State of the Nation - "American Psychosis"

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  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    American Psychosis
    What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?


    America is sinking under trillions in debt it can never repay and stays afloat by frantically selling about $2 billion in Treasury bonds a day to the Chinese. It saw 2.8 million people lose their homes in 2009 to foreclosure or bank repossessions – nearly 8,000 people a day – and stands idle as they are joined by another 2.4 million people this year. It refuses to prosecute the Bush administration for obvious war crimes, including the use of torture, and sees no reason to dismantle Bush’s secrecy laws or restore habeas corpus. Its infrastructure is crumbling. Deficits are pushing individual states to bankruptcy and forcing the closure of everything from schools to parks. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have squandered trillions of dollars, appear endless. There are 50 million Americans in real poverty and tens of millions of Americans in a category called “near poverty.” One in eight Americans – and one in four children – depend on food stamps to eat. And yet, in the midst of it all, we continue to be a country consumed by happy talk and happy thoughts. We continue to embrace the illusion of inevitable progress, personal success and rising prosperity. Reality is not considered an impediment to desire.


    - from the article
     
  2. Anaesthesine

    Anaesthesine Angel of Distemper

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    "When a culture lives within an illusion it perpetuates a state of permanent infantilism or childishness. As the gap widens between the illusion and reality, as we suddenly grasp that it is our home being foreclosed or our job that is not coming back, we react like children. We scream and yell for a savior, someone who promises us revenge, moral renewal and new glory. It is not a new story. A furious and sustained backlash by a betrayed and angry populace, one unprepared intellectually, emotionally and psychologically for collapse, will sweep aside the Democrats and most of the Republicans and will usher America into a new dark age. It was the economic collapse in Yugoslavia that gave us Slobodan Milosevic. It was the Weimar Republic that vomited up Adolf Hitler. And it was the breakdown in Tsarist Russia that opened the door for Lenin and the Bolsheviks. A cabal of proto-fascist misfits, from Christian demagogues to loudmouth talk show hosts, whom we naïvely dismiss as buffoons, will find a following with promises of revenge and moral renewal. And as in all totalitarian societies, those who do not pay fealty to the illusions imposed by the state become the outcasts, the persecuted."

    Yep, it's gonna be fun.
     
  3. Black Cloud

    Black Cloud Case Sensitive

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    "Are you going to let our emotional life be run by Time Magazine?
    I'm obsessed by Time Magazine.
    I read it every week.
    Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.
    I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library.
    It's always telling me about responsibility. Businessmen are serious. Movie producers are serious. Everybody's serious but me.
    It occurs to me that I am America.
    I am talking to myself again"
     
  4. Happy Maudlin

    Happy Maudlin Corinthian and Caricature

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    Who here believes that America is no longer a place worth living? I have always known that Americans were deluded, but Jesus help us. Brazil, India and the nefarious China is giving America and England a run for its money in terms of economic growth. Brazil did it by elected a president with a fourth grade-level education and he pulled over 20 million Brazilians out of poverty by using good 'ole common sense. By giving them incentives for sending their kids to school. He also eliminated corruption within the government's infrastructure so the wealth was generated and the the gap between rich and poor shrink. Well gee golly gosh that's hard for America to do. :rolleyes:
     
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