American Psychosis: What happens to a society.....
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This column just about sums up the argument I was making about the US being such a great & wonderful country.....enjoy!
•The top 1% of Americans now control more wealth than the bottom 90% combined.
•World-wide porn revenues, including in-room movies at hotels, sex clubs, and the Internet, topped $97 billion in 2006—more than that of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflixs, and EarthLink combined.
•The football coach is the University of California-Berkeley’s highest paid “employee”; he makes about $3 million a year. Nationwide, full-time faculty positions have been disappearing, replaced by adjunct positions, with itinerant instructors barely making living wages.
•Collapsing and overwhelmed sewage systems release more than 40,000 discharges of raw sewage into our drinking water, streams and homes each year.
•One-third of our schools are in such a severe state of disrepair that it interferes with the delivery of instruction.
•We spend $8.9 billion on ICBM missile defense systems that would be useless in stopping a shipping container concealing a dirty bomb.
•A family of 4 now pays about $12,000 a year in premiums for healthcare—up about 90 percent from 2000 to 2006. About 50 million Americans are uninsured; another 25 million are “under-insured.”
•We have 2.3 million of our citizens behind bars. With less than 5% of the world’s popultion, we have 25% of the world’s prisoners (1/2 for non-violent drug crimes).
I am the man you do not want to see or why settle for a burger when you have steak at home.
And yet, even in the face of catastrophe, mass culture continues to assure us that if we close our eyes, if we visualize what we want, if we have faith in ourselves, if we tell God that we believe in miracles, if we tap into our inner strength, if we grasp that we are truly exceptional, if we focus on happiness, our lives will be harmonious and complete. This cultural retreat into illusion, whether peddled by positive psychologists, by Hollywood or by Christian preachers, is magical thinking.
Ironic, contrasting or maybe even a coconspirator……we will never know except if Wikileaks leak something. To find Christian Preachers (not all) sitting around the same table as the US government….peddling the same fallacy. I find it strange if not disturbing that whilst we observe this self inflicted economic crisis and downward spiraling into poverty and the after effects that lies in its wake, yet at the same time the Christian charismatic churches have this prosperity teaching going, (a false teaching) as the writer quite rightly states; “Illusion…magical thinking.
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Bleh, what a depressing position to take. Why the dark end of the prophetic spectrum? (It could be that he is either a liberal or an athiest...or both lol) Don't get me wrong I don't think he is wrong but some of his comparisons are a little out of whack. There are other possible outcomes besides the inevitable onset of an american version of fascism.
He makes mention of happened to Weimar Germany and post-Tsarist Russia circa 1917-1918. It's important to bear in mind that neither Germany nor Russia had much experience with liberal democracy or democratic institutions. Both had long histories of authoritarian rule. During World War I, both also suffered losses that are unimaginable from an American perspective. Millions of Russians and Germans died during that conflict. Plus Germany had been effectively dismembered by the allies and saddled with insupportable war reparations. To find anything comparable in this country's history, we'd have to go back to the losses suffered by the South during the Civil War.
Similarly, while Serbia is a sobering reminder of how quickly a country and region can plunge into hell, once again the analogy is not exact. Yugoslavia had just been dismantled (and once again, was a place with little experience of democratic rule) and the former republics had engaged in a protracted Civil War before the mass killings in Bosnia and Kosovo.
None of this means that the United States could not take an even darker turn or that there are not elements in this country working toward that end. But, even with our current flawed system, we have a history of democratic institutions and something approaching the rule of law. We have also created the world's most successful multicultural society -despite all the bumps in the road - a source of potential pride that he and others somehow manage to overlook.
We certainly have it in our collective power. You don't have to look far. We possess inspiring examples from america's own history, like the New Deal and the Civil Rights Movement, to turn this around.
I will agree with him that the enemy is corporate consumer capitalism and a mainstream media that is the handmaiden of the longest and most lavishly funded propaganda campaign in the history of the world. But I am convinced that there are still enough of us with the common sense and spine to fight the spreading rot and come out on top.
The biggest mistake we can make now is to give in to despair.
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!