"The populations of dying empires are passive
because they are lotus-eaters.
There is a narcotic-like reverie among those
barreling toward oblivion.
They retreat into the sexual, the tawdry and
the inane, retreats that are
momentarily pleasurable but ensure
self-destruction. They naively
trust it will all work out. As a species, Margaret Atwood observes in her
dystopian novel Oryx and Crake," were doomed by hope."
And absurd promises of hope and glory are endlessly served up by the
entertainment industry, the
political and economic elite, the class of courtiers who pose as journalists,
self-help gurus like
Oprah and religious belief systems that assure followers that God
will always protect them.
It is collective
self-delusion, a retreat into magical
- Chris Hedges
The American Dream was one in which downtrodden
peoples discover freedom from tyranny.
This is not the way things are
working out as rather than finding freedom Americans find themselves trapped in
the tyranny of ponerological
embrace of the materilaistic
pragmatism of manufactured desire.
That manufactured desire includes
an embrace of American Exceptionalism - the belief that worldwide culture
should mimic Greenfield Village.
The Church of Ford proselytized an
exceptionalist fantasy of manufacturing desire to accelerate
a global materialistic
consumer cult .
that democracy lies in the choice between
competing brands and the
accumulation of vast sums of
personal wealth at the expense of others is exposed as a fraud." - Chris
"The true story of American
Empire is very much the reverse of the propaganda history Americans are
taught and presented with in the commercial media. Our entire culture has been
dependent on belief in the myth of American Exceptionalism and denial of
the global toll of the American Way of Life." - Kevin Zeese and Margaret
"We're fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome
comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. And the worst part about it
is that we're still in denial - we still think this is some kind of unfortunate
accident, not something that was created by
the group of psychopaths on Wall
Street whom we allowed to gang-rape the
American Dream." - Matt Taibbi 03/19/09
"The American Dream has
become what the ruling class
dreams for us. The American dream has become one where you step on everyone
and everything you have to in order to rise to the top of the heap. It's time
to remind everyone that this is not the real American dream. The
Real American Dream is a dream of a good life for everyone,
a decent job and the ability to live our lives free of other people telling us
what we can and can't do. Most of us have no need or desire to "have it all."
We just want enough to live a comfortable, simple life." - Bruce McDonald
"From Bernie Ebbers and WorldCom to Jeff Skilling
and the Enron boys, to Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, to the bait-and-switch
that Bush and Cheney used to take the country into war, this was the
Deception. No deceit was more malevolently corrosive than the
fiction that this was a period of expansive
prosperity in which significant
numbers of our people were able to share in the American Dream of Financial Security. A
tiny minority of insiders, on the other hand, did very well for themselves.
Economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty report that the highest-earning
0.1% of Americans accounted for 8.2% of the country's total pretax income.
That's the highest concentration of wealth since 1917." - Tim Rutten
"We are the last generation with
a real opportunity to save the
world. We must wake up. Our
complacent dream is over. Our nightmare has begun."
- Laurence Overmire
"Many individuals and groups now find themselves
living in a society that measures the worth of
human life in terms of
cost-benefit analysis. The central
issue of life and politics is no longer about working to get ahead,
but struggling simply to survive. And many groups, who are considered marginal
because they are poor, unemployed, people of color, elderly or young, have not
just been excluded from "the American dream," but have become utterly redundant
and disposable, waste products of a society that not longer considers them of
any value." - Henry A. Giroux
popular culture has lost
sight of the truly
valuable, although ordinary, experiences
that life has to offer.
Too much emphasis
has been placed on the acquistion of
Moments of true value,
friendly conversation, time spent with family,
enjoying the summer breeze, watching the birds feed and preen have been
relegated to a subordinate position.
The Industrial Revolution in
America was the motivating factor in the
initial corruption of the American Dream.
During the Golden Age of the Entrepreneur, Horatio Alger wrote
rags to riches
novels. In Horatio Alger's
novels a pauper, through studious labor,
always became a wealthy tycoon.
prevalent American philosophy is now
Social Darwinism which
preaches that survival of the fittest
- in the economic terms of acquisition, control and manipulation of
resources - is the mark of the
successful pursuit of the American Dream.
