To all but the most critically astute American minds, a precious few it
must be said, the USA is the most dynamic country to appear in recorded
In the American mind, all problems, foreign or domestic, are, the
faithful say, solvable with another election cycle, a court decision, a high
profile resignation or, perhaps, another war on something (drugs), someone,
some country (North Korea), or some mythical army of millions (terrorists).
America's bounty is endless, they say, the US Constitution unchangeable, and
the US military, led by archangels and their legions of fighting angels,
undefeatable. There are infinite sums of money and limitless ingenuity to throw
at whatever difficulty may come the American way and, besides, Americans trust
in an omnipresent God, so how in God's name could God abandon those who trust so
blindly? All of this propaganda is peddled to Americans, beginning in utero and
ending on a slab in the morgue, by America's myth-making machinery in religious
institutions and the media. The engine for that machinery is the individual and
collective ideological and monetary wealth of Wall Street.
The powerful of the country run a minimum security, open air labor camp
called the Unites States of America in which the wardens are the Republicans
and Democrats located in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of
the US government, along with their governments-in-waiting at think tanks
around the country. The hideous and anticompetitive one-party system with two
faces is an abomination, a monster disguised as an American politician, or
maybe even a general or CEO, who claims to be the leader of the free world.
The fact is that 21st Century Americans are little more than laborers,
captives and, like all prisoners throughout recorded history, are fearful,
afraid to challenge the system in any serious way, anxiously waiting on the
next meal and a decent night's sleep before the alarm signals another wretched
day in the hive. The routine is safe and predictable but results in a form of
imprisonment for the vast majority of Americans.
Oh, the bloggers and other journalists get excited about a Karl Rove, or
a Supreme Court nomination, or the actions of so-called insurgents
justified by stupid American policy, or even a ham-handed spy operation. But
these are busy-body issues that keep the faithful followers occupied while the
foundation of the country rots away beneath them.
The American masters have created a system based on the necessity to
accumulate material goods, the necessity to believe in lies and myths, and the
necessity of believing fantastical hyper-threats to justify internal security
and repression, and world domination To date, the American people have bought
the goods since they believe no alternative exists. Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote
about such a society, prior to George Orwell, in his classic work We.
In the American system of life, the dollar value of an individual, of a
group of people is what matters. It's easily calculated. "People are
fungible," said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. It's all about the
return on investment, the metrics and the data whether you are a military or
civilian American. You're just another number. In this system, platitudes like
"freedom is not free," "military service is the highest
calling," "freedom to buy and sell," are little more than the
equivalent of a cosmetic makeup base designed to disguise the hard face of
reality that Americans are taught and encouraged to ignore. For example, it
costs roughly $30,000 to train a regular US soldier and, perhaps, $40,000 to
train a special operations soldier or military academy graduate. Multiply those
figures by approximately 2,000 US killed in action and 16,000 US maimed in
action and are non-operative and returned stateside. Do the math. Using the
$30,000 figure and 2,000 US dead equals $60,000,000. Taking the 16,000 maimed
and multiplying by $30,000 equals $480,000,000.
So those American lives -- men and women -- mostly youngsters, were
worth $540 million dollars (have the so-called insurgents spent this much?).
What kind of people can tolerate being fungible, can live with the lies of
their "leaders," and be happy being a number in a balance sheet?
These calculations take place every day in every organization large and small.
It all makes a mockery of the mythical American way of life. Of course, it's
not a way of life, it's a cold, calculating system.
Will people ever confront the silent horror that is the American system
Can one seriously argue that the 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. work cycle (more likely
7am to 7pm including commute, shower, dress) is dissimilar to the daily life in
a labor camp? Ridiculous, you say. I'm free! Are you really? For at least five
days a week you are owned by your company/organization. The boss/master says,
"Oh, Mr/Ms ABC, you are 10 minutes late. I expect you not to be
tardy." "I'm sorry, it will not happen again," you say. What can
you do? Nothing because you are afraid. These days, your job slot is imperiled
by the availability of overseas labor that is as good as you are, maybe even
better at satisfying the job requirements. Fear drives your performance. Fear
of losing your food, shelter and clothing, your reputation, or the gadgets that
Who or what really owns your home or condo and the other 95
percent of residences in the USA? Mortgage companies and banks. In reality,
there is no difference between renter and owner. As an owner, you have the
right to sell your home and take interest deductions, but that's it. How about
the automobile you drive? More than likely it's owned by a bank or finance
company. Have credit cards? The bank owns them and you. Even the water you
drink is most likely owned by a company whose stock is traded on Wall Street.
