At times, I can barely contain my amazement that the average person doesn’t understand the need for socialist tendencies in American government. Yes, of course, most of them are undereducated and unwilling to think, but even such obstacles seem unlikely to hide the sheer obviousness of the growing problem. Yet of course they do, and the sheeple blunder on in blind support of anything anyone can convince them is “good ol’ fashioned American.”
Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, Enron. What more needs to be said. Eisenhower, the last Republicn president who wasn’t an actual danger to the nation, though he had his drawbacks, warned us. Of course, given that the Republicans are even more thoroughly owned and driven by the Corporate Machine than the Democrats, we should all be amazed and thankful that a Republican was the last to sound the warning about the military-corporate complex that was taking over. But now they have, and while their control is immense, we theoretically have at least a small chance of reversing some of the damage, but it simply won’t happen.
If you haven’t already done so, go to a bookstore, buy some Bruce Sterling novels, and read. I can’t imagine anyone having a more accurate vision of our likely future than he does. Specifically, read Heavy Weather, Holy Fire, or most to the point, Distraction. In it, America is a third word nation rapidly losing it’s strength and world position, yet still fighting to maintain the delusion that it controls the world. Sound familiar? Distraction’s America is a nation in the midst of depression, where the rich still continue to play their games, enjoy their luxuries, and sway politics to their advantage with money and corruption, as if the two are really all that separate. A nation in which most people live on subsistence welfare rations, manufactured food, produced paste, not organic food but chemical food that can be mass produced. Most people have no job, no hope, no room for advancement or improvement. If you haven’t realized that America is already well on its way to that point, you haven’t been paying attention.
I have to say, the corporate strategists, the profit pirates, (some of who may not even have been evil, but simply blind to the obvious conclusion of a tendency which says that profit is always the only goal, regardless of the long term effect on workers, consumers, the economy, or the nation) did a remarkably good job of “winning” the twentieth century. The socialist movement early in the century scared them shitless, and they saw equity, fairness, responsibility as likely to harm their ability to increase profits and line their pockets, and so they spent the century, with great assistant from totalitarian quasi-socialist regimes, convincing Americans that any limit on their ability to profit was evil and Anti-American. And now here we are.
America, and for the most part the world, is the proverbial dead man walking, the creature whose systems continue functioning despite the terminal disease already, interminably, inexorably killing the creature that nurtures it.
So Carpe Diem, kids, it’s only gonna get worse.