It’s the economy, stupid. Or so the saying goes. We should have universal healthcare, universal basic income, and universal education the whole world over. It seems self-evident in certain circles and we could easily afford to do all of this. But saying it doesn’t make it so. There’s no accounting for human stupidity and our willingness to inflict misery on others. Capitalism is based on greed. If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we’d all have a merry Christmas.