The credo “We leave no soldier behind” is never far from an active duty and combat veteran’s heart, mind and lips. Yet when it comes to the Homeless lying prone in our streets and in Hoovervilles of Homeless beneath bridges and overpasses, some normalization has taken over the American psyche since the Cold War ended and we have nothing to prove in winning the war of hearts and minds against them godless Commie Socialists.
Even our current President Trump rarely mentions in his quest to Shrink Big Government that he is heir to a family fortune built on his father’s Big Government contracting business that helped Washington federal programs build subsidized low-income housing after WW II in outer-borough New York City. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housing_Act_of_1954
Yet, we keep hearing even struggling low-income Americans parroting back the Neo-Liberal E-CONomic Cold War weaponized propaganda of Milton & Rose Director Friedman along with their federal contracting fellow economists at the University of Chicago that government should not get involved in solving socio-economic problems. That is what the rational Free Market does best!
Neo-Liberal E-CON-omics, which even won over the most Conservative elements of the once-Protectionist America First wing of the Republican political party by the 1970’s has one essential doctrine that targets Big Government: Any problem caused by Free Markets can and should only be solved by Free Market-based solutions. Hence the bi-partisan and U.S. mass media use of round-the-clock indoctrination where every week is THIS WEEK ON WALL STREET or PLANET MONEY or MARKETPLACE or BUSINESS INSIDER or BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS and where never a voice of a clock puncher gains a perch. There has never been a WAGE SLAVE WEEK broadcast nationally.
Even during the Socialism Scare brought on by the unregulated Robber Barons and Factory Farmers who ushered in THE BANKING COLLAPSE and PANIC, THE GREAT DEPRESSION along with the DUST BOWL and massive dislocations of rural populations (who were the last Americans to have electricity generated and installed), we may have had books published and become iconic like John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH. They might have made for popular Hollywood movies. But except for the early days of national network radio where Labor Unions fought to have a broadcast network and the Catholic Church fought to have a broadcast network, there has been no television age WAGE SLAVE WEEK.
Chicago’s great gift to American Oral Literature and the Radio Arts, Studs Terkel used to love holding up a BUSINESS section from Chicago, New York or L.A.'s daily newspapers when he spoke publicly. He’d say, ‘ya never see a LABOR or CLOCK PUNCHER section in any newspaper!’
So how do we solve the burgeoning Homeless, Housing and Renters’ Emergencies declared by mayors of more than 30 U.S. Cities and plaguing cities around the world? To a large degree this NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT has yet to be acknowledged by our business broadcasters and Corporate Caliphate-captured Pay2Play media programming & the politicians at their beck and call. Although, better university Economic Departments and Business schools have been investigating this latest in a series of catastrophic “financialization innovations.” See this documentary being produced by a Swedish Public Interest TV journalist that sources many distinguished if rarely sourced on U.S. broadcasting U.S. academics and researchers: http://www.pushthefilm.com/about/
Like many of the nation-states, especially the Nordic nation-states, who have better outcomes these days from their socio-economic policies, their current social safety nets and programs often were inspired by Post World War I & II U.S. programs like the GI BILL, the HOUSING ACT and spurred Civil Rights struggles when states that didn’t extend the benefits across racial and ethnic lines found Jim Crow laws being contested.
Of course Red Lining plagued the “civilized” northern U.S. states, but let U.S. now look at those Nordic states whose social programs are helping solve such National Security Threats as massive dislocations and Homelessness along with the deflationary or Stag-flationary economic divide between the 1% whose wealth and anti-competitive business advantages is in fact supported by the rapidly impoverished 99%.
Mitch Ritter\Paradigm Sifters, Shifters and Song Chasers
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