Protective tariffs, which leveled the playing field between the deservedly advancing American worker and the squalor entrenched Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese (yes, Vietnamese, those who "aggressively" obliterated our destroyers with their sail boats in the Gulf Of Tonkin and who lived in the land in which 58,000 Americans died), Korean, Taiwanese, Malaysian, etc., etc., those tariffs were Hiroshimaed and the patriotic American private sector tossed aside those "important" American production workers for the more "accommodating" Chinese workers. They found the Chinese acceptance of $1.44/hour much more to their liking as well as the devil may care Chinese attitude towards the Orb which we continue to rape and continue to choke to death. They can literally work Asian and African workers to death without improving their standards of living and flaunt their newly found freedom to bring the sh*t that was produced back into The FUSA.
At first, people loved it, right? Wal-Mart sold shoes that used to cost $40 or $50 at 2 pair for .99 sales. All this because there were no workers to include in work decisions, to whom to pay a living wage, to whom to give a reasonable amount of paid time off to rest and recuperate and these are just the workers who man the stores in The FUSA.
I don't know when the last time was that I walked into a Wal-Mart, but I am sure, judging by his professionalism and demeanor that the older man, not old man, who said "Welcome to Wal-Mart", had an important job with Monsanto or Dow Chemical in his recent past. I can only assume that he was paid at least $60,000 to $75,000 a year for that position when they downsized, rightsized, delayered or otherwise corporate sweet talked him into the unemployment line.
Are we still keeping in mind that there is, today, no government? I hope so. This is anarchy, right?
Then who's sending troops to Afghanistan to stop the people who are daily being born and raised in Afghanistan from being Afghanis? Isn't it the government?
The front men, the mouth pieces say the words, but The Corporatocracy, the so called private sector, is demanding that soldiers, preferably soldiers hired by Private soldiering corporations like the corporation formerly known as Blackwater, are demanding that the mouth pieces say the words to make it happen. The power they derive from the money they make, I mean literally create, creates offers that can't be refused.
If a front man is overcome with an attack of conscience, he or she is sent out to pasture on magic carpets macrame'd from papers which are called derivatives and credit default swaps.
Even if all Americans were to have a collective epiphany and begin to realize what taxes mean to a civilized society and that the word "society" means "we", not "me", we still couldn't raise enough to combat The Corporatocracy. They'd simply invent more of what they call "financial instruments", place values on these "instruments" and convince the rest of us that these "instruments" are, indeed, worth the value that they pulled out of their asses. We, as obedient consumers, would say, "Wow, that guy's really rich", when, in fact, all the wealth he owns consists of numbers in a computer database and in his, and our, minds. Pull the curtain back on these "instruments" and you'll find - nothing. That's right. There's no foundation for the claims that people make millions of dollars on credit default swaps or derivatives. It's a mind game.
All the American people have to do is to say, "You say you're rich? Prove it. Show me the wealth. I don't mean show me the money as it's snuggled in your computer database or on your books as numbers you thought would be beneficial to you. I mean, show me the wealth. How is your wealth adding value to anything other than our perception of what you tell us we should believe?"
Anarchy is a bit like what I envision "pure communism" to be. One great big commune in which everyone gives what they can and no one takes more than they need. We know that's a paraphrase of one of the most important premises of pure communism.
And don't tell Libertarians because they'd be pissed, but they count on the same safety net that anarchy and communism count on; the innate goodness of human kind.
Is this the innate goodness that drives people to force place holders for former government positions to send men and women to their deaths for the purpose of stealing riches and minerals and fossil fuels from nations who really want the revenues from those riches to improve the lives of the people in their own countries? Is this the innate goodness which drives the top officers of corporations to send American jobs to third world slave nations, sending once seemingly stable Americans into the throes of poverty? Is this the innate goodness that drives Corporatists to force place holders for former government positions to send the CIA into Latin America to assassinate people like Salvador Allende and to threaten and demonize Hugo Cha'vez? Is this the same innate goodness that whips up hate against brown skinned people coming to what was once their country anyway and taking jobs offered them by those very same instigators?
Sure, government's been intrusive and belligerent and demanding. However, you can't be talking about the so-called Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan administrations. These are/were not governments. These are metaphoric holograms displayed before a people which are obsessed with peeping tom reality TV. They are objects of Americans' love or hate, depending if it's a blue one or a red one.
Oh, and the Tea Party movement. I submit that anyone who belongs to the Tea Party movement and is not disingenuous is working with an IQ in the single digits. To not realize that those who commercially birthed this movement are working against the best interests of anyone who might consider herself or himself a populist is to be unaware of the sun, the rain and little green apples. To not realize that this movement has as its goal to dispense with all of its so called backers as soon as its corporate vision of "all for some and none for most" is fully realized, and it's close, is to be blind as a bat only without the aid of the animal's radar like senses.
This has been all gloom and doom because to undo what we've allowed to happen when such a large portion of the population still can't see the forest for Dancing With The Stars is a task which can only be accomplished by an entity I'm as sure as I can be doesn't exist. Only such an entity can inform everyone who is being scammed that they are being scammed and he/she/it doesn't seem to be coming forward with that information, allowing poverty to grow along with the make believe money that Goldman Sachs passes out as bonuses every year.
As long as we are at odds with ourselves, we'll never defeat what is, indeed, a real enemy.