The reason debates about economic equality, social mobility, access to opportunity, capitalism, socialism, and politics are bogged down in stubborn, circular quagmires is because most people see capitalism and commerce as the same thing.
Alone as individuals we are vulnerable and only human. Those human limitations put a ceiling on our freedom and our power to shape a better world. But collectively as a community we are so very much more.
Some readers might be offended by criticism of the US military, but nothing should be above critique. Some of the worst periods of human history occurred when people didn’t question authority or question the course their society was taking.