Robert F. Kennedy’s Blind Spot

Howard Switzer
4 min readApr 16

Robert F. Kennedy should be elected President. His dedication and accomplishments over recent decades doing the work Presidents should have done at the intersection of the environment, the economy and democracy, are nothing short of astonishing. In that sense he is already the President in many ways, fighting to protect citizens and their livelihoods from the uncaring industrial juggernaut of corporate capitalism that has strayed so far from what he calls “free market capitalism.” He points out that government agencies have been captured through “a series of mechanisms.” He calls the polluters, “the incumbents” and notes that nature is our community’s infrastructure that “can’t be reduced to private ownership.”

Robert was born and raised as a member of an elite family and I find it remarkable that he was instilled with such a good set of moral values. A testament to Ethyl Kennedy perhaps. As a lawyer he has gone after polluters who are destroying livelihoods, communities, and our planetary life support system. If capitalists were all like Robert Kennedy we would be living in a better world, no doubt. But that is not our reality, nor will it ever be under our current debt-based monetary system, and this brings me to Robert’s blind spot.

In my article, The Persistent Blind Spot, I write that capitalism is wrongly and self-servingly conflated with “free enterprise” and “free markets” which by the very nature of the system we call capitalism are not allowed to be free. Instead, they are in debt to the banking system that extracts profits from their production via interest. So, “free market capitalism” is an oxymoron, capitalism is debt slavery and the control of markets. The enterprises and the markets have been dominated by monopolies for over 140 years all owned by those who own the banking industry. Free enterprise is the source of the good that capitalism claims, and it is the good which we should liberate. That “series of mechanisms” used by the “incumbents” to capture government agencies is MONEY. Money is also used to control public policy as Congress is so easily bought. Money is the governing factor.

For free enterprise to flourish we need free markets, and this means changing the monetary system from a private enterprise seeking to maximize private profits by controlling markets to a public system seeking to…

Howard Switzer

Howard Switzer is an ecological architect and monetary reformer in rural Tennessee.