Friday, May 21, 2010

Neo-Feudalism and the American Dream

American pundits, politicians, and even – to a certain extent – voters, seem to have a great fear of communism. It goes in and out of favour – it was brazen in the McCarthy era, it is less so in the opposition to universal healthcare – but it is present as a major political force nonetheless. They want to live the mythical American Dream – which is essentially a rebranding of the capitalist dream – that anybody can start at the bottom of the ladder and rise to the top based solely on their merit, how hard they work, etc. This is a great system to have, and hardcore socialism would indeed threaten that dream. But that dream is already being threatened by the road we are heading down right now