2. The disparity of wealth in America.
What can I say that the graph doesn't tell you? Read the article. By the way, I tried to go to the University of California at Santa Clara article called "Who Rules America?" and was blocked for some reason. I just went back and it was up on the web again. This is probably the most definitive article on wealth distribution around. It's no wonder that OWS is around. For those who believe it's gone, don't kid yourselves. As long as this problem exists, this movement will go on.
3. Trade Union Busting.
This is a disturbing trend in America. When the government took over the auto industry, it essentially busted the auto workers union. It created a two-tier system. The auto workers that were there were forced to buy their healthcare. If this wasn't bad enough, new auto workers had to come in at half the pay that existing auto workers were being paid. This was a plan that essentially made the auto workers buy into the company. Who actually won in the end"the shareholders. The auto workers union is dead meat.
Talking about dead meat, there are scores of trade unions in this country under attack. Where is the Democrats partnership with the unions? The Unions keep supporting the Democrats while the Democrats keep screwing them to the ground.
Union membership now bobs around 12 percent of the workforce. It has been this low before -- 80 years ago. In 1900, just 7 percent of Americans were union members. So an elegant economic explanation of the fall of unions (not to diminish the good political explanations, but we're an economic section) should also explain the rise of unions.
The above article was from Derrick Thompson from The Atlantic, it's an interesting read. Another good read is the article from The Washington Post "What Happens If America Loses It's Unions?" Where was that discussion in the debate?
4. American Foreign Policy. What did we learn from that debate? Absolutely nothing. Both candidates agreed with each other. It was a virtual "love fest" between Romney and Obama. This "War on Terror" which has become a give-away to the defense contractors and has become a plan for American military "World Hegemony"
The Pentagon is preparing for more efficient future responses to 4GW so as to achieve what it, in Joint Vision 2020, calls "full spectrum dominance."
Add to this that the historical memory of the American people tends to be short, and we can conclude that we must anticipate continuous U.S. military power projection, and with it, more 4GW challenges to meet it in some instances. Each challenge may come with significant global security costs: 4GW conflicts take place over long time periods, may spill over to neighboring countries, may lead to civil war, may increase illegal weapons trade, etc.
This is a problem that is really a breath-taking event in our lives. "Full Spectrum Dominance" is what Rome had for almost 400 years. In this day and age with the threat of nuclear weapons, is this a practical idea?
I spent almost 21 years in the Army. I worked with nuclear weapons for 12 of those years. I know how the military works. I've seen Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) used in Korea. The end result of SOFA was that US Forces in that country were virtually untouchable. I spent years in Korea doing things that would have put me in jail in America. That's what SOFA does. I imagine Roman soldiers had similar agreements. The point I'm making is that SOFA agreements are totally one-sided. It was an amazing thing when the Iraqi government refused to sign a SOFA agreement with America. The reason America wanted it was to protect U.S. Forces from Iraqi law. SOFA agreements are in effect in Japan, Korea and I suspect many other countries that accept U.S. bases. They are agreements that accept US domination.
So what have we discussed here? We went over our loss of civil rights. The Constitution is really no longer in effect. We went over the disparity of wealth in this nation. We haven't had such a disparity of wealth since the 1900's. Wages are low, profits are high. This is what sparked the first progressive movement . I suspect that history will repeat itself with a Progressive Movement in the 21st Century. In other words, the real fight has just begun.
We discussed Trade Union busting. I suspect that Trade Unions will get smaller and eventually disappear, but something else will take their place. Workers in America are not especially happy doing slave labor for shareholders.
American Foreign Policy is something that affects every one of us. As long
as this country is officially "at war", the government has carte blanch to do with us as they will. This is becoming a real problem for dissidents and activists. We are becoming a "Police State" if we are not already.