Under the leadership of George W. Bush we are accumulating the weaknesses of our heretofore enemies. These weaknesses include: a compliant press, a frightened populace, a crony economy, break-down of the rule of law, state-torture, and criminalization of trivial offenses. These traits are what made totalitarian nations like Russia weak.
Weak and laughably incompetent.
Always in totalitarian regimes like the one we are being gaily led to by the pied piper press, there is a stultifying ideology which requires the constant "weeding" of the infidels, insurgents, protesters or what have you.
In America's case the harmful ideology is free market fundamentalism like the type preached at the Chicago School of Economics.
See this video for more info.
As the election for 2008 warms up I find I have one essential question.
Who will put a stop to the destructive march towards fascism initiated by George W. Bush? Who will roll back the policies and rescue government from the bathtub drowning?
We have enjoyed a hybrid economy in America for so long we have no idea how bad life can be when ideology comes first and the lives of citizens comes second.
A small taste of this life is being expressed in Washington, where, the president Bush stands ready to defend ideology with a veto that harms children by blocking their access to health-care.
A big taste of this life is expressed as the collapse of Enron, Tyco, or the influence of Jack Abramoff.
This ideology which puts the profit of a few cronies ahead of the lives of children is disgusting, perverted, and crass and people should say so. It is mean, petty, and especially heartless behavior coming from a pampered prince of privilege like the president Bush.
The trouble with the Chicago School of Economics ideology is to organize society such that money concentrates and people dilute is to invite misery.
Are totalitarian societies happy places?
Are fascist societies prosperous long?
Are totalitarian societies conducive to the expansion of knowledge?
Are totalitarian markets accessible to small businesses?
Are totalitarian societies good places to raise children?
I sometimes worry that too few see where America is headed to save it. This market fundamentalism is perhaps better described as Crapitalism, since the greatest wealth engine humanity ever created is turning to crap because of it. You need a culture of dishonesty and corporate protectionism to keep crapitalism afloat.
As a way of life it is crap!
There is nothing wrong with honest business, big or little, but dishonest business is a cancer to humanity. Without honest accounting investors are bilked by CEOs through balooning salaries and golden parachutes.
It is harmful to people and harmful to society and the only agency strong enough to reign it in is government.
Will this video come to represent America's future? Pax Americana