Of Two Minds: While Everyone Applauds Huge “Wealth,” America’s Social Order Is Crumbling

October 1, 2021

So, of course, focus on the inexorable rise in stocks, cryptocurrencies, and housing as “proof” of America’s dizzying “wealth” as the social order crumbles beneath our feet.

It is a most tragic irony that while the corporate media incessantly touts America’s growing financial “wealth,” the nation’s true wealth: its social order– falls apart quickly.
While we are encouraged to encourage billionaires who invest a small portion of their wealth in space tourism and $ 500 million yachts as proof of “prosperity,” our media and leadership (ahem) profess to be baffled by The great resignation, known here at Of Two Minds as

The ‘Take this job and throw it away’ recession
, and other unmistakable signs of collapse.

(The anthem of this era should be Johnny Paycheck’s timeless classic,

Grab this job and keep it
2:31).

In my analysis, the social order it is made up of all the intangible social elements that serve to unite the peoples of a nation beyond their legal rights. the social order
It includes (but is not limited to) social (upward) mobility: the ladder to promote one’s agency (control of life) and opportunities to improve safety and well-being.

the social order it also contains Civic virtue, the willingness to share in the sacrifices of fellow citizens for the common good in proportion to one’s wealth and power, and
equal treatment before the law, not just as an abstraction but in the real world of the judicial system.

the social order also includes the moral legitimacy of the governance system: does the state (government) serve the citizenry or is it the other way around?

Finally, the social order manifests social cohesion, which is the ability to
shared values ​​and purpose and common ground, all of which generates a concern for the well-being of other citizens and the willingness to focus on shared interests.

The United States has lost all of these elements, such as own interest is the sole value, purpose, and goal that guides behavior, starting at the top: How do politicians make fortunes in excess of $ 100 million (cough, Pelosi, cough)? Through public service? (Don’t burst out laughing …) How can billionaires get extra wealth so easily (cough, Federal Reserve, cough)?

The rot starts at the top and then seeps into every fiber of the nation’s economic, social, and political order. As noted here earlier, America is now a moral cesspool, and “democracy” is simply the public relations cover for a neofeudal autocracy.

Behind every public relations narrative is self-interest corruption. How is it possible that day traders are rabidly following Pelosi’s stock portfolio and that the super-rich “leaders” of the Federal Reserve are leading the Fed’s policies to get even richer while claiming the mantle of “public service”?

How does a child molester like Jeffrey Epstein end up entertaining Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Harvard’s elite, and a true who’s who of America’s rich and powerful gamers?

The evidence of irreversible social decline is everywhere: Road rage it is now ubiquitous in airplanes and other social settings, commonalities have vanished, and the will or even the ability to identify common interests has been pulverized by the supremacy of self-interest.

The “reform” is another insider joke. Real reform could affect the wealth and power of our selfish elites, so what we have is reform drills They just add extra friction to a system that suffocates with bureaucratic grit on the gears.

Homeless camps are now just another accepted reflection of America’s “rising wealth and prosperity”, along with the declining prospects and wealth of the bottom 80%. If you don’t repeat the party line enthusiastically enough, Big Tech will send you to the Gulag Digital.

The more politicians, Fed governors, insiders, and billionaires lament that they really care about commoners, the greater the gap between the reality of their own interests and their ridiculously transparent public relations.
As apologists, toads, lackeys, factotums, and apparatchiks frantically spew public relations rah-rah about “recovery” (do you mean we’re all addicts and now we’re “recovering”?), The workforce is finally waking up to the void of public relations and the decline of America’s social order: the rewards of the economy have shifted to two classes, the financial aristocracy, the top 0.1% now owning more wealth than the bottom 80% of American households, and speculators, from the leading scammers on Wall Street to daytraders gambling on their Pelosi wallets.

So, of course, focus on the inexorable rise in stocks, cryptocurrencies, and housing as “proof” of America’s dizzying “wealth” as the social order crumbles beneath our feet.
Self-interest has never been so good.


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