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Donald Trump's White Supremacy Corporate Fascist State

So far in 2019, the US stock market economy did very well given the on-going chaos created by Trump's megalomaniacal and anarchist global trade wars.

Yet it times like now when we must be prudent and err on the conservative side when the political economy is in consistent upheaval, especially with the increasingly insane ugliness and divisiveness we see with the vile Donald Trump.

Even though Wall Street doesn't seem to care that the country is being run by a aging neofascist madman as long as they keep making money, we all must understand that ultimately our Fidelity investment assets are vulnerable to the heightened volatility and risk created by the increasingly sick Trump leadership.

Sadly, what is become even more dangerous than the racist actions of Donald Trump himself is the hateful racist people that show up at his Nuremburg-like proto-fascist political rallies, where this cult of right wing "deporables" gather to chant "send her back" to four Freshman member of Congresswomen who have the intelligence and courage to call Trump out for what he is: an ignorant racist wannabee tyrant.    

Market Manipulation

Racist sociopathy aside, we are also seeing a distorting stock market manipulation strategy from Fuhrer Trump and his economic thugs. All one has to do it watch the news cycle and observe how Trump and his fellow kleptomaniacs are constantly trying to shame and intimidate the US central bank into lowering interest rates solely to make themselves richer and to minimize the damage being done by his tariff policies. 

Q: Why do we need lower interest rates when the stock markets are hitting all time highs?  

A: Maybe because there are darker economic problems on the horizon!

Of course instead of letting the stock markets forge their own direction based on what's left of normal supply and demand stock market pricing, Trump, who would be just another inheritance-rich predator if he hadn’t learned how to model after his KKK member father and corrupt NYC real estate hood, is clearly trying to fix the stock market by corrupting the US central bank into cutting interest rates. 

And let's not forget: Trump needs the stock market to look good for his 2020 re-election - and economic intimidation is what he does best.

Economically, for years we’ve been seeing an on-going decline in the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the average American worker. Only the upper middle class and the rich are immune to Wall Street's cutthroat private sector wage policies, implemented mostly to make sure the stock market continues higher and their corporate executives get richer by the day.

We are also witnessing the accelerating employment decline in the US brick and mortal retail economy, showcased by increasingly low product inventory levels and fast changing consumer patterns are fostering the seismic shift to online purchases. This slow death of traditional retail employment has yet to "officially" show up in our government-reported national unemployment numbers.

And add to our daily investment risk the fact that we now have a group of global economic “anarchists” working in the White House who are even willing to go to war to deflect the truth about what is really happening to the average American worker.

As a result of tariffs, we are already seeing negative economic data coming out of Europe and Asia, and it’s just a matter of time that we see similar negative economic effects here in the US, even though the White House is “massaging” the domestic economic numbers the average American is broadcast by a lazy corporate financial media.

Another sign of pending market volatility is the US Central Bank (Federal Reserve Board) abruptly reversed its interest rate stance to a “lowering interest rate” posture from a “rising interest rate” posture right after the May decline - for the purpose of offsetting the contentious tit for tat trade threats.

Readers may not be up on the history of the stock markets and how the US central bank influences or manipulates the stock market with interest rates. But know that when Wall Street demands lower interest rates to “bailout” their fear and confusion, the US stock market economy is running out of momentum.

So how long can we keep up this stock market - interest rate yoyo co-dependence? When and what type of "intervention" will be required?

It seems obvious now that Wall Street investment sentiment can only be positive if they can be assured of lower interest rates to keep the markets headed up.

In other words, the stock prices of US corporations are clearly dependent on lower interest rates to continue their upward trajectory. Sound corporate management and free market forces seem to matter less and less.  

The stock market’s addiction to the US central bank willingness to always come to their rescue with lower interest rates is simply a warning sign the US “stock market” economy is not as healthy as the corporate media and the politicians in power want us to believe.

