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"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," “we’re 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 thinking."

- Chris Hedges



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The Corruption of the American Dream

The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

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 .

"The belief 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 Hedges

"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 Flowers

"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



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"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 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 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 01/02/10

"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



Edward Abbey American Dream

"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


American 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 material possessions.

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.

The 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 acquisition
directly relates to the consumption industry.


useless things

"We become what we behold. We shape our tools
and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan

Americans are constantly bombarded by advertisements pushing a menagerie of products.

Most play upon the individuals sense of self-worth.

The 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 niche.

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.

This "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 Pavlov's dogs.

"Consumerism needs an infantilist ethos as it favors laxity over discipline, values childish impetuosity and juvenile narcissism over enlightened self-interest preferring consumption directed play to spontaneous recreation. This ethos feeds a private market logic combating the public logic fashioned by a republican democracy." - Benjamin R. Barber

The 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 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 acquisition of material possessions became a ball and chain.

No longer are men free from the bondage of tyrants as tyrants hold the keys to the resources.

"Economic exigencies - the exchange of time for money - have rendered us unable to afford the virtue and pleasure of taking care of things." - Charles Eisenstein

In American popular culture a man's worth is judged by his possessions and his ability to manipulate resources.

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.

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 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 L. Yarrow

It 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 Dream'.


prove you love us ! spend a lot !

"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." - Marta Goldstein

"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." - Charles Martin

"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 1983.

By international 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 frequency of large negative income shocks, which may be expected to translate to an increase in financial distress.

Despite solid growth in GDP, household short-term income mobility at the median in 2003-04 was no more favorable than in the recession years of 1990-91.

A large academic study released in 2014 found income mobility has not changed appreciably in the last 20 years.


The recent 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.

Today's record 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 economic environment.

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.

To most 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 land of opportunity, but it doesn't tell us what to do to fix it." - Bhashkar Mazumder, senior economist Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.


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retirement and the 401(k)

"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 retire.

That was largely the case for one generation.

The second generation is having a devastating reality check.

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 Cooke 12/2008


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.

The 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 practices.

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