Source – rielpolitik.com
– “…The much touted social contract between the American Republic and its citizenry, has been supremely altered over the course of 40 years of regressive social policies, rendering today’s American landscape almost unrecognizable from its recent past…America’s road to ruin is littered with the broken bodies of political visionaries, social revolutionaries & maligned scientific minds”:
‘Delivered as Promised’, Rise of the American Leisure Society
The post-war Industrial marvels that awaited America’s working class were awe-inspiring, a future of limitless possibility filled with automatic washing machines, pocket-sized transistor radios, & all manner of novel appliances to fill that new suburban dream home – but most importantly, the time & money to enjoy the spoils of a god-blessed America. Hadn’t we almost single-handedly turned the tide against Fascism & Europe’s Nazi nightmare? – Hitler was dead & evil had been vanquished, it was now time for a decade long celebration, complete with accompanying soundtrack of recaptured youth, Saturday night sock-hops & unabashed national pride and bravado. America was set to take flight and claim its rightful place as the shining beacon of light – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – the world was envious.
Magazines, radio & the wonders of television trumped the coming new age of leisure & prosperity as a well-earned, hard-fought American birth-right. Full employment & social mobility was what had been promised the brave men and women who had dedicated to country, they were the stalwarts upon which the bedrock of America would be built. None led by example more than Motor City U.S.A., Detroit walked & talked the part & indeed rising industrial wages made racial & social parity seeming imminent…
“There was a large-scale expansion of the middle class in the 1950s. Unions were strong, comprising almost half the American work force…The need to always have more and better goods emerged rapidly in the West during the 1950s. Consumerism became a key component of Western society. People bought big houses in the new suburbs and bought new time-saving household appliances. This buying trend was influenced by many American cultural and economic aspects such as advertising; television; cars; new offerings from banks (loans and credit); immediately being able to have what one wanted; and achieving a perceived better life”
So where did this dream go wrong?…How did America stumble and loose its way?:
The answer is exceedingly complex, but suffice it to say, the much touted social contract between the American Republic and its citizenry, has been supremely altered over the course of 40 years of regressive social policies, rendering today’s American landscape almost unrecognizable from its recent past.
The specifics of this full spectrum change is best left for a more in-depth critical analysis, however let it be said, America’s road to ruin is littered with the broken bodies of political visionaries, social revolutionaries & maligned scientific minds.
(Dear White America: Your working class is literally dying – By Chauncey Devega – http://www.salon.com/2015/11/06/dear_white_america_your_working_class_is_literally_dying_and_this_is_your_idea_of_an_answer/)
Today, a sizable portion of a dis-enfranchised white America, is now dying at a rate almost equal to that of the U.S.S.R during its unprecedented economic collapse, caused by the same dibilitaing stresses of social displacement and economic degradation (…however instead of alcohol, as in the case of Russia – prescription med’s & opiates are the drugs of choice in the America) Indeed this rate charts exponentially higher in the years directly following the 2008 economic debacle
(America’s hidden crisis: Men not at work – By Margaret Wente – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/americas-hidden-crisis-men-not-at-)
All Play & No Work, Makes Jack a Dull (…& Dead) Boy:
“…As the female labor-force participation rate has climbed, the male rate has dropped, from eight in 10 to barely seven in 10 men working full time…The June rate of 62.6 percent is the lowest since October of 1977. The decline is part of a long-term trend”:
(The last time the labor-participation rate was as low as June 2015 was almost 40 years ago – By David A. Graham – http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/07/october-1977-labor-force-participation/397595/)
This partially illiterate, dead-broke, well-intentioned demographic was literally sold down-the-river by neo-liberalist economic policies that traded away the heartland of America for unbridled overseas profit. While the American worker was caged within this neo-globalist, low/no work/wage construct, ‘capital’ was freed of all constraint to circumnavigate the globe at the touch of a button, truly an oligarch’s wet-dream come true.
(America the Illiterate – By Chris Hedges – http://www.truthdig.com/reportitem/20081110_america_the_illiterate)
(Survey: 69% Of Americans Have Less Than $1,000 In Savings – By Niall McCarthy – http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/09/23/survey-69-of-americans-have-less-than-1000-in-savings-infographic/#7b51763f91ee)
The New Gilded Age:
“Until 1975, wages generally amounted to 50 percent of gross domestic product. Labor essentially held its own through the 1980s and 1990s; in 2001, wages still constituted 49 percent of GDP. But by 2012 they were 43.5 percent—a modern-day low. Median household income fell in both 2010 and 2011, and the median income for working-age households fell 12.4 percent from 2000 to 2011, to $55,640, a period in which the U.S. economy grew by 18 percent. The chart of wages as a percentage of GDP and corporate profits over the last several years looks like the gaping maw of a hippopotamus” – By Daniel Gross
The ‘dirty thirties’ caricature of disheveled unemployed men ‘shooting craps’, while an over-worked, servile wife laboured at home, is alive and well once again except for a few noted exceptions. Firstly, internet gambling has replaced back alley craps. Secondly, the ever-present, mind-numbing blare of seriously bad television – stupidity in all its celluloid grandeur serves to reinforce their sad, self-perpetuating, lot in life They have been maligned, forgotten & abused – but most of all, they have been had, conned. Forty-eight million of them, in what was once the richest country on the planet reduced to subsisting on government food stamps – Don’t cry for me Argentina, but weep you may for America.
THEY ARE MAD AS HELL & NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!…hell, their almost angry enough to vote! – and therein lies the great systematic paradox, something the elitist snobs managed to overlooked in all their pompous grandeur. Indeed, the great unraveling these modern-day Robber Barons could come via the same rigged, tried and true political pantomime, that has worked time and again.
…Simply, if this permanent, seriously piss-off American underclass decides to take to the polls in record numbers, we will possibly be witness to the second great American Revolution – the first having been founded on lofty, elevated principles – the second, more akin to the social unpleasantries of Robespierre’s 17th Century France
….heaven help us all