I came to learn about Kristi by way of my favorite YouTube dude, Steve Shives.  She may not be as prolific as Steve as it comes to video production, but when it comes to taking a topic and being utterly, scathingly on point, she shows many of the same chops.  Here she shines some light on a topic which has been taken for granted for way too long in the US: christian privilege: the issue of christian people and ideas taking special status as a matter of course.

Break it down, Kristi!

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A joy to listen to her!

I thought so, too!  :)

She's very well-spoken.

Powerful, and so necessary if we are to send xians back to their churches and end what might become known as America's Third Great Awakening.

Kristi used a term that caught my attention; I never refer to America as our democracy.

America has always been an oligarchy--ruled by a few. See iron law of oligarchy in Wikipedia.

In the 1787 Federal Convention, Alexander Hamilton said he wanted government by the rich and well born; James Madison wanted a government that would protect the opulent minority from the majority.

The word fascism and its variations would appear a century later.

However, a dozen cheers for Kristi Winters.

I agree, Tom. U.S.A.  was not intended to be  a democracy, but a republic, with the "rich and well born" "protecting the opulent minority from the majority". 

Education that prepares workers to fulfill the role of creator of goods and services, not to make workers owners of wealth, produces  the outcome they intended. In order to succeed in such a situation, the workers have to see beyond the paid labor force and become the makers of wealth through their own initiative. 

Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! realized more was required than hard work, years of effort, dedication and loyalty. 

U.S.A.  was not intended to be a democracy, but a republic....

Joan, I've heard many people say that and

1) am saddened that their teachers had compared apples and oranges, or

2) wonder which compact (oligarchy = democracy) dictionary they use.

America's anti-democratic (anti-mob rule) founders created a republic.

Democracy is a decision-making process; a republic is a structural form.

The etymological dictionary on my other computer might clear up the confusion.

As I recall, Germany calls itself a federal republic.

One of the histories I read in the 1980s said Hamilton and his anti-democratic allies wanted a strong central government and called themselves Federalists.

That would put Jefferson and his allies, who wanted strong state governments and later called their party Democratic Republicans, in a negative light with the name "anti-federalists".

The word "Centralist" would have described Hamilton more accurately.

The above is, of course, too complicated. The confusing "not a democracy, but a republic" will remain in use and America will remain a plutocratic oligarchy at least until the next extinction.

Wikipedia's "federal republic" clarifies the problem. It opens with

A federal republic is a federation of states with a republican form of government. Usage of the term republic is inconsistent; [1] however, at its core, the literal meaning of the word republic when used to reference a form of government means: "a state where sovereignty rests with the people or their representatives, rather than with a monarch or emperor; a country with no monarchy".[2]

The words "a state where sovereignty rests with the people or their representatives," refer to either a democracy or an oligarchy.

Outstanding! Clearly stated and supported. Able to bring the elements together to demonstrate how what seems to be an innocent, benevolent philosophy is actually not democracy. We can use her rationale to create a formidable opposition to the prevailing opinions. 




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