I was switching channels between the news programs today and all the reporters kept asking; when will the economy be recovering? I suddenly realized at that point that they were all asking the wrong question...
It's crazy to be asking when things will return to the way once they were. Time only travels in one direction. We can't go back.
What the reporters need to be asking is; what is being done to create the new economy?
We're thinking about this all wrong. We're waiting for our “leaders” to fix things. They can help immensely, but that's not really how things get fixed. The new economy will be created by us – which is essentially how the new economies always have been created.
Imagine what our nation might achieve if all the 300 million people in this country decided to be truly creative (in a constructive way). Sure, there would be a lot of chaos – most of our ideas wouldn't work very well. But if we all took it upon ourselves to fix this mess we've allowed to happen, some of us would find ways – and quite possibly, the new economy could be stronger than anything in history.
So, why do we keep sitting on our couch, waiting for the economy to get better for us?
I believe it's because that's what we've been trained to do. Remember, no reporters have been asking what you are doing to create the new economy... So...What are you doing?
...Even if all you do is to decide to spend your money differently, you have made an enormous difference.
Capitalism creates a culture that tells you what to want.
Democracy is a system that requires you to tell them what you want.
There are those who don't want us to think for ourselves. They want us to be dependent upon them. Because as long as we need them, they can drain us of our wealth. And I'm not just talking about money here. I'm talking about our society. I'm talking about our natural wealth. I'm talking about our ability to create wealth.
I'm talking about Americans submitting to a “group think,” empowered by collective propaganda, that has systematically amplified our worst behavior.
We have the capacity to create a new, healthy economy based upon our strengths, not our weaknesses.
...And let's face it. Our present economy is based upon our weaknesses.
Advertisers don't want you to be happy. They want to make you unhappy so that you will give them money for them to make you happy.
Advertisers don't want you to be independent. They want you to be dependent upon them.
Advertisers don't want you to think. They want you to do what they say.
And most importantly, advertisers don't want you to create a better world. Because if you did that, you might not need them.
It's time to think for ourselves and create a better world.
I'm not a communist. I don't hate capitalism. I spent ten years of my life getting irradiated for this country during the Cold War. Personally, I don't think it was that big of a deal, but I do believe that I have contributed something towards the right to speak up.
I believe capitalism should not be used as an excuse for immoral behavior. And I believe that, for quite some time now, criminals posing as capitalists have broken into – and dismembered our democratic republic. I also believe they hope to convince us that it's a bad idea to fix things, even if they have to lie constantly - and distract us at every opportunity.
In the long run, this isn't going to be good for anyone.
No system can function without reasonable boundaries and limits to behavior.
No system can function without the ability to adapt quickly to change.
No system that devours itself will continue to function for long.
We need to create a new economy. And to do that, we need to consider all the tools we have at hand. The powers that be won't do this for us. But in a democratic republic, we are supposed to be the powers that be.