Here we go with the idiocratic anti-socialism” scare mongering

Another sign of endemic political economic deceit that exist in the sick politics of Trump: During the next 18 months leading up to the 2020 elections, watch Trump and many of the Vichy Republicans in Congress bring out the ludicrous "socialism" scare tactic.

To anyone with a working brain, this fear mongering tactic is nothing more than another cynical and bogus attempt to dupe gullible, ill-informed voters into thinking their Democratic or independent opponents are tainted. Of course the opposite is true.

"Socialism" as an electioneering scare tactic will be the 2019-20 electoral version of the Joe McCarthy communism intimidation that scandalized our nation during the Eisenhower administration.

Using socialism as a political scare tactic is, in fact, a clear sign that the right wing political elites are terrified the American public will see the truth about their failing economic policies.

Hopefully this ridiculous “socialism” scare tactic will be viewed by most normal sane voters as just another cynical and desperate measure designed to provide a little more time to a Vichy Republican platform that is in its death bed, in spite of their delusional arrogance and grandiosity.

In my view, political economy critics who are intelligent, thoughtful and honest offering positive problem-solving analyses of the failures of our elite-controlled US economy under Trump are the only Americans that truly deserve my respect - or my vote. They are the real patriots - wanting to make America better for the Americans that deserve it.

At least these Americans are trying to offer some light within the increasing darkness of our current political economy - unlike what the bullies who are part of the Trump hate cult, which is to create chaos and divisiveness among Americans.  

Americans are going to have to make a choice. Either they continue to gullibly vote for white supremacy and Trump crony kleptomania - or choose a new sane national leadership that is not based on hate, mysogyny, racism and tax theft.

One last thing: Trump and his racist mob followers need to go back to the country and era they came from: 1930s Germany.

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No “corporate welfare” interest rate cut in Trump’s fixed economy

As long as Donald Trump is US President, which will at least be through 2020, it may not even be necessary to read any more economic analysis articles.

Why? Because almost all the economic decisions Trump and his Federal government  are going to make are market manipulative agendas designed to prop up the stock market - in a concerted effort to "fix" his 2020 re-election.

In effect, Trump is implementing a Wall Street corporate welfare electioneering economy. And no one on Wall Street, the Republican Party, or his base, cares.

The Democrat-run House may care, but they have little power to do anything about it. Ironically, the Republican "free markets" Party has now become the big corporate welfare party. Let me explain. 

Under Trump's economic agenda in the United States, we can no longer separate our investment economy from Trump's haphazard political agenda.

Since his election in 2016, Donald Trump has converted what remained of a functional US market economy and turned it into a national version of his New York-like real estate empire – by "hiring" (appointing) politically-compliant crony ideologues (and obvious fellow dysfunctionals like Stephen Miller and Stephen Mnuchin) to manipulate the US economy and the stock markets - for the primary purpose of fixing his 2020 Presidential election chances.

What Trump’s corporate welfare cronyism means for the United States

First, let me state very definitively that "tax-funded corporate welfare” is the same thing as American corporate “socialism.” 

Think of it this way: If America were a socialist nation, we would be using most of our tax dollars to create and sustain "government-provided goods and services" to the masses.

In America, because our laws are ultimately written to promote “private sector success” - and since we believe we are a God-annointed capitalist global leader, we are now fostering the deeper replacement of any “government" part of our economy with "corporate" - by simply funneling more and more of our tax dollars to support the big lobby money controlled “big corporate” provision of goods and services. 

Even our long-running national safety net money (aka “entitlements”) - which has been part of the U.S. economy (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc.) since the mid-20th Century - and has funneled commoner tax dollars directly to the “big corporate” private sector. 

Confused? Answer this question: Name one government-run food provider or government-run health care provider (other than the VA) that receives even small amounts of tax dollars for the direct provision of safety net good or services?

Even women’s health care services like Planned Parenthood - and most other local indigent population health clinics - are NGOs that rely largely on citizen donations - with minimal funds coming from government-collected taxes.