"The Industrial Revolution
concentrated labor into mills, factories, and mines, but industrial workers
could never experience the sense of satisfaction and pride that craftsmen
derived from their creations. Working a craft is a mentally stimulating and
creative activity; operating a machine is not. The best craftsmen were renowned
as artists. Some are still renowned today: Thomas Chippendale and George
Hepplewhite, for example. The integral strength of Windsor chairs has never
been duplicated in a factory. Handmade textiles, Persian rugs, even handcrafted
toys are renowned for their artistry. Today that pride and satisfaction accrues
only to hobbyists, such as quilters, but never to industrial workers. The
Industrial Revolution degraded human life to the status of coal. People became
fuel for machines. Bought cheap, people are used until unneeded and then
discarded like slag. Individuality, talent, imagination,
originality, the best attributes
of human beings, are suppressed
to the point of extinction. The Industrial Revolution sucked the humanity out
of the human race; people became things." - John Kozy
Causation for the elevation of material
directly relates to
the consumption industry.
constantly bombarded by advertisements pushing a menagerie of
"We become what we behold. We shape our
and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan
Most play upon the individuals sense of self-worth.
individual invariably compares his
or herself to the flashy/stylish/sophisticated, successfully adventurous lovable characters portrayed. Explicitly implied is
the idea that once one becomes the owner or
user of certain advertised commercial products one's social status will be
elevated to a position above the
current one. These new users will become as the
individual portrayed -
attractive, smart and sophisticated.
Much of what Americans purchase are called "positional goods" - objects
whose value is measured in
relation to the purchases of other individuals
within the same social cultural
When individuals become trapped in
the hamster wheel of ever increasing desire to
be seen as the actors they
attempt to emulate and even though these characters are
fictitious there is
a fine line between reality and
fantasy which can be and is bridged in the subconscious mind.
"bridging" allows an individual to
swallow wholeheartedly the deception
that happiness can be found and
dreams fulfilled through the continual
willy-nilly purchases of the objects
they have been conditioned to desire - just like
needs an infantilist ethos as it
favors laxity over
values childish impetuosity and juvenile
play to spontaneous recreation. This
ethos feeds a private market logic combating the public
logic fashioned by a
republican democracy." - Benjamin R. Barber
Dream for the founders of America was a
dream in which men were
free to worship,
think and live as they saw fit - the government was
not to demand submission; was
not to decree morals; was not to grant
privileges to entrenched
aristocracy; was not to encourage
consumption and was not to conduct
a never ending war. A
dream in which individuals no longer had to bow down to
tyrants and in which men were
free from bondage !
No longer are
Americans free from bondage as the
material possessions became
a ball and chain.
are men free from the bondage of
tyrants as tyrants hold the keys to the
- the exchange of time for money - have rendered us unable to afford
the virtue and pleasure of taking care
of things." - Charles Eisenstein
popular culture a man's worth
is judged by his
possessions and his ability to
The American Dream has
been corrupted into a dream in which an
individual achieves great
power and wealth
and the means in which this is done is
The American Dream has been corrupted into a dream in which an
individual achieves great
power and wealth
and the means in which this is done is unimportant.
"What America really
needs is a policy vision which sparks community building and
cooperation among its
citizens rather than instructing them to
simply spend their way into the American Dream.
What Americans don't realize
is in so many ways it is in their self interest to
work in cooperation." - Mark Winston
"Studies show that happiness
rises with incomes - up to the point at which basic needs are met, after which
it stagnates as aspirations also rise with income. Nobel Prize-winning
psychologist Daniel Kahneman calls this a "hedonic treadmill." Like the
proverbial rats, we run faster and faster - and so do our aspirations - but the
bottom line is the old cliche: Money can't
buy happiness." - Andrew L. Yarrow
is the intent of those who hold power to glorify
American culture as the penultimate utopian social order
. The desire for 'everything' is the
desire that is
destroying American culture today. The
desire to have and
experience 'everything' binds Americans to a
corrupted form of the American
"It may be too late for
this year, but next year the malls and stores can put up their
real symbol of the season and
Jews and Christians alike will be able to get behind it: a
12-foot gilded dollar sign, decorated with credit cards and shopping bags." -
"What is the chief end of man? - to get
rich. In what way? - dishonestly if we can;
honestly if we must. Who is god, the one only and true?
