USA: Poster child for Capitalism and Democracy?

Posted: November 11, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ve come to believe the creation of the United States was a great experiment in what would happen if elites convinced the common man he was free to choose, innovate and govern himself.  This understanding came from realizing I, a once active contributor to society, became redundant and obsolete.  I don’t believe that all of the sudden there is something wrong with me, even if that is what long-term unemployment is supposed to instill.  I know I’m not alone.  So let’s look at some history of the country and connect the dots.

Building the dream, there was an industrial revolution from 1820 – 1870, interrupted by a civil war over constitutionally guaranteed state sovereignty (marketed with human rights propaganda) from 1861 – 1865. As if by design, the nation fell into a long depression from 1873 – 1879, starving farmers off their land to work like slaves for elite factory owners. When the first depression ended, USA demonstrated to the world how freedom fostered innovation, technological advancement and prosperity for the common man … or so it seemed.

The Great Depression began in 1929. The “New Deal” seemed to be the solution, giving social safety nets like Social Security and Unemployment Compensation that rescued Americans from starvation and homelessness but also indebted the population to the government; secretly moving to a dance of deception with international bankers.

In 1932, the Norris-La Guardia Anti-Injunction Act was the first of many pro-union bills passed, reestablishing organized labor as a force with which to be reckoned, creating an environment that built a strong middle class. By 1945, the USA was recognized as a world power, emerging as the world leader after the Cold War with USSR.

Under the perception of superiority, the United States appears to have lead the world into a Fiat system of money in which the population exchanges goods and services for accounting entries based on paper money, not backed by anything of real value, invades and occupies countries, establishes governments under the guise of democracy and propagates capitalism as the means to wealth for the common man.

The link below shows how the unemployment rate in the US has changed over the past couple years. When you get to the map, click the arrow in the middle and watch how things change. It is incredible what “The Great Recession” has done to the unemployment rate that devastates the lives of hard working Americans.

Check out the 38 second video “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession“.  It is frightening.  There is no where to hide from unemployment.  The Federal Reserve, charged with maintaining employment through monetary policy has failed.  Instead of punishing those in charge, suggestions to eliminate that goal from the responsibilities of the Fed.  Instead of changing the laws that created a country where 10% of the workforce is left for dead, there is talk about eliminating the minimum wage so corporations can compete in the global market against countries with no employee protections or product standards.  Instead of correcting the trade deficits, mega-business profits at the expense of the American middle class.

What do you think about US being the poster child for capitalism and democracy?  How has this economic collapse affected you?  What will happen if this successfully spreads to the world?  How has it spread already.  I want to hear your story.  Is capitalism working for you?  If so, what advantage do you have over the 15 million unemployed people?  Are the unemployed really lazy, ignorant, stupid, unskilled, uneducated people that should be allowed to die preventable deaths?  If so, why?  When the Department of Labor claims there is 5 job seekers to every 1 job, even if college educated people flock to low-paid retail and service jobs, where will the other 4 work?    How can we regain our innovative edge when so many people are suffering?

As more people become divided along contrived religious, economic and political grounds, fracturing the masses like shattered glass, fear drives people to fight against themselves, begging the government for help.  But government is bought and paid for by unnamed donations driving hypnotic advertisements.  Negative advertising fuels the flames of destruction.  Slowly, patiently, the powers that (think they) be tighten the vice around the necks of the American public.  Unless the masses realize we, the people have allowed this to happen through our own complacency and inaction, we, the people will suffer shrinking life styles, erosion of liberty and watch the poverty grow exponentially.

When we, the people start realizing “grass roots” political movements by charismatic personalities are financed by powerful elites, we can ask ourselves why.  In capitalism, profit is the only motive.

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