When did we go wrong

When did we take a wrong turn?
I believe that our problems began in the late 1940′s and early 1950′s, when two events happened simultaneously:

  • our world-renowned success in WWII,
  • the development of hyper-consumerism.

These two events led to two syndromes:

  • blind nationalism,
  • indiscretionary consumerism.

Maybe five decades of dancing was too much!

What happened next?
The 1950′s generation thus began inadvertently moving away from the fundamental ideas of American identity, including political pro-action, in lieu of in-discretionary consumerism and blind nationalism, neither of which seemed dangerous at the time.

A de-synchronization thus occurred between the American people and the original American concept, driven by:

  1. less-than-prudent influences in our profit-driven economy,
  2. judicial, legislative, and economic systems that are not checked and balanced,
  3. human nature.

Now what about today?

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7 responses

  1. Have you ever heard of Andrew Bacevich? You should check out his recent book, The Limits of Power. He analyzes 3 broad crises that America faces today (dividing them up as Political, Military, and Economic), and discusses their common root in American consumerism. He says the American quest for national expansion and for plenty has brought us to such dire positions as being engaged in two long, losing wars in the middle east, having politicians that don’t really serve us, and so on. You should check it out.


  2. 1913 : Creation of the Federal Reserve
    1960-1970 : Wartime spending
    1971 : Nixon removes the gold standard
    1980 -> : Massive deficit spending
    2001 – 2005 : Alan Greenspan monetary policy
    2007-2008 : Not letting banks go under. TARP.
    2009 : Stimulus package (and possibly more financial packages) that will inevitably blast the dollar once the world doesn’t want it anymore
    2010 – 20XX : ?????

    The only thing not clear is what happens next. At least from my POV.


  3. Blind nationalism? Was that during the time we were rebuilding Europe & Japan, or when we were trying to save South Vietnam from the Chinese puppets in North Vietnam, or just, you know, when was it exactly that we ever stopped trying to help the world.

    Hey, maybe we’ve gone broke BY TRYING TO BAIL OUT THE REST OF THE WORLD! As a member of a large family, I can certainly see this. I typed my cousin’s application for bankruptcy. “I tried to help my family, but it dragged me down instead.”

    Yep. What’s next?

    I’m more than ready for a full-up rebellion/revolution/overthrow of this dictatorship.


  4. In my opinion firstly two event shows the success of universe & another two events show the darkness ..& may be another country who doesn’t want to understand this type of event……..

    shivendra kumar

  5. I think it happened when we approved of the welfare state. The government has been getting bigger and bigger ever since, as more people sign on to free stuff.

    It also happened when we starting legislating immorality.

  6. Once again I find myself agreeing with you.

    America was built upon the foundation that everyone is entitled to whatever they can get. A noble cause , to be sure, but it has a huge flaw.
    Everyone wants everything, so when you tell them that they can have it if they work hard enough, you get capitalism. But you also get the evils of capitalism, greed, gluttony, and total disregard for the common man.
    After world war two, America became the most powerful nation on earth. But we stopped caring about advancement, for if your on the top, why should you have to make sacrifices of do hard work?
    This caused us to get a “My country is the best in the world!!” mentality that continues even when we are most defiantly not. The American people are afraid of change, (even though the last election seemed the think other wise). we did not elect Obama to change America, we elected him to bring us back to where we were.
    The only way I see America changing for the better is if the common man sees that you should love your country, but not your government.

    –Kyran Luhrs, Founder of The Ivory Tower

  7. The “American Economy,” is no longer small individual enterprises of rugged individualists competing to become bigger than they were!
    To survive and compete in todays global market, you have to lose your individualist identity, and become a part of a large conglomerate, a Global Multi National Corpotation. You have to become a part of a global enterprise that is larger and more powerful than most governments, in order to be a player in the world of “Free Enterprise!”
    You can believe that you are a small businessman opperating a small business and that you and your kind are the foundation that makes America great. You can believe that, and the world will continue to laugh at you. You Libertarians are lost inside the no longer existing past! Wake up and face our present day global reality.
    Every educated person knows, or should know, that everything on the planet is structured to evolve so as to survive inside a changing environment. If anything or anyone does not or cannot make a necessary adjustment to a changing environment, that what exists will no longer be able to exist into the future!
    Capitalism has grown into the stage of “Globalism,” because it is the only way that capitalism can evolve and grow, and not die and not realize it’s full potential.
    Capitalisim cannot move back into the way it was during the early history of America, just like a old man cannot recapture his youth.
    If you allow yourself to view the world scientificaly, you cannot help but come to the conclusion that the only possible alternative to a Free Market Economy is a Controled Market Economy, and the only possible alternative to a “World Controled Market Economy is a “World Planned Market Economy” that is designed to profit the entire planet without discrimination!


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