Paradigm Shift: Gulag America
Saw some shit today I hadn't seen since I was young. Not a good sign when the police go rabid. What was it Sarah said? "I don't give a damn about financial records or postings." Of course not. Why would the reality of housing scandals, corrupt police, inner-city drugs, and financial take over be of any significance? As Matt Taibi so eloquently put it “we're officially, royally fucked .”
What had brought us to the brink of collapse in the first place was this relentless instinct for building ever-larger megacompanies, passing deregulatory measures to gradually feed all the little fish in the sea to an ever-shrinking pool of Bigger Fish.
Paulson and his cronies turned the federal government into one gigantic, half-opaque holding company, one whose balance sheet includes the world's most appallingly large and risky hedge fund, a controlling stake in a dying insurance giant, huge investments in a group of teetering megabanks, Link
Somewhere in America we want to believe that the police serve and protect, that our vote counts and that, yes Virginia there really is a Santa clause. We want to believe that if we protect the animals and hug trees we can save ourselves and avenge the injustices we have suffered in the past. We can believe that we have what we have because we worked hard and, by golly, we ... deserve it.
It is the illusion or should I say collective delusion shared by most that we live in a country governed by the rule of law. We have to believe it. Our sanity depends on it. Our very identity as “Americans” requires that we believe and hold firm to the idea that we are a nation of laws, a meritocracy, where hard work and integrity mean something. So like the delusional collection of psychopaths we are we destroy any one that reminds us this is a dog eat dog world. I think we'd better get our collective heads out of our collective ass. Welcome to the Gulag.