Okay Tink...some thoughts...
It is difficult to find information on Bismarck on YouTube, but in this regard I really noticed; when Germany was just getting unified, there was a strong socialism movement. Bismarck really disapproved of socialism, so what he did was bring in national health care and national pensions! (Or something like that...you may well know this more accurately than me. )
ANYWAY, in my new-found expertise of reading up on all this for One Whole Year now , I am becoming convinced that a stable democracy really requires a strong working class, a thriving middle class...hopefully a great deal of overlap there...
This that we now have is not working. Pushing old people into homelessness and death, pushing working classes onto the streets where they develop a drug/crime culture and then pass that on to the next generation(s)...and getting worse QUICK.
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Let's do a Bismarck, or something...our economic system is gamed to push wealth upwards and now I am not even sure whether capitalism is the problem, but whatever it is not sustainable. I like Bernie, does he have the wisdom for all this? idk...is there anyone who does?...idk.
(Whew...out of breath after all that...I think I need some tea...)