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Most Republicans I've had the admittedly too infrequent pleasure of listening to assume financial wealth is a greater public responsibility and opportunity than very much secondary social wealth of healthy relationships, resonant and democratically inclusive resilience. And, Green Democrats seem to share a world view giving primal priority to values of social wealth, multicultural co-investment in people, plants, planetary inter-relationships, global compassion. So, a simple Thought Experiment in competitive v cooperative relationality: Imagine you are the ultimate capitalist success story Playing a zero-sum win/lose game, you always win, so everybody else loses. Eventually all financial assets, natural resources, human resources, real properties belong to you. There remains no financial competitor left standing. You are Earth's omnipotent predator of all economic value. What happens to the value of your capital liquid assets at the moment you achieve your perfect monopolistic success? a perfect vacuum of other economic contenders? Now, imagine social relationships are our root source of value. You develop cooperative relationships that branch out into a global nurturing and mutually nutritious network of co-empowering healthy communication until, finally, no one stands outside your robust caring cooperative, your multiculturally resonant social system. At the exact moment of perfect synergetic interdependence, when loneliness, segregation, distrust, apartheid, dissociation, antagonistic lack of peaceful relationships are nothing more than a pre-millennial memory, what remains of your social, multicultural political and cooperative economic value? How would you ever finish spending and extending your social capital co-investments? So, when Republicans and not-so-Green Democrats sternly inform me We need a solid Business Model for a robust and resilient government and for perpetual economic growth, I am always curious to learn which Business Model they have in mind, Competitive win/lose? Like runaway capitalism, Or cooperative win/win? Like sacred Earth communion.

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