Tuesday, November 27, 2007

America in the Time of Empire

Truthdig - Reports - America in the Time of Empire:
"Democratic freedoms are diminished in the name of national security. And the erosion of basic services, from education to health care to public housing, has left tens of millions of citizens in despair. The displacement of genuine debate and civil and political discourse with the noise and glitter of public spectacle and entertainment has left us ignorant of the outside world, and blind to how it perceives us. We are fed trivia and celebrity gossip in place of news. An increasing number of voices, especially within the military, are speaking to this stark deterioration. They describe a political class that no longer knows how to separate personal gain from the common good, a class driving the nation into the ground."
I can't say it better....
The United States has gone from being the world’s largest creditor to its largest debtor. As of September 2006, the country was, for the first time in a century, paying out more than it received in investments. Trillions of dollars go into defense while the nation’s infrastructure, from levees in New Orleans to highway bridges in Minnesota, collapses. We spend almost as much on military power as the rest of the world combined, while Social Security and Medicare entitlements are jeopardized because of huge deficits. Money is available for war, but not for the simple necessities of daily life.

2 comments:

skip sievert said...

Welcome to the jungle, things get tougher every day. You can have anything you want, but you better not take it from me, its a jungle, welcome to the jungle...

Its the system. The Price System.

Rick said...

It's certainly the way things are going... and the way most people seem to want it to go (unbridled capitalism).

The decline is inevitable -- and accelerating.