Archive for the ‘Paradigm Shift’ Category

Turmoil and the prospect of Civil War in America

June 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Over 10 years ago, I wrote a piece about the likelihood of Civil War in America …. I felt that after the way Main Street America was forced to pay for the Out of control Greed and avarice of mainly the Banks and Wall Street that this might lead to violence or at least unrest.  However losing over USD$10 trillion dollars, $5 Trillion in the USA alone, many losing their jobs, homes and retirement savings was not the impetus I thought it might be …. Instead of baling out the victims of the banks and the greed of Wall Street – the US Government bailed out the perpetrators … with not one of the real perpetrators being held accountable – what sort of signal does that send Wall Street and the banks for the future?  – it is why we are where we are.

The outcome of the actions of Wall Street and others was austerity, where Main Street had to loose access or have essential services cut back. Whilst the perpetrators went back to the behaviours they knew. To me it was a purposeful action on behalf of Governments to cut back services that consumed money, falling into their policies to reduce support for their citizens. The areas that were affected and funding reduced were to name a few

Science, Journalism, Education, Arts, Welfare, Justice, Heath and the Environment. I feel truly it matched their Neo-liberal ideology and plans perfectly.

Over time the continuation of the status quo has resulted in the oppression and exploitation of the majority of American workers, minimal or nil wage increases, an effective reduction in wages and conditions, whilst the big end of town has more money than they know what to do with it, other than hoard it or spend it on strategies for their own benefit – I guess the question arises how much money is too much?

This consumer economy will fail, because the pressure provided by the employers on the average person has resulted in poor pay and conditions, and together with the societal enticement to buy stuff will end because even with high personal debt levels – the time has come where even China and the those other countries with the lowest costs cannot manufacture products cheap enough … the end of the consumer economy is here and not even the ethics and equality or the lack of them of the like of Amazon will save it, millions of families now live pay cheque to pay cheque, wage slaves to their few desires, their debt and their essential needs.

All this has hardly effected those with millions, except it ultimately will …. The end is in progress now, culture of the America is a consumer economy … for the economy to work, they need to people to buy stuff. The economy is a gigantic machine in which one person’s consumption generates someone else’s income. The pandemic began by crushing the economy’s income and hence its productive capacity — a shock to the supply side of the economy, as many types of business activity were rightly shut down for imminent public health concerns.

Change is coming, mind you it may come in another form, that is a financial collapse of the system itself, leading to a societal collapse – because on this second occasion Main Street would not countenance bailing out the irresponsible and greedy a second time, or perhaps the onset of the effect of Climate change will rear its head.

We live in an era of blatant lies and fraud, not just in the obvious, Banking and finance, but in also Government, education, religion, food, even sport.

Since the beginning of civilisation, fraud has never ever worked long term, secrets that gnaw at people, causing them persistent distress or anxiety centred in the moral or value centre, their dissatisfaction grows –  there will be an accounting.

We must remember that inequality is intrinsic in any economy especially in a high-functioning end-game capitalist economy such as the USA and much of the European Union and Australia etc. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and worsening. America and other advanced Capitalist countries are becoming less capitalist and more feudal … whether feudalism is the intent of those in control or just a unplanned for outcome is unknown, but it seems a convenient outcome whatever the case.  

Change is coming … from a thinker and a creator the quotation below.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller

Perhaps there will be some good news here …. With their forced solitude at home, perhaps some have reflected on their lives and hopefully begun the process of changing their perspective, and over time changing their lives …. Even to the point of travelling the path to knowing who they actually are, not what society or dogma says what they should be.

The confusing political environment in the USA is also contributing to the uncertainty … the visible fear of those with money, expressed through the leadership of the Republican Party and probably the Democrats as well, they are the main drivers of this strange political policy and its total disregard for the needs of the majority of the people they are meant to serve.

Our mostly Rush-to-Judgement Media has played its part, in many cases adding to the mayhem and violence, I wrote about its mostly negative contribution here, it opinion and perspective generating division and often hate … Social Media – exacerbates conflict and divisiveness in society – Awakened Nomad – … to be sure the news you received is real and not fake then check, do your due diligence .. if it is fake, then ask yourself who benefits, don’t just rely on it being true, because it aligns with your own cognitive biases.

Martha C Nussbaum, the Philosopher also said it so well, when describing fear ..

“When people are afraid of one another and of an unknown future, fear easily gives rise to scapegoating, to fantasies of payback, and to poisonous envy of the fortunate (whether those victorious in the election or those dominant socially and economically).

We need to think hard about fear and where fear is leading us. After taking a deep breath we all need to understand ourselves as well as we can, using that moment of detachment to figure out where fear and related emotions come from and where they are leading us.”

Let’s define feudalism itself –

Feudalism is defined as a Medieval European political, economic and social system from the 9th to 15th century it was the dominant social system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, and vassals were in turn tenants of the nobles, while the peasants (villeins or serfs – now us very soon) were obliged to live on their lord’s land and give him homage, labour, and a share of the produce, notionally in exchange for military protection.

Of course those at the very top of the pyramid, the billionaires, their disciples and wannabees, would much prefer a race war than a class war, hence the fringe ideologies, white power, Nationalism have reared their ugly heads – however what they forget is the people who work for them, that keep their money making machines going are of the 90+% – they will see the oppression and misery all around them in their own family and friends, and will one day say enough is enough, and they will join those that want real change.

Today only people who can afford a decent education can have one, the majority are forced to leave the schooling system after high school and get a job. This has the convenient outcome of providing fodder for the military and lowly educated people for corporations – the ideal new generation serf for today and tomorrows feudal lords.

%d bloggers like this: