By Gui Rochat
The US has been a perfect proving ground for the mistaken philosophy that individual enterprise makes for freedom for all. This idea was made possible by the mental, regional, and cultural isolation of this landmass called the Northern American continent. By guaranteeing this freedom from constraint in deep contrast to the prevailing European monarchies of the time, two things happened: first of all, the emigration to the New World by those so downtrodden that they would not participate in a revolution at home and thus were perfect material for the industrial expansionism of the US; and secondly, the departure of these masses strengthened European conservatism with the result of Great Britain and Germany being a bulwark against what was happening to the East, i.e. the liberation of Russia’s masses.
The isolationism of the US landmass also allowed a deep indoctrination in its vaunted freedoms, the right of free speech, free assembly, and individualist assertion, which all served to keep the masses from coalescing into a force against firmly invested US interests, which were guaranteed by its Constitution.
The fight against the inbred status quo, each time that it became a threat, was counteracted by legal adjustments to the status quo without altering or damaging it at any time. Moreover, these adjustments showed the masses that they were ‘in control’ of their own fate in the US, a hard-to-die-out fiction. Thus, what we have now is a disintegrating society, a chaos encouraged by the vested interests to be able to hold on to power and a very slowly spreading awareness within its citizens that they ’have been had’, an awareness that interestingly enough is spreading [faster] among the more conservative elements in society.
It is very doubtful, even with clear indications of dissatisfaction and distrust, that there will be a total revolution in the US, nor of course a 1860s-style Civil War, which was a bloody conflict within the ruling classes. At present the vested interests are trying to destroy the Trumpian revolt by adjusting pseudo-socialistic laws to suit the large secure liberal class, which veers from the urban small bureaucrats to the higher-up professional classes.
We have seen this in the French Revolution in 1789 where it was tried to calm the bourgeoisie by the abolishment of absolutism and creating a new constitution which favored those liberal classes. It could also be called the ‘Kerenski equilibrium’ a labile stasis that could well collapse into a totalitarianism of the worst kind, or in a liberation from all artificial restraints against dissolving this fictional freedom, and that would require a responsibility to the community instead of only to oneself.
The revolutionary impact of becoming a member of a communal enterprise would indeed be a game-changer in the land of Uncle Sam, where till now no Confucian-like cohesion is even imaginable.
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^3000US citizens have no real political representation.
We don't live in a democracy. And our freedom is disappearing fast.
I don't want to be ruled by hypocrites, whores, and war criminals.
What about you? Time to push back against the corporate oligarchy.
And its multitude of minions and lackeys.
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