Today, under the ideologue privatizer Donald Trump, the neoRepublican Party, the elite evangelical family cabals that pander to Trump, and Wall Street’s big lobby money benefactors, we are now witnessing the privatization of our public education system, our Social Security fund, our military, our drinking water (an especially dangerous mindset), and the “don’t get sick” Republican non-health plan - pushed using “anti-socialist” propaganda - intended solely to promulgate the continuation of a dysfunctional insurance industry private payment system.

Extreme Deregulation - Trump's favorite form of corporate welfare

Under what can only be labeled as Trump's extreme privatization agenda, everything now is about about profit and even more profit, a uniquely American form of corporate “socialism” that blatantly redirects our tax dollars for the "profit" benefit of Trump’s favored fossil fuel companies, war corporations, and Wall Street hedge funds - all of whom are eternally grateful for their huge tax cuts, the almost total disregard for anti-trust laws, and, of course, their massive cost-cutting “profits” of deregulation.

America is now witnessing - under Trump - deregulation policies designed to "profit" from:

  • degrading public safety regulations;
  • degrading public health standards like clean air and water;
  • profiteering through the trashing of consumer rights (to keep corporate criminal behavior immune from lawsuits);
  • profiteering from a harsh public sector border security mindset that separates immigrant children from their parents;
  • profiteering by making every effort to privatize our US public education system; and
  • turning our foreign policy into nothing more than unfettered weapons sales to global dictators and Middle East tyrants (who, with US support, directly killed innocent Muslim children in Yemen).

In fact we are now living in a manipulated U.S “political economic” system – an economic system being used not to benefit the nation as a whole, but to benefit the elite political families, including extreme right wing evangelical elites, and favored Wall Street lobby money entities.

In Trump’s Federal government, no economic decision is being made without favored elite profiteering and his 2020 re-election in mind. In Trump's self-obsessed mind, he will ONLY get re-elected if he can buy off Wall Street by making them even more money - and to get the stock market to stay up regardless of the consequences to the nation’s workers and their longer-term financial health.

Economically, look out below if Trump is re-elected  

If Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020 for another four years (and it looks like he will given how the Democrats are acting), there is a good chance the United States will be in for an economic "shit show" during his second term.

First of all, the Trump Administration is run by very narrow-minded men and women. Like Trump, they are self-absorbed elitists who are willing to do anything to retain their power and influence in a fast changing United States that is seeing increased cultural and religious diversity.

In addition, 60% of an American citizen majority are wise enough to have a strong retro-desire to move away from elite corporate power that is destroying our middle class - and directed to a more egalitarian decentralized capitalist economy.

Of course the US corporate elites, especially the most ruthless of them, will spend unlimited funds to try and “buy” anti-boycott and anti-protest laws passed by their lobby money corrupted politicians. And as we saw with the Standing Rock dissent, corporations will hire and use both public and private police thugs to repress citiizen and consumer activism against big corporate and big lobby money power grabs and abuse.

Moreover, the Trump Administration is working with other international "leaders” who are actively trying to prime Russia to allow for a US/Israel/Saudi Arabia war with Iran. And, of course, like Iraq, a war wit Iran is clearly about oil, even though it will be “sold” as some form of "anti-terrorism” propaganda or made up Iranian aggression.

In the end, we clearly see what type of a person Trump is from the Mueller Report. Trump tries to portray himself as a victim. He is not. He is, in fact, a political and economic anarchist.

Moreover, untreated emotionally disturbed individuals in high stress situations - especially addicts who are constantly criticised and attacked by critics, will eventually lash out in even more self-destructive ways, which is what we can expect Trump to do at some point in the future. We already see what he does on a daily basis.

If we combine Trump’s emotional immaturity with his other advisors’ extremism ideas (Bolton, Pompeo, Stephen Miller, and Betsy Devos), it is inevitable some crisis will be created by this white nationalist cabal. We already see it with their inhumane immigration policies, ignoring the people in Puerto Rico (who pay taxes but can’t vote), and the increasingly common news about chemical spills and other public health issues.

