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Rebel Mystic: Toward a Theorization of the Aesthetic and Communicative Dimensions of Reggae and Dub
Unformatted Document Text:  37 Thus, among today’s established democracies, some like Sweden and Denmark are engaged in public expenditures, resulting in higher level of taxes that could speed up the levels of economic and political power. Others like the United States spend lesser money on social welfare believing that individuals are mostly responsible for their own well being and assuming that higher taxes could hurt the growth of the private economy. However, it is more likely that today’s democracies will move gradually and cautiously by finding a healthy balance between the well being of their citizens and the growth of the economy. Other models that could accelerate the presence of a more equal distribution of power have been proposed. For instance, Dahl (1985) argues that a market that is based on workers or employee-ownership of firms would be preferable to the current private enterprise system in bringing about a more democratic society. While such an economic model would conceivably narrow the distribution of income, and thus power, it is not likely to prevail as long as the current market system stays efficient. No consensus would be found among most individuals to change the current private enterprise system if it stays efficient. Moreover, such a remedy may not be the ultimate cure of all historical inequalities. Although Dahl’s workers or employee-ownership firms would help to facilitate and speed up the process toward a more equal society, it will not achieve it right away. There will be one missing link in the equation of socioeconomic and political equilibria: the distribution of knowledge or rationality would not automatically become more equal. A sudden and isolated increase in the distribution of income would not increase the level of knowledge or rationality of every individual overnight. Note that the bias and disturbance of history that have affected the levels of income and power have also affected the level of knowledge or rationality. Rationality

Authors: Tracy, James.
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Thus, among today’s established democracies, some like Sweden and Denmark are
engaged in public expenditures, resulting in higher level of taxes that could speed up the
levels of economic and political power. Others like the United States spend lesser
money on social welfare believing that individuals are mostly responsible for their own
well being and assuming that higher taxes could hurt the growth of the private economy.
However, it is more likely that today’s democracies will move gradually and cautiously
by finding a healthy balance between the well being of their citizens and the growth of
the economy. Other models that could accelerate the presence of a more equal
distribution of power have been proposed. For instance, Dahl (1985) argues that a market
that is based on workers or employee-ownership of firms would be preferable to the
current private enterprise system in bringing about a more democratic society. While
such an economic model would conceivably narrow the distribution of income, and thus
power, it is not likely to prevail as long as the current market system stays efficient. No
consensus would be found among most individuals to change the current private
enterprise system if it stays efficient. Moreover, such a remedy may not be the ultimate
cure of all historical inequalities. Although Dahl’s workers or employee-ownership
firms would help to facilitate and speed up the process toward a more equal society, it
will not achieve it right away. There will be one missing link in the equation of
socioeconomic and political equilibria: the distribution of knowledge or rationality would
not automatically become more equal. A sudden and isolated increase in the distribution
of income would not increase the level of knowledge or rationality of every individual
overnight. Note that the bias and disturbance of history that have affected the levels of
income and power have also affected the level of knowledge or rationality. Rationality


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