effective model changes over time, gaining the value of utility. Many intellectuals argue that, statistically, we are much less prone to confirm Hobbes’ self-destruction postulate than ever before, and it is likely to get even better. Nevertheless, factor-in the potential risk of doing harm (calculate the irrational number to even more places) and the angst of doing the “probable” harm is exponentially greater, and gets exponentially bigger (in a TBTF risk dimension) over time. (It’s the picture of “The Scream!”) If we just let it rip with an Objectivist, cause-without-purpose identity, what is the purpose (the natural utility) of the effective model except to cause the risk to be avoided!
Causing the risk to be avoided has a purpose. It puts elite power and authority in control (with the Equivalent Coercive Value–the ECV-symmetry–of an arguable, but ambivalent, utility). What happens, for example, when we are fully engaged in the war on terror (international gangsterism)? All manner of deriving economic risk-value by default emerges (argued to be a natural phenomenon, like gravity), naturally occurring to consolidate economic power and, by no accident, protect us from “the big risk” it naturally causes. (Notice that the Republican debates have been about slaying the dragon and not the dismal failure of Republican economic policies and programs for just about everyone except, of course, a small fraction of wealthy Americans. Are we really expected to believe that just happens, kinda-sorta accidentally?) Don’t do that! Don’t allow it to happen.
Keeping terrorists from crossing the border is an imperative priority, but so is keeping front and center the practical model used to effect verifiable, economic outcomes.
Like the president says, it does not do any good to occupy the space of warring parties in the Middle East (not unless you intend it to occupy the policy space at home, anyway). In proper priority “We” realize what it actually means to be progressively safe and secure, both at home and abroad.
People that act like they are doing you a favor when they intend do you harm is something “WE” can all reasonably live without, in proper priority!