Investments

Regarding money and our investments, the political lock Trump's "corporate welfare agenda" has on our national economic agenda will, in fact, reduce stock market volatility and the odds that the markets will go down much - at least until after the 2020 elections.

Trump consistently tries to intimidated the Federal Reserve Board (FOMC) into political submission, i.e more interest rate cuts. Fortunately, Jerome Powell, the FOMC Chair, has resisted Trump’s bullying. Powell, unlike Trump, is a committed economic professional, as do many of the FOMC Board members.

The biggest risk to our long-term financial health is living in a market economy that ignores the sanity of a progress-focused national business environment, the intelligent use of science, innovative leadership competence along with basic consumer protections, and a nation driven by a diversity-minded business integrity that respects and rewards ALL citizens, using intelligent problem-solving instead of ignorant economic ideologies that foster increased income inequality.

When we one day get rid of most of the Wall Street kleptocrats who incessantly try to steal our tax dollars to enrich themselves, we can again move forward to a more "inclusive capitalism" that at least tries to share more wealth with the 60% of Americans who are still not participating in our national wealth creation.

Ultimately, extreme ideological thinking creates dangerous cults. Today, America seems to have become a divided nation of ideological cults. And cults are always based on obsessive denial and faulty thinking.

It will only end in chaos and anarchy, which is where we are headed now

Sure, the corporate police state may come out in force, but either we stand up for the American commoner majority now, or we go deeper into the corporate “authoritarian” state that the governing kleptocrats are now taking us.

The Plunder Capitalism of the US Republican Party

We see once again that so many Republican pieces of legislation are often destructive acts of pointless cruelty - and an enduring monument to the Republican Party's total contempt for the majority of American people it has decided NOT to serve.

It is worth taking a step back and marvel at the sheer insanity of what the Republican Party is on the verge of doing.

There is no public purpose behind the legislation GOP elites are orchestrating, no courage to defend it to voters whose lives they are about to destroy, no recognition that it utterly lacks support and buy-in or even a kind word from any organized group in the entire field of medicine or insurance, no compunction about how it will radically remake one-sixth of the economy with a law they can't even explain to each other and haven't actually seen or helped draft, no shame about reversing themselves on public statements they made weeks or days or even hours ago about how they just can't bear to vote for it, no regret about using it to put millions of their fellow human beings through hell every day for weeks as Congress carelessly threatens their lives and livelihoods, no ability to stand up to their malevolent president who won't bother to understand or care about what they're doing as long as a bill ends up on his desk and allows him to tweet about his BIG WIN!

The GOP is full of people who want to stick it to The New York Times and college professors more than they want to make policy that will actually help people, or at least not make their lives demonstrably worse.

They are willing to ruin their constituents and ruin the lives of millions of people so that they might back-slap each other for a few minutes in the Rose Garden in the company of a demented charlatan President who will either end up humiliating and destroying them anyway or collapsing American society around himself and eating ice cream on top of the ruins.

The current Republican Party is run by the most selfish, cruel, and dangerous people to lead this country in 150 years and every day they find new and innovative ways to debase and invite shame on themselves. They make the corrupted elitism-lite of the Democratic Party look like the Girl Scouts. 

The only comfort right now is imagining the future that awaits the Republicans - that is if the Trump voters figure out that their angry gullibility has actually further filled the "Swamp" with more toxicity and crony tax revenue plunder - bogus tax dollar economic stimulus money they will not see a dime of.

The Republican Party's reward for kowtowing to their megalomaniac donors and their anarchistic primary voters - that is assuming that the United States does not continue down the road towards Trump's attempt to create a right wing police state - will hopefully be a series of stinging, comprehensive electoral defeats.