Money is god. God
and Greenbacks and Stock - father, son, and the ghost of same - three
persons in one; these are the true and only god, mighty
and supreme." - Mark Twain
social mobility"Wait a
minute - you're going to help firefighters and police to attain the American
Dream while some of us can only dream! Let's see,
we help school
teachers, we help
welfare mothers (Section 8) and now we want to
help firefighters and police who already
make a good salary. There's a group of us who are just under the "middle class" who get no help at all.
Am I jealous? You're damn right I am." -
"A survey for the New York Times in 2005 found that 80
percent of those polled believed that it was possible to start out poor,
work hard and become rich, compared with less than 60 percent back in
standards, America has an unusually low level of intergenerational mobility:
our parents' income is highly predictive of our incomes as adults.
Intergenerational mobility in America is lower than in France, Germany,
Sweden, Canada, Finland, Norway and Denmark.
Among high-income countries
for which comparable estimates are available, only the United Kingdom had a
lower rate of mobility than America.
The intergenerational findings
paint a portrait of a society in which
family background matters a great deal.
For the middle class, an
increase in income volatility has led to an increase in the
large negative income shocks, which
may be expected to translate to an
increase in financial distress.
Despite solid growth in GDP,
short-term income mobility at the
median in 2003-04 was no more favorable than in the recession years of
A large academic study released in 2014 found income mobility
has not changed appreciably in the last 20 years.
economic expansion has generated tepid growth in
median household income, and a
considerable increase in the risk of major income losses from year to year.
levels of both secured and unsecured
debt mean income
losses may have lasting effects on finances.
Both large upward and large downward movements have become more
frequent, and it is coherent to argue
that this combination produces greater insecurity compared with a more stable
This may be evidence
of a fundamental shift in the
relation between economic growth and economic security, as may be the finding that even
those who work overtime on a consistent basis no
longer appear to be able to generate much upward mobility for their
families." - Tom Hertz, American University
In 2001 married couples were twice as likely to file for
bankruptcy or more likely to lose their
homes to foreclosure than childless couples or single adults.
families in America today a second income is not
a luxury but a necessity.
Because it takes two incomes to
survive, financial shocks such as the
involuntary loss of a job or a health crisis,
are much more likely to devastate the family.
In America in 2004 over 30% of marriages end within the first 10 years.
41 percent of first marriages end in divorce after an average of 8 years.
Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting
divorced by as much as 40 percent. Forty-three percent of children growing up
in America today are being raised without their fathers.
Working Americans are now being
forced to chose between
economic security or getting
married and having children.
"This debunks the
myth of America as the
opportunity, but it doesn't tell us
what to do to fix it." - Bhashkar Mazumder, senior
Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
retirement and the
"Unless things change fast, human history will show
that the phenomenon of "retirement" was limited to one generation.After World War II,
when European and Japanese economies stood in
tatters, American corporatism could
fulfill "the American dream," since there was little
foreign competition to speak of. For the first time ever, workers were promised
that "after working thirty or so years" they would be able to securely
That was largely the case for one generation.
generation is having a devastating reality
2008 was supposed to be a watershed year for retirement: it was
the first year that the baby-boomers turned 62, and the retirement
frenzy was to begin
(since people could begin to draw on their social security benefits). The
economy has since nosedived, and many more
retirements are being delayed. The unfortunate reality is that many who planned on retiring
will work until the grave, joining the millions of other baby-boomers
who never had such dreams.
At the end of
September, just as the crisis was beginning to gain steam, it was discovered
that in the previous year the value of stocks in 401(k) accounts had fallen by
nearly $2 trillion! Much more has been lost since then. This is especially
devastating since almost one-third of 401(k) participants in their 60s had 80
percent of their money in stocks (pension funds have been similarly destroyed).
The 401(k) was the scheme of the century.
Corporations offloaded their
"burdensome" pensions and used the combined forces of the
media and politicians to sell the ruse to the public, to the great benefit
of Wall Street. Workers were told that
the boom-slump cycle was over, and that stocks were a sure thing." - Shamus
In hindsight it appears that corporate America had
been cooking the books for many years. The accounting debacle of 1999 was the
first inkling that resources were insufficient to continue the current social
order and guarantee workers the retirement they had been promised.
corporate elite came up with a plane to solve the accounting problem by
sweeping it under the rug. They settled on
taking out the World Trade Center buildings that housed the Securities and
Exchange Commission offices that were investigating the fraudulent accounting
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