I like to read articles on the website Truthdig.com Chris Hedges is one of the contributing writers on that site and each Monday you can read a new article by him. Then there are other notable writers who “drill beneath the headlines” and of course the litany of charitable and no so charitable comments to make things really swing on that site. I used to post a comment or two on there, but gave up, there are some real meanies on there, and you take that chance whenever you post comments online. I read somewhere recently and this is true, it is ever so much easier to be mean from a distance, and certainly invisible commenting provides that op.
So, with all that said, I wanted to offer up a new author whom I have found that I think is spot on regarding the events of the day, his name is Morris Berman…I was introduced to him on Truthdig this week (Feb 6th thru 12th, 2012) in a video of him speaking at one of his book signings, where he gave an overview of his new book WHY AMERICA FAILED. The book is only written for those who can “handle the truth”. Some people may find his views extremely negative and obviously if one wants to ignore the handwriting on the wall, then ignore this too, but in my view, the more solid information I get, the more prepared I can be for what is coming. Some of you may be young enough to endure the hardships we face in the coming years, but I am getting too old to pull up my boot straps and start over again. I need to figure out a way to live with as much ease and comfort as I can in my last leg of life. I don’t want to appear unwilling to do my part, but overall, stuck living on the streets is not my vision for me in the last few decades I may have left? who knows how long any of us have?
Dr Berman has a blog page….it is called DARK AGES AMERICA and I highly recommend it to anyone willing to read and put themselves outside the box.
I have a quote on my “favorite quote” intro of my facebook page and it goes like this…
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
— John Steinbeck
“Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning author John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) said,
Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
The tragedy is, of course, that the chances of a member of the American proletariat becoming wealthy is very unlikely.
From me: I agree with Steinbeck, and I’d lay the blame, in part, to the farce called The American Dream. It is a myth, in fact. As silly as Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy.
“Most American would be better off if they embraced the mixed economy form of socialism practiced in countries like Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway to name a few.
However, seduced by the delusion they may one day be wealthy, most Americans lay themselves open to a life of uncertainty and exploitation by the rich and powerful where the loss of only a few paychecks means a descent into poverty or worse.
Indeed, many Americans who believe they may one day be rich view their failure to be so a failure on their parts. Nothing could be further from the truth.” anon…
Me again: Actually most of us are just broken leg away from total destitution, and that number is growing exponentially each day as the the number of “haves” decreases and the number of “have nots” increases. If we did not have Walmarts set up in every little nook and cranny out there, purchasing and importing junk from countries that are being ravaged by our sweat shop mentality to keep our shelves stocked with cheap junk and providing more goods than ever to be purchased by ever growing number of low income folks here in the USA, and then to top it off, filling up our landfills with even more mounds of crap, we might understand how poor we really are? But most folks are content to buy that cheap crap, and keep some of our fellow laborers in foreign countries surviving on little more 30 cents an hour, imagine? (source http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=57)
In the first paragraph of Berman’s blog; Why America Failed An Overview, he quotes another writer/historian Walter McDougall “…what characterizes Americas, going back to the late sixteenth century, is hustling. American English, he writes, has more than 200 synonyms or related expressions for the word ‘swindle’, and when two Americans get together, they pretty much understand that the other person has an angle or agenda” to me that is hilariously funny, because when you get into working the steps in AA, one of first things that is brought up is the 7 deadly sins and how we alcoholics take these sins to even lower levels.
“Now lets ponder the need for a list of the more glaring personality defects all of us have in varying degrees . To avoid falling into confusion over the names these defects should be called, lets take a universally recognized list of major human failings the Seven Deadly Sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. 12 x 12 pg 48
it goes on to say….
“The AA program is based on spiritual principals and spiritual progress. The seven deadly sins are transgressions that are fatal to spiritual progress. Through our fourth step we examine how these defects have affected our lives and our spiritual growth. Without removal of these blocks to our spiritual progress we are limited in how far this program can take us we may not get sober”
So to any of those who are not familiar with AA and how it works, this comment above paints a broad brush stroke on the hows and whys AA manages to help those who are willing to look at themselves. We (alcoholics) have fallen on the sword of transgressions, which apparently, unless we learn “a new way of living and treating our fellow friends and families” will not have much success in putting away the booze.
I kind of wandered off from my basic topic today, sorry about that….(oops!).
Anyway, read, google and learn a little of what Mr Berman is saying, it might not be your cup of tea and it might make you mad or you might vehemently disagree, but his work is worth a little time, as much at least as you’ll spend trying to figure out how and why Whitney Houston died.