Robert F. Kennedy’s Blind Spot

Howard Switzer
4 min readApr 16, 2023

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”…

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Howard Switzer

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