CNBC reported, a few days ago, that Greenspan reiterated his warnings about the deep red ink affecting Social Security, Medicare and other programs and that Americans will have to renounce their entitlements. Of course he also blames the aging population, but immediately reassured that short-term projections still look okay. Though dark clouds are gathering above the horizon, planting the seeds for a dramatic decline. For course it is not America alone, the former Maestro foresees the same mess taking place in EU. Not to mention that the Commerce Department assessed the $891 billion trade deficit, the largest in the US history… while at least 60 companies reported that their 2018 federal tax rates amounted to effectively zero.
04/15/2019 | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse| George Monbiot ….
GUARDIAN.UK: No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response
Monbiot is a misguided leftist now considering anarchistic methods, and he is absolutely correct. As time goes, it is rather blatant that we have to take the matter in our own hands. Why are so many leftists still thinking that a centralized political body is to going listen to them since the latter is the cause of the problem. Centralization is just a mere philosophical fallacy. Personal responsibility is inescapable.
The political class, as anyone who has followed its progress over the past three years can surely now see, is chaotic, unwilling and, in isolation, strategically incapable of addressing even short-term crises, let alone a vast existential predicament. Yet a widespread and willful naivety prevails: the belief that voting is the only political action required to change a system. Unless it is accompanied by the concentrated power of protest – articulating precise demands and creating space in which new political factions can grow – voting, while essential, remains a blunt and feeble instrument.
The widespread dogmatic endorsement of monetarism and competition are at the core of all our ills, so how about quitting to buy anything that is not food for a week or so, because that would be sending a powerful message, and which will force many corporations onto their knees. It is important to strike where the power is, at the earning level. Those at the top only harvest their power from the dynamics deriving from the right to ownership, which has been with us since the dawn of times. And that people think that if we could get rid of “them”, the world would be near perfection… there lies the logical fallacy… as long as people worship “ownership” (the golden calf), “they” are here to stay. It is impossible to even think of changing what is, if we can’t let go this “widespread dogmatic endorsement”, a truly sharing and voluntary economy remains dream out of reach.
Those who govern the nation and shape public discourse cannot be trusted with the preservation of life on Earth. There is no benign authority preserving us from harm. No one is coming to save us. None of us can justifiably avoid the call to come together to save ourselves…. (more see link below)
In a brief moment of lucidity, Monbiot clearly admits it. And if any of those governing would come forward, would call upon themselves the duty to resign. Pointing to the flaws of the system is dangerous to the establishment itself. And most people are so scared to address it that they know if if they ever did, they would wake up the next day without a job most likely. That is how powerful this “status quo” really is. And the cement used is of course money. Money has destroyed freedom to such an extent that any move done to free ourselves will bring about a collapse. The stakes are so high now that we must accept to lose everything to win everything for a shift toward a “resource based economy” to stimulate a social rebirth.
PETER JOSEPH: The sobering truth of the matter is that the only thing to blame is the dynamic, causal unfolding of system expression itself on the cultural level. In other words, none of us create or do anything in isolation – it’s impossible. We are system-bound both physically and psychologically; a continuum. Therefore our view of causality with respect to societal change can only be truly productive if we seek and source the most relevant sociological influences we can and begin to alter those effects from the root causes.