After three more years of Donald Trump (if he makes it that far) and the incompetent leadership of the current Republican Party, their deceptive populace ideology will be decimated as an organized force in American politics for a generation. They will have sacrificed themselves, their principles, their reputations, and their constituents for nothing more than greed, grandiosity, and their addiction to abusing poor people. They will forever be remembered as the enablers of a trash-heap president who is literally losing his mind in front of us and who may very well succeed in erasing a 240-year-old republic.

But in the end, if there is any justice in the universe, what they will do instead is watch a hopefully remodeled Democratic Party (or better yet a viable third-party run by good people) who crush them in the next three election cycles, sweep them and everything they believe aside, ignoring the lamentations of their vanquished press secretaries as they embark on a years-long progressive bender that will make Republicans wish they had just made their peace with ObamaCare and acted like the principled opposition they pretend to be.

Some Republican politicians will be gone before their legacy of toxicity becomes undeniable even to their most die-hard supporters. But others will live long enough to read the first chapters in the history books documenting their unfathomable cowardice, titanic greed, and galactic stupidity, describing how they precipitated a series of domestic Cuban Missile Crises and voted to launch the missiles, how they tried to bury the republic rather than keep it, how they prioritized their narrow political interests over basic human decency, again and again and again.

And in that moment, we can only hope, they will process the words describing their own depravity and they will understand that they have wasted their careers in the service of avarice and evil.

Americans have to make a very important decision very soon: Choose between an intelligent problem solving leadership that uses science, compassion and cooperation for all Americans - or choose an ideologically greedy and angry neo-racist capitalism that blames the "others" for our country's increasingly ominous economic and social problems.

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Thoughts from the Anonymous Underground

“The US President and Congress are irrelevant. Multinational corporations and organized crime run the world now” – TV’s Raymond Pennington

POLITICAL ECONOMIES:

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU SELL ONE AND BUY A BULL. YOU’RE HERD MULTIPLES, AND THE ECONOMY GROWS. YOU SELL THEM AND RETIRE ON THE INCOME.

TODAY’S CAPITALISM: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU OWE $175,000 PER COW, UNLESS YOU ARE A HEDGE FUND OR WALL STREET BANK CEO.

POST CAPITALISM: THE COW YOU NO LONGER OWN HAS TWO JOBS.

SOCIALISM: YOU HAVE 2 COWS. THE STATE TAKES ONE AND GIVES IT TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, WHO DOESN’T HAVE A FIELD TO PUT IT IN.

COMMUNISM: YOU HAVE 2 COWS. THE STATE TAKES BOTH AND GIVES YOU SOME MILK. THE COWS DIE DUE TO NEGLECT.

FASCISM: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. THE STATE TAKES BOTH AND ARRESTS YOU FOR DEMANDING SOME MILK.

AMERICAN REPUBLICAN: HE HAS TWO COWS. HIS NEIGHBOR HAS NONE. WHO CARES!

AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: HE GIVES A SPEECH ABOUT HOW HE FEELS COMPELLED TO SHARE HIS THREE GREAT COWS. HE SAYS TO HIS NEIGHBOR IF HE VOTES DEMOCRAT HE WILL GET ONE. HE GETS A GOAT INSTEAD. THE NEIGHBOR, DISILLUSIONED, STOPS VOTING OR VOTES FOR THE NEXT AUTHORITARIAN.

AMERICAN LIBERTARIAN: THE LIBERTARIAN BLAMES BIG GOVERNMENT FOR NOT HAVING HEALTHY COW. HE DIES - NEVER OWNING A COW, BUT KNOWS HE WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG. 

AbomiNation Corporate Structures

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU SELL ONE, AND FORCE THE OTHER TO PRODUCE THE MILK OF FOUR COWS. YOU ARE SURPRISED WHEN THE COW DROPS DEAD.

A BRITISH CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. BOTH ARE OBSERVED BY CLOSED CIRCUIT TV.

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. BUSINESS SEEMS PRETTY GOOD. YOU CLOSE THE OFFICE AND GO FOR A FEW BEERS TO CELEBRATE.

