Yes, it’s a strong title. But, it’s very real. The United States of America, built on incredible potential and an amazing constitution, has digressed and democratised itself into hell.
The US has declared financial war on the world – Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. — author unknown
The interesting thing about democracy is that despite all the positive elements of majority rule, it only works if the majority are ethical, objective and restrained.
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Picture yourself in a room with 100 people. Let’s say that three of them are an unpopular minority for some reason. What happens if 97% of the people in the room (or 51%) decide that this particular minority is evil and should be exterminated. Well, in a ‘democracy’, they should be exterminated, and it would be perfectly legal. The majority rules.
If the majority want shit, then, well, shit happens.
Now take this thought and turn it to political/economic contexts. What if most of the populace wants a life of pleasure, and happen to have a distorted view on what happiness is? What if they want to have nothing to do with politics, or the running and improvement of their community and its natural capital? What if they want, instead, to leave all that to a few ‘specialists‘ so they can concentrate on fun things to do in their free time with all kinds of planet-, health- and mind-destroying gadgets, activities and substances? What if they believe, as I saw on a graffiti covered wall recently, that "Life is a nipple!" Well, put this recipe in a globalised world, and what do you have? You have, ultimately, in the long term, economic suicide in exchange for short term pleasure.
The days of pleasure – the ‘Happy Days’ – are well and truly over.
The American public now has a government that, despite major resource constraints and economic impossibilities, can only continue creating ‘money’ at the cost of only paper and ink — whilst blindly believing that people will accept it as worth something.
The global community is, as you could imagine, not accepting this.
I’ve written at length on the implications of a global move away from the dollar. It won’t be pretty.
Back in 1992 Bush senior said that "The American way of life is not negotiable". Perhaps it isn’t, but I can’t see people negotiating their way out of the consequences of that way of life either.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be. — Thomas Jefferson
People will soon realise the need to grow real value — like an apple tree, a community, and, wait for it, an ethical framework for existence. Can we not see that there needs to be something greater than a democracy? A democracy needs to be willingly subservient to ethical rules that don’t yield and pander to weakness of character. A democracy must answer to higher ideals than just a collective of individual desires if we’re to escape this cycle. The world is now too small, and its population too large, for us to make another lap.
The world’s economies are now inextricably linked. Buckle up, we’re in for a rough ride.
- The Crash Course
- The Mathematics that Contemporary Economics Ignores
- The Flaw of Western Economies
- Peak Oil – “The Debate is Over”