The following is an except from a post on thejumbledmind
This started me thinking when I wrote my comment and that led to this article.
There was an interesting article written by John Cassidy in The New Yorker this week titled, “Is America Crazy?” While much of the article deals with guns and gun laws in the United States, Cassidy also points out ten convictions or beliefs held by Americans. From the article…
What are these shared convictions? I could go on all day, but here, for argument’s sake, are ten. Not all Americans subscribe to them, of course. In some instances, the true believers may amount to a small but vocal minority. Still, the popular sentiment underlying these statements is so strong that politicians defy it at their peril.
1. Gun laws and gun deaths are unconnected.
2. Private enterprise is good; public enterprise is bad.
3. God created America and gave it a special purpose.
4. Our health-care system is the best there is.
5. The Founding Fathers were saintly figures who established liberty and democracy for everyone.
6. America is the greatest country in the world.
7. Tax rates are too high.
8. America is a peace-loving nation: the reason it gets involved in so many wars is that foreigners keep attacking us.
9. Cheap energy, gasoline especially, is our birthright.
10. Everybody else wishes they were American. (end excerpt)
I wondered where all these lies come from. Why do so many of us still believe them? Are these lies just harmless “American folklore”? If not; what do we learn from them, about the Governmental System under which we live?………
……… Our Capitalism; your Capitalism:
When the smugglers and thieves who would later be deified as our “Founding Fathers” began this nation, most governments were monarchies of one brand or another. Our “Democratic” government was a relatively fresh idea. It may have produced the most freedom for its time but the world has moved on and we have not. Many other nations are offering a better and happier standard of living; universal health care (yes it is a right) and many more freedoms than we enjoy. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, They saw what we failed to note. Capitalism is; by its very nature a corrupt system. The opportunity to strive for and achieve great wealth foments an environment of deceptive practices to gain advantage over others involved in the same pursuit. The law of the jungle is the law of Capitalism. Only the strongest survives and so the most ruthless and underhanded are attracted to it; knowing that cleverness and guile will often prevail over strength. Capitalism doesn’t work if all you want is your fair share. If you stop clawing and scratching your way upward in a Capitalist system; you fall behind and are ultimately crushed by the desperate climbers from behind .
Pure Capitalism is a system; doomed from the start. this has been proven in country after country . But why is it true?
Capitalism; left to run amuck as it has been here finally resolves itself into the 1/99% split we see now. The reason for this is that there is no second place. You are either number one or you are a loser in the Capitalist game. And Capitalism makes no provisions for losers. They are left to struggle along as best they can until they either continue the struggle to the top or fall out of the race, (read that die)
Capitalism assumes that everyone is seeking first place. That is why when we speak to Conservatives about a change to a more benevolent system; they begin shouting and whining about how we want to take all of their money to pay lazy people who won’t work. Their self-image is so clear and golden that and their pride in their achievements so great that they believe if you don’t get rich in America; you just didn’t try hard enough; ergo lazy. After all they worked hard and look where they are.
Now there is a lie that belongs on the list above:
“If you work hard enough; anyone can get rich in America.”
This lie is so widely accepted that it even makes those of us who see the lie feel some guilt over not becoming a millionaire at least. Among those who cannot work this guilt is almost universal. You look at a man. he is in a wheel chair; he has one arm; he is almost blind and he can’t hear in one ear. He’s had a heart attack and a stroke and still; he will tell you that he would like to find a job so he could feel like a man again. He worked all of his life until he was 50 when he began to become too ill to work and he still can’t get over the feeling that he failed as a man.
This is what Capitalism does to a society. When money is what your society is based on, there will always be winners and losers and many more of the latter because the amassing of a substantial fortune is not something that everyone can do. Not everyone is either, smart enough, lucky enough, unethical enough, cold-blooded enough, or healthy enough and it takes all five of those qualities to become wealthy in a Capitalist system.
Capitalism; not Religion is the opiate of the people. It numbs them to the pain of their struggle by focusing all of their energy and mental power on getting ahead. They become so numb that it isn’t until conditions become extreme as they are now in America; that people begin to notice how they have been mesmerized by the promises of the system and numbed to its inequities. And still so many believe. “I believe in America” “Our business leaders know the answers; haven’t they made themselves wealthy? And they will do it for us. Just give all the money to them; seems fair to me”
Stories my Capitalist told me:
Now, how about that Capitalist fantasy story that tells us how the economy is too complex for the average person to comprehend and even the least little change to its mechanisms and programing will cause economic upheaval and financial disaster for all Americans.
Lies; lies and more lies to cover the lies and even more lies to confuse us into thinking we are now getting at the truth then more lies to make unsure so that it is almost impossible to see through the web of lies to the truth and if you find it; you have to fight through the web again to get it out and publish it. And the web is not static. It is a living thing made of the will of the believers to prevent the truth from getting out. It adapts and closes in around you to choke out the truth. And if you think the “Borg” (half computer half human race all connected remotely to a collective intelligence and acting as one-Star Trek) were single-minded, brainwashed and remotely controlled; you should see the hold the 1% have gained over this vast army of “Authoritarian Followers” bent on carrying out the will of their corrupt Capitalist masters by dangling the carrot of “real” wealth;1% wealth, in front of them and chasing behind with the stick of, “The peasants are coming; the peasants are coming to take everything you’ve worked for”.
What Capitalism does to the Capitalists:
The most frightening thing is what Capitalism does to its adherents. The 1%. It lulls them into a false sense of control and security. It deafens them to the cries of the 99%. It prevents them from seeing the coming storm and makes them believe they are far too high above everyone else to worry about the seething mass of humanity begging for a fair share of the wealth. begging for just enough to live with dignity. Begging the 1% to leave just a little more; just don’t take it all. “You keep taking more and more and giving back less.” “We keep having to give more and more for less and less.” Now we are cold at night; now we are hungry; now we are starving and still the Capitalist Masters refuse to relent.
Finally; after years of asking; begging for some small consideration; the masses begin to move. All around is scorched, barren Earth. So they begin to move. They begin to gather around new voices and new leaders and move both figuritively and literally. Move where? To where all the food and money is. Move toward the only place left with the money and power to change conditions and toward those whose greed and inhumanity have led them to this pass. By now; the time for non-violence and civil disobedience has passed in the minds of the masses. They are now bent on their only option and that is to topple the 1%; take back the wealth; redistribute it according to the whims of whatever new tyrants think they can make a go of it and usually kill the members of the former ruling class; either shooting them where they stand or publicly executing them for the entertainment of the mob; drunk with victory and hope and blood-thirsty for revenge against the ruthless dandies who oppressed them for so long and so thoroughly. It is a heady time and many mistakes happen. People die who shouldn’t and fortunes are absconded with in all the confusion.
I’m not making this up. This isn’t my imagination gone wild. This is History. This is 1789-France. This is 1917-Russia. This is almost every; if not every time and nation where revolution and kaos have fulminated.
This is America 20??
And still they are deaf to the sounds of suffering.
- How Mitt Romney Got Rich Destroying American Jobs and Promoting Sweatshop Capitalism | Alternet (mbcalyn.com)