CHINESE CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU HAVE 300 PEOPLE MILKING THEM. YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE FULL EMPLOYMENT AND HIGH BOVINE PRODUCTIVITY. YOU ARREST THE NEWSMAN WHO REPORTED THE REALITY.

JAPANESE CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU REDESIGN THEM TO BE ONE-TENTH THE SIZE OF AN ORDINARY COW AND PRODUCE TWENTY TIMES THE MILK.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION: YOU HAVE TWO COWS. YOU WORSHIP THEM. YOUR PEOPLE STARVE OWNING CELL PHOHES.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION: EVERYONE THINKS YOU HAVE LOTS OF COWS. YOU TELL THEM THAT YOU HAVE ONLY ONE. NO ONE BELIEVES YOU, SO THEY BOMB AND INVADE YOUR COUNTRY. YOU STILL HAVE ONE COW, BUT NOW YOU ARE PART OF A FAKE DEMOCRACY.

A TRUMP CORPORATION: YOU HAVE FOUR COWS. THE CEO TELLS YOU HOW GREAT YOUR COWS ARE SO YOU KILL ONE OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND FILE FOR BANKRUPTY AND GET RICHER FROM BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS ACUMEN. YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND WIN ON PROMISES OF USING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL TO GOLD PLATE YOUR DEAD COWS.

“There is no Planet B"

THE CHOSEN

It’s hard to fathom how the Israelis can stand to live with themselves given the ongoing misery and cruelty they have inflicted on the Palestinians; and it’s equally not easy to understand how the rest of the world has let them get away with it.

Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, regardless of the historical terrorism of Hamas.

Israel is possibly the future of global Nation-States: A modern internment camp democracy! 

ALMOST ALONE

The global crisis, which is as much moral and intellectual as it is political and environmental, puts into question above all our long submission to Western ideas of politics and economy. Whether it is catastrophic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or disastrous interventions in Syria, the latest financial crisis which began in 2008, soaring unemployment in Europe (which is likely to empower far-right parties across the continent), hideous income disparities in both Europe and the United States, the widespread suspicion that big money has corrupted democratic processes, the dysfunctional American political system, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency, or the dramatic loss of a sense of possibility for young people everywhere—all of this separately and together has not only severely depleted the West’s moral authority - but also severly weakened its intellectual authority.

Yet no one needs to become depressed or despondent over disasters befalling mankind.

Know your politics. Know your history. There’s nothing new happening here. Only the names have changed.

Man seeks to crawl back into the womb after realizing the world isn’t a friendly place. Problems are self-inflicted but solvable. Should we wake from distraction, insipid entertainment and activist slumber, positive change is at our beck and call.

Abominations and goings on don't happen without our consent. Self governance isn’t a spectator sport.

5% of colonists participated in the 1st American Revolution.

95% hid out until the fighting was over, grew fat from war profiteering, looked down from Canada or rooted for King George III.

Let others decide which color nail polish to wear and which NFL team to champion. We can choose our future.

Adbusters, EFF, We Are Change, Glenn Greenwald, Chuck Baldwin, Stewart Rhodes, Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning, Ross Ulbricht, Edward Snowden and countless others are already on the front lines.

Stop whining and move forward!

“Unlimited economic growth on a finite earth is the logic of a cancer cell.”

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Democracy is Dependent on Challenging Corporate Absolutism

As a society, how do we define what a "moral economy" is?

Here at SoberMoney, we define a moral economy as one that allows most of the citizens to at least have a fair chance to work, provide for their loved ones, and to attain some degree of long-term life independence and retirement security. Clearly there is no perfect economy, whether it be capitalist, socialist, or one of the social democracies we see in the Nordic countries.

In reality, achieving a true "moral economy" is a constant work in progress. We now have enough human history to know what is NOT a moral economy. Elitist oligarchies like we see in Russia and India are not moral economies. Repressive neo-socialist states like in North Korea or Venezuela are not moral economies. Oil theocracies like we see in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East are not moral economies.

