In a recent article, Umair Haque explained pretty well why the spreading attitude of me-me-me and to hell with society and the related phenomenon of splintering into tribes are so damaging for all of us, including for those who live this attitude. You may know people who need this explained to them. I sure do. Hence this article.
“What’s a place where there’s no trust? A jungle. Maybe a prison. … Without trust, a society can’t be a society. It becomes something else entirely: a place where predators rule. … There must be some level of trust that binds people together, or else a society will almost inevitably decay into demagoguery, collapse, and ruin.”
“Americans can’t have what the rest of the rich world takes for granted: public healthcare, education, finance. They live profoundly crippled lives: precarious, anxious, afraid. They will never retire, can’t afford to educate their kids, and their incomes have been stagnant for decades. No wonder there is widespread rage.”
“First, trust is lost. Then, society loses the ability to function. Then, public goods are lost. Without public goods, people’s lives shatter. The rage that results from broken dreams produces demagoguery. Today’s gilded demagogue, then, isn’t the issue: the loss of trust is.”
Here is the link to the full article: The Five Letter Word That Spells the End of Societies
Our society = a pyramid scheme!
Quote: “Our competition and internal strife weaken us and prevent us from facing the universe’s tough challenges like disease; the ravages of aging and a short life-span; as well as natural disasters like earthquakes; tsunamis; pandemics; global climate change, with its ever increasing hurricanes; and giant meteorite impacts, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs…”
Read the full article…
Definition from Wikipedia:
, the precariat
is a social class
formed by people suffering from precarity
, which is a condition of existence
, affecting material or psychological
welfare. Unlike the proletariat
class of industrial workers in the 20th century who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labour to live, members of the precariat are only partially involved in labour and must undertake extensive “unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings”. Specifically, it is the condition of lack of job security
, including intermittent employment or underemployment
and the resultant precarious existence.
The emergence of this class has been ascribed to the entrenchment of neoliberal capitalism
I sure am a member of this growing social class. How about you?
Uhh… how… uhm… great it is to live a precarious life in a rigged society! Isn’t it? Oh, and Merry Christmas to you… The guy whose birth many Christians celebrate this season sure would have praised us for our 21st century dung heap societies, wouldn’t he? So, let’s celebrate with a will… (Sorry for the sarcasm. Sometimes it’s needed to draw attention. Let’s enjoy the holidays if we can – any way we can – but not forget our outrage and the need to make change for the better.)
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I especially want to highlight these points well said by Mark Crispin Miller a few days ago:
- Private companies tell us what the vote count is, and we have no way to tell if it’s honest.
- This not only allows the wrong people to come to power, but it also distorts our (and the world’s) view of ourselves, where we stand on issues.
(Note: if the video to which this article links gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Can U.S. Elections Really Be Stolen? Yes.”)
Another great Freshtastical video:
Title: “The Questions We Never Ask” (in case the link becomes deleted and you need to search for a surviving copy)
Title: “Chris Hedges Greatest Speech Ever Made” (in case the link gets deleted)