on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 13:19
It's truly amazing to me to see American citizens complaining about the society in which they live. Whether it's about the number of people on food stamps, ponzi scheming financial sociopaths, government bailouts of high-income plutocrats, or manipulated financial markets, there seems to be no end to the disgust that so many (Dems, Repubs, and Libertarians) have toward this country. Yet, at the same time, no one wants to leave the cozy confines of their middle class lifestyle to do anything about it. I'm beginning to think that the cornerstone of American anger is simply just cynicism - all bitterness, but no action.
Meanwhile, look at the courage displayed by many other oppressed middle/lower classes around the world. ZeroHedge prominently displays all the rioting around the world on a weekly basis - thousands of oppressed people marching through their streets protesting governments and dictatorships that are not so different from ours. They are the ones with courage - not us. We just rant on various internet forums, hoping that our cynicism will change something without having to put forth much effort.
You can complain all you want, yet this is the "free" society that you have allowed to happen. When all you do is rant on an internet forum, then you are equally complicit in the demise of our country. What is the real difference between the ignorant masses who are sedated with American Idol and a bunch of cynical libertarians who know it all, yet do nothing about it?
The answer: nothing.
When you truly want your freedom (that is, not just ranting on the internet), you will stand up and stop allowing yourself to be treated like a slave. Until then, that is all you are: a slave to the plutocrats who take the wealth of your labor and do whatever they want with it.
It's simple, uncomplicated social darwinism playing out. The plutocrats bought your representatives, stole most of the wealth of your labor and devalued the little they allowed you to keep; that is the end result of a free society, and, ironically, the end result of libertarianism: the strong oppress and manipulate the weak. Our big government which is owned by the plutocrats is simply the best vehicle to keep this charade going.
So, how does this relate to food stamps? Government subsidies are just more lubrication to keep the charade well oiled. The plutocrats will make you work a little harder (which you will because you always do), so you can pay a little more in taxes (which you will because - again - you always do), so the plutocrats can take more of your labor (which they will because they always do) and feed it to the poor and lazy, keeping them just complacent enough not to revolt, loot and disrupt this fantastic wealth sucking paradigm that the plutocrats have crafted. Keeping the poor complacent is just another cog in the wheel.
We deserve this fate, because we do nothing about it.