Here in the United States, we are starting to look more and more like the oligarchical corporate model of India. Except instead of having one company dominate each sector of the domestic economy, our duopoly party system is working toward the "regulation" of a two company oligarchy for each economic sector. Current examples of US sector duopolies are 1) Verizon and AT&T, 2) Apple and Samsung, 3) Amazon and Wal-Mart, 4) Monsanto and Con-Agra, and 5) if the merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by the FCC, Comcast and Comcast (no, not a mistake).

The Big Lie

Contrary to US Reagonomics revisionist neoonservative economic theory - which obviously began when Ronald Reagan became US president, the United States has since become a corporate welfare state. It was under the Reagan presidency when the US corporate sector began to achieve more powerful advisorial influence in the federal political system. More importantly, the federal regulatory agencies became profit-inhibiting pariahs, were gutted, and thus began the massive income inequality seen now, as well as the trashing of public health and public safety laws.

As a direct by-product of Reaganomics, the beneficial achievements of labor unions - fair wages & benefits, occupational safety, and worker bargaining rights - began to see its demise under the bogus belief that "trickle down" economics was the answer to global competitiveness and the waning stock market at the time. Ironically, the union corruption that existed at the time made it easy for the Republicans to start dismantling unions and sell pro-corporate Reaganomics.

Since the 1980s, the United States economy has seen a consistent favoritism toward corporate rights over consumer, worker, and citizen rights. The fall of Russian communism in the late 1980s accelerated the almost religious belief system of a pro-corporate mindset . And since the beginning of the 21st century, while still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, we are closer to becoming a quasi-corporate police state - where anyone who questions the rights of the free markets over social justice and a moral economic order is considered a troublemaker, or at worst, a terrorist. 

The Contradiction Between "Free Markets" and Global Corporate Absolutism

Most Americans are now plagued by a macro-economic form of faulty thinking. And that faulty thinking goes like this: Freedom = the Free Markets = the Global Corporate System. It is a pervasive yet bogus fixed mindset that presents itself as the final solution of how people everywhere must now live. 

On the surface, this unquestioned preference for "the global free market" is dinned into the heads of US and global citizens by slogans saturating the corporate media around the clock - or conversely, by police and security beatings, clubbings, tear gas and rubber bullets - if the slogans don't imprint, as in Seattle during the IMF/World Bank meetings or in NYC as a result of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Yet underlying the instituted corporatist propaganda and potential for violence is this value equation always at work: brainwashing the public mind for global corporate acquiescience. Hence, freedom has become equated with the free markets, and in turn, globalization is equated with transnational corporate "ownership" to ALL of the world's natural resources.

The challengers of this assumed multinational corporate privilege are those who are in direct ethical and emotional conflict with this mindset: the poor, artists and musicians, many educators, some government workers, progressive liberals, progressive libertarians, and a few old guard conservatives who still believe in the classic definition of  no corporate bailouts "free markets." They see, in fact, that the new Wall Street version of the American capitalist system is one of banking oligarchs and the privileged political elites.

Sadly, the Democratic Party is now mostly part of the latter, primarily paying political lip service to consumer rights, public health, public safety, and citizen freedoms.

The US profit and growth addiction

South African Steven Biko said: "The most effective tool of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."

As Americans, we clearly see our addiction to profit and money every day. We see and hear it from the patronizing cable business channels like CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. In fact, these plutocrat-owned media outlets are for the most part corporate apologists for the institutionalized monopolizing behavior of the Wall Street elite. in fact, the US elite greed addiction has recently been called "affluenza" by a judge who gave a rich 16 year old Texas kid ten years probation for killing four children while driving drunk. 

Currrently, our nation's "collective self-worth" depends largely on the disingenouis American Dream fantasy of how much money we can make, how little taxes we can pay, how quickly we snap up new technology to show off our adult toys, how "cool" our numerous vehicles are, how over-acheiving our children are, how little we have come to care about worker rights and our public health, and how cavalier we have become regarding having active compassion for the poor and the less unfortunate.

