There is a pervasive atmosphere of selfishness, self righteousness, discontent and greed that has permeated our society. We are experiencing a form of anarchy, whereby the individual feels helpless in the face of economic, religious, political, and philosophical confusion and degradation. The American and European cultures have splintered into factions that have aligned themselves out of pure self preservation. Those few who go to the extreme by acting out their anger and their hopelessness in the form of violence are only a symptom of our loss of self as a nation.
Technology, although touted as a wonder of the modern world, has placed a huge gaff between the haves and the have-nots, the caring and the non-caring. Unfortunately, our current leaders are indulging in a feast of corruption by flagrantly committing crimes against society and getting away with it. To appease themselves, they feign belief that there are those who need to be helped out of an ever growing government welfare state. To that end, they cannot help but dig the hole deeper, not having the backbone to let the capitalistic system clense itself.
A capitalistic system will fail when government intervenes beyond its scope of simply being the intermediary, the watch dog, or better said, the protector of the precepts. The capitalistic system will give way to tyranny when corruption on the private and governmental levels usurps the normal flow of commerce causing a viral form of apathy to spread among the people. In tragic conjunction with failing leadership, the legal systems, and the educational systems have become fragmented and disfunctional. Neither is coordinating an effort adequate enough for stabilization. These two sectors would serve to be the check and balance that could possibly bring about a healing and a general feeling of well being within our society. Therefore, we are reaching a point of no return, whereby it becomes impossible to stem the tide of a steepening slide toward outright chaos.
One may view this point of view to be harsh, but history plays it out time and time again. Massive government debt is a temporary mask of a deception that can only last for so long. The result will be inflation, which will cause our government to raise interest rates which will cause a spiraling of taxation. If any person or persons doubts that our founding fathers knew of these problems; if they doubt, for one minute, that the early settlers of our nation, mostly Europeans, were not fleeing from a tyrannical system, ripe with oppression, over taxation, and corruption, are not fully informed.
Our founding fathers knew that these pressures will always loom as dark clouds on the horizon, and that checks and balances should be written into the new constitution to hold the beast back. Anyone who doubts this historical fact should read the Declaration of Independence where it speaks of a critical time when it becomes the people's duty to remove a government that is no longer serving the needs of the people.
There is a finger in the dam right now. Let’s hope it stays there until we find leaders who can lead us out of the black-hole we are spiraling head-long into. Let’s hope our businesses and corporate leaders have stopped taking notes from Enron, or more recently Goldman Sachs, Citi Corp, Exxon/Mobile, or General Motors. Let's all hope businesses begin to prosper, not by getting around a system but working within a sound and wise system that is enforced and respected.
Einstein once said, "When the bees disappear, all of human kind will disappear." Thomas Jefferson said, "Once fifty percent of the people depend on their government for sustenance then that society will ultimately fail." Just as we depend on the bees to pollinate our fruit trees and fields of vegetables, so we all depend on each other to be selfless in the face of impending economic collapse. Margaret Thatcher said,” The only problem with socialism is that eventually the government runs out of other people's money." President Obama called the Constitution a failed document. Not so. It is a living, breathing work of genius if used the way it was intended. A failed document would be Carl Marx's Communist Manifesto.
We all are alarmed by the growing incidences where a person shoots and kills other people without reason. But look around you. Listen to people talking among themselves. Listen carefully because there is an undercurrent of frustration and anger growing like the perfect storm.
The only problem is -- there isn't another empty continent to flee to this time around.
Thank you for reading.
Jeffrey B. Allen