On that note, your 401K is not yours until you retire and is dependent on the
whims of Wall Street investors. The corporate pension plan and government
social security -- that social compact between corporation-government and the
people -- have disappeared. Americans simply do not take care of each other any
And so at the end of the day, you bury yourself in
"intellectual" pursuits. Read The New York Times, LA Times,
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune or Houston Chronicle? You are reading day old
news from home and abroad reviewed and approved by corporate legal counsel. Of
course, your favorite news sources are produced by organizations traded on Wall
Street. Five days a week, you are given powerpoint-type news in print and
electronic format and it is conveniently designed just like fast food: limited
choices and doesn't take a lot of time or thought to digest. On the weekends --
usually Sunday -- your newspaper of choice provides you with a supplemental
"magazine" of essays and longer op-ed pieces that just happen to
coincide with the issues appearing on the Sunday propaganda talkies aired by
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX. The networks, maybe even CSPAN, carry "news
making" press conferences/speeches from the Pentagon, the US Congress, the
White House -- sometimes in prime time -- or a corporate boardroom. You think
these might be spontaneous, maybe even improvised? But, of course, it's all
rehearsed and staged and hardly convincing. The questions are as empty as the
answers given. It's pathetic.
As Herbert Marcuse once said, the system is administered and managed.
Your freedom, your thoughts, your actions are not your own. You are the
property of organizations and institutions far beyond your control. You
"do the time" as the convicts say. After all, you owe the system a
lot of money. The psyche of America is created by and belongs to the
ideological and monetary powerhouses of Wall Street. It is easy not to think,
to accept the way the system works. But that is not in concert with the spirit
of the American Revolution of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin
and the many others for whom the break away from the United Kingdom was as much
an intellectual and spiritual exercise as anything else. Many of the signers of
the Declaration of Independence lost everything for their cause. Jefferson
would ultimately die penniless.
Change must come. The spirit and intellectual caliber of the American
Revolution must be rekindled.
So what to do? A few suggestions.
1. Creation of the New Party Development Organization. The NPDO would
initiate development of The New Party, one alternative to the status quo. The
NPDO would encourage peaceful street revolt and ballot box action throughout
the country. The goal would be to purge the White House and US Congress of
Democrats and Republicans -- the One Party with Two Faces -- starting with the
most banal and corrupt. New Party members would act aggressively throughout the
country using the Net, home-based newsletters and word of mouth to create
alternatives to Democrats and Republicans control. "Watcher" groups
would be established to monitor those who attempt to infiltrate the NPDO.
2. Nationwide boycotts must be initiated and sustained against
corporations who destroy pension plans and defend mining companies that pollute
communities in the US and abroad.
3. Red-White-Blue mini-Revolutions must be initiated against an American
electoral system that ensures the safety of the status quo. NPDO members would
study CIA tactics used in Georgia and the Ukraine and apply them during
4. Cities and townships are currently rebelling against the mandates of
the federal government in matters of the environment and security. NPDO members
must ally themselves with these groups and encourage them to change party
5. The NPDO Manifesto must address the need for nationalization of US
defense contractors and US airlines. Taxpayers pay for the former and have
bailed out the latter. Corporations must be forced to shed the status of
6. The NPDO Manifesto must address the need for national, one-payer
7. The NPDO Manifesto must address the need to eliminate child poverty,
hunger and homelessness.
8. The NPDO Manifesto must address the need to establish national work
projects to repair infrastructure. Tax cut repeals, including the "death
tax," will pay for the programs.
9. The compact between government and its people must be reestablished.
Outsourcing of military functions, government agency functions and the
corporate sale of American jobs overseas must cease.
10. The US must engage the world. Resources must be shared with emerging
nations. Grievances of peoples long harmed by US government action must be
addressed. The bogus War on Terror would be terminated and civilian
control would be restored to capture any real terrorists.
11. The Homeland Security Department would be dissolved along with the
National Director for Intelligence organization.
Stanton is a Virginia-based writer specializing in political and national
security matters. He is the author of "America 2004: A Power But Not
Super." Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.