Much of America has become a nation of self-centered, elitist-adoring greed addicts. 

The Narcissism of Profit

Sadly, our profit addiction comes at a huge cost. At this stage in our world's human and social development, we are in the process of creating the largest wealth disparity we have ever seen. 

Simply put, a narrowing group of rich elitists are getting richer, the middle class is getting poorer, the poor and less fortunate are continually neglected, our prisons are overcrowded with young black males - with no programs for rehabilitation, and our children are being increasingly massacred in their public schools and in public enertainment centers by a national gun culture that ignorantly thinks owning guns is the answer to their "impotence" in the growing corporate-controlled government police state they now live in.

Many Americans naively believe the lie that owning guns and exotic military weaponry will get them back to their almost total lack of individual economic (worker) power. Not surprising in the current economic environment, they simultaneously blame foreign workers for a declining middle class, fostered by the same politicians they vote into public office.

SoberMoney believes our national gun fetish is an example of a subconscious Aryan male powerlessness. We see states run by vote-pandering white male dominated Republican poltiticians who pass laws that force women to undergo mandatory sonograms (like government broodmares).

These mysogynist right wing evangelical legislative efforts helps create the illusion they still have some control over their social beliefs - which are all they really have left after the global corporate elites havetotally compromised their labor rights.

The "Free Markets" Addiction  

Our Nation's unquestioned worship of "free markets" and wealth is very much like an alcoholic or drug addict who will harm or hurt anyone or anything that gets in his or her way of achieving unfettered profits. Money and profit has become our national pain killer - an insidious "drug" that numbs the fear and anger caused by four decades of middle and worker class economic neglect and abuse. 

In the United States, we no longer live in a free markets economy. We live in a globally coordinated, increasingly corporate totalitarian state - which controls governments with massive sums of lobby money and legal political bribes. If citizens balk, it uses its vast oligarchical police and security powers to coerce and convince gullible and fearful citizens (through their media news comglomerates) into believing that the global corporate system is the only sane way to live.

Functional Economic Thinking

If you read some or most of this website, we will provide information on how "mass economic activism' - both consumer and investor activism - is the most effective way to break our personal addictions and dissolve our economic delusions so we can dismantle economic elitist tyranny and the growing wealth and income disparity we see everyday.

In fact, our biggest political and economic problem in the US is our dysfunctional cognitive thinking. We must change both the way we think and act. We must give up the political lies that keep us feeling crazy and angry. In some cases we must change our thinking through our economic actions, and in other cases we must change our economic actions through self-respecting financial and poltiical analysis.

Bottom Line Reality-Based Economic and Political Thinking for open-minded US citizens:

  • Politicians work for their corporate lobby money masters - not you, the gullible voter-citizen

  • Big corporations control and manipulate our federal and state governnments - not the reverse

  • "Free markets" do not apply to large corporations - whose chartered objective is to control and own everything 

  • What benefits Wall Street most often hurts Main Street

  • True "Economic Freedom" would actually prevent global corporations from having unlimited access to the world's natural resources

  • Corporations reap billions of dollars in profit from individual addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, and gambling, debt, and celebrity fanaticism.

  • The evangelical "family values" politicians receive millions of dollars in lobby money and campaign contributions from media conglomerates and hotel chains who sell and distribute pornography and casinos. 

  • Republican politicians say they love small government - but constantly create big government legislation to restrict 1) women's reproductive health choices, 2) voter rights, and 3) the rights of the LGBT and Muslim citizen community.

  • Democratic politicians tell workers they look out for their interests, but behind the scenes get most of their campaign and lobby money from big corporations who keep workers in debt and disenfranchised.

  • Democrats talk about caring for the environment - but in reality have become part of the elite - working as high paid lobbyists for big dirty, coal, and mining companies after their political career ends.

Get real - or get left behind.

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