"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 designed 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: downtrodden peoples
discover freedom from tyranny.
Now Americans find themselves trapped
in the tyranny of the ponerological
embrace of the materilaistic
pragmatism of manufactured
That manufactured desire includes
an embrace of American
Exceptionalism - belief that worldwide culture should mimic Greenfield
Village of Henry Ford.
Church of Ford proselytized
an exceptionalist fantasy of
manufacturing desire to
"The populations of dying empires are passive because they
There is a
narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion.
retreat into the sexual, the tawdry
and the inane, retreats that are momentarily pleasurable but ensure
They naively trust it will all work out.
As a species, Margaret Atwood observes in her dystopian novel "Oryx and
Crake," "we're doomed by hype."
Absurd promises of hope and
glory are endlessly served up by the
the political and economic elite,
the class of courtiers who pose as
journalists, self-help gurus like
religious belief systems that assure
followers that God will always protect them.
a retreat into magical
thinking." - Chris Hedges
"The American Dream has become what
the ruling class dreams for
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.
time to remind everyone that this is not the real American dream.
Real American Dream
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 desire enough to live a comfortable,
simple life." - Bruce McDonald
"From Bernie Ebbers and
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 Decade of 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
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
"Many individuals and groups now find themselves
living in a society that measures the worth of human life in terms of
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
The Industrial Revolution in America was the
motivating factor for the initial corruption of the American
1868 Horatio Alger pens Ragged
Rags to riches juvenile
novels teenage boys, through studious labor,
work hard to escape poverty
to become middle class if not
Horatio Alger forged the myth of
upward social mobility in
The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship
popular culture places too much
emphasis on the acquistion.
Moments of true value,
friendly conversation, time spent with family, enjoying the summer breeze - all
relegated to a subordinate position.
prevalent American philosophy, Social
Darwinism, preaches that survival
of the fittest - in the economic terms of
manipulation of resources - is
the mark of the successful pursuit of
the American Dream.
"The Industrial Revolution
mines, but industrial workers could
never experience the sense of satisfaction and pride that
craftsmen derived from their
Working a craft is a mentally stimulating and creative
activity; operating a machine is not.
The best craftsmen were renowned as
Some are still renowned today: Thomas Chippendale and
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
cheap, people are used until unneeded and then discarded like
originality; the best attributes
of human beings are suppressed to the point of
Industrial Revolution sucked the humanity out of the human race; people became
things." - John Kozy
"We become what we behold. We shape our
and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan
constantly bombarded by advertisements that manipulate the individuals sense of
most people just desire a
Much of what Americans purchase are called
"positional goods" - objects whose value is measured in relation to the
purchases of other individuals.
individual becomes trapped in the hamster wheel of manufactured desire
a fine line between
reality and fantasy is bridged.
This "bridging" allows an
individual, through the use
of mirror neurons, to self-identify with
an infantilist ethos as it favors laxity
over discipline, values childish
impetuosity and juvenile narcissism over
self-interest preferring consumption directed
This ethos feeds a
private market logic
combating the public consciousness
fashioned by a republican democracy." -
Benjamin R. Barber
American 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 franchises and
privileges to entrenched
aristocracy; was not to encourage
consumption and was not to
conduct a never ending
American Dream has lost all resemblance to the original dream of
Now the American Dream
is a dream of bondage in
"What America really needs is
a policy vision which sparks
community building and coöperation 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
coöperation." - Mark Winston Grifith
"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 economist and 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
The American Dream is now one of
a utopian social order in which
'experience' is the ultimate goal.
"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
Christians alike will be able to get
behind it: a 12-foot gilded dollar sign, decorated with
credit cards and
shopping bags." - Marta
"What is the chief end of man? - to get rich.
In what way? - dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.
is god, the one only and true?
Money is god.
God and Greenbacks and Stock - father, son, and the
ghost - three persons in one; these are
the true and only god, mighty and supreme." -
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