And more and more frequently, the average citizen's response to any such criticism is, "USA! USA! USA!"
Great article! Just a side note about being homeless or those without basic necessary support. This is a demographic that is changing, there are families, business people, injured workers, you name it. I met one lady that had been the head nurse for a local hospital. In other words they are us and they need our support.
Market place bottom line value has replaced social, humane and environmental values as America's #1 value.
Another example of Murkin sepshinulizm ?
At the rate Trump and the GOP are scaring off or killing the geese that lay the golden eggs in the US economy, falling below the second tier will likely not be very far in the future.
Wrong on the wealth of the US. If you don't count the money that the top 1% have hidden off shore,we are not rich. Then see if you can prove that there is any Gold in Ft. Knox?
The term "American Exceptionalism" reminds me of a three-year-old who thinks he is SO special that he doesn't need to take responsibility for his actions. Such a person may be full-grown, but he is not an adult. An ego-shattering personal disaster may provide a wake-up-call, but you can't make someone "pick-up-the phone." Most "exceptional" types prefer to float down de-Nile, over an honest look in the mirror. Eventually, the chickens find their way home, the rooster crows at dawn, and there is a choice: pull the pillow over your head, or wake-the-hell-up, America.
From a recent Economics show-
Homelessness is up in LA by 23%.
So many Americans have spent the wealth built across multi generations in the last down turn.
Their homes were their last resort of income.
The 10% who have lucked out by being part of the war machine or other such gravy trains are the only ones left standing with safety net.
The economies that depend primarily on American Consumption or scientific progress will not let this ponzi scheme die. Japan is exhibit A. They are printing money faster than the US can flush it down the toilet.
Americans have three and a half trillion dollars in financial debt - personal credit cards, student loans and car loans.
China holds the US government bonds. Even though they have built their wealth thanks to America's endless fascination for cheap toys (work tools, sure, go ahead) they are now able to function without the continued American stupidity.
The war machine will be nothing without gasoline, which China is buying all the rights to .
Learn Chinese. Find a small piece of land that can support you in the middle of nowhere.
"The middle of nowhere? Is that perhaps the District of Columbia?
haha - sure thing!
Until both parties--or at least one--adjusts its messaging away from 'meritocracy' to 'common good,' you can expect the US to slip further.
Because the duopoly has spent a long time setting up a national mindset which posits that the rich are rich and the poor are poor because they 'earned' those outcomes.
I agree about where we are. But is it really accurate to say "has replaced"?
How social, humane and ecological was the physical and cultural genocide of this continent's First Nations folk? How social, humane and ecological has it been to re-appropriate the meagre holdings of land allotted to the survivors of this wholesale robbery and murder whenever oil, coal, natural gas, uranium, or some other hot commodity was discovered there?
How social, humane and ecological was slavery? Our care and justice for the descendants of slaves?
How social, humane and ecological was it for the U.S. to turn away would-be refugees from the nightmare of Nazism in droves, while subsidizing corporations (e.g. Ford, IBM) that profitted from helping the Nazis achieve their notable advances in industrial genocide?
At what exact historical point was the U.S. a bastion of social, humane, ecological values? At what precise moment did "we" "lose" those values?
There's a lot of this lamenting of this alleged loss of our "good old days" going on these days. But no lamenter ever seems to be able to say when the "good old days" were.
To me, these look like the good new days. For as our self-serving historical fictions increasingly reveal themselves as such, we have the opportunity to humbly face the Truth and begin creating large-scale social organization that actually IS humane and ecological.
We have moved to a corporat government that believes market values are the message the oracle to all the answers, monetary, social and environment. I do not suggest going back, rather restructuring an economic system that thrives on winners and losers. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. Money must be the tool of man, not his master.