"We're fools, protagonists in a kind of gruesome
comedy about the marriage of greed and stupidity. And the worst part about it
is that we're still in denial - we still
think this is some kind of unfortunate accident, not something that was created
by the group of psychopaths on
Wall Street whom we allowed to gang-rape
the American Dream." - Matt Taibbi 03/19/09
The American Dream: downtrodden peoples
discover freedom from tyranny.
But Americans find themselves trapped
in the tyranny of ponerological embrace
of the materilaistic
pragmatism of manufactured
That manufactured desire includes an embrace of
- belief that worldwide culture should mimic Henry Ford's Greenfield
The Church of Ford
exceptionalist fantasy of manufacturing desire to accelerate
populations of dying empires are passive because they are lotus-eaters.
There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion. They
retreat into the sexual, the tawdry
and the inane, retreats that are momentarily pleasurable but ensure
self-destruction. They naively
trust it will all work out. As a species, Margaret Atwood observes in her
dystopian novel "Oryx and Crake," "we're doomed by hope." And absurd promises
of hope and glory are endlessly served up by the
the political and economic elite,
the class of courtiers who pose as
journalists, self-help gurus like Oprah and
religious belief systems that assure
followers that God will always protect them. It is
collective self-delusion ,
a retreat into magical
thinking." - Chris Hedges
"The American Dream has become what
the ruling class dreams for
The American dream has become one where you step on everyone
and everything you have to in order to rise to the top of the heap.
It's time to remind everyone that this is not the real American dream.
Real American Dream is
a dream of a good life for everyone, a
decent job and the ability to live our lives free of other people telling us
what we can and can't do.
Most of us have no need or desire to
"have it all."
We just want enough to live a comfortable, simple life."
- Bruce McDonald
"From Bernie Ebbers and
WorldCom to Jeff Skilling
and the Enron boys, to Bernie
Madoff's Ponzi scheme, to the bait-and-switch that Bush and
Cheney used to
take the country into war, this was the Decade of Deception.
deceit was more malevolently corrosive than the fiction that this was a period
of expansive prosperity in which
significant numbers of our people were able to share in the American Dream of Financial
A tiny minority of insiders, on the other
hand, did very well for themselves.
Economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas
Piketty report that the highest earning 0.1% of Americans accounted for 8.2% of
the country's total pretax income.
That's the highest concentration of
wealth since 1917." - Tim Rutten
"Many individuals and groups now find themselves
living in a society that measures the worth of human life in terms of
cost-benefit analysis. The
central issue of life and politics is no longer about working to get ahead, but
struggling simply to survive. And many groups, who are considered marginal
because they are poor, unemployed, people of color, elderly or young, have not
just been excluded from "the American dream," but have become utterly redundant
and disposable, waste products of a society that not longer considers them of
any value." - Henry A. Giroux
The Industrial Revolution in America was the
motivating factor for the initial corruption of the American
1868 Horatio Alger pens Ragged
Dick. In his rags to riches juvenile
novels teenage boys, through studious
labor, work hard to escape poverty to become upper middle class if not
Horatio Alger created the myth of
upward social mobility in
The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship
culture places too much
emphasis on the acquistion of material possessions.
Moments of true
value, friendly conversation, time spent with family, enjoying the summer
breeze, watching the birds feed and preen have been relegated to a subordinate
The prevalent American philosophy is
now Social Darwinism which
preaches that survival of the
fittest - in the economic terms of
manipulation of resources - is the
mark of the successful pursuit of the American Dream.
"The Industrial Revolution
concentrated labor into mills,
mines, but industrial workers
could never experience the sense of satisfaction and pride that
craftsmen derived from their creations.
Working a craft is a
mentally stimulating and creative activity; operating a machine is not.
The best craftsmen were renowned as
Some are still renowned today: Thomas Chippendale and
The integral strength of Windsor chairs has never
been duplicated in a factory.
Persian rugs, even
handcrafted toys are renowned for their
Today that pride and satisfaction accrues only to
hobbyists, such as quilters, but never to industrial workers.
The Industrial Revolution degraded
human life to the status of coal.
People became fuel for
cheap, people are used until unneeded and then discarded like
originality, the best attributes
of human beings, are suppressed
to the point of extinction.
The Industrial Revolution sucked the
humanity out of the human race; people became things." - John
"We become what we behold. We shape our
and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan
constantly bombarded by advertisements that manipulate the individuals sense of
most people just want a little
Much of what Americans purchase are called "positional
goods" - objects whose value is measured in relation to the purchases of other
individuals within the same
social cultural niche.
individual becomes trapped in the hamster wheel of manufactured desire
a fine line between reality
and fantasy is bridged.
This "bridging" allows an individual,
through the use of mirror
neurons, to self-identify with
an infantilist ethos as
it favors laxity over discipline, values
childish impetuosity and juvenile
narcissism over enlightened self-interest
directed play to
spontaneous recreation. This
ethos feeds a
private market logic combating the
public logic fashioned by a republican
democracy." - Benjamin R. Barber
The American Dream for the
founders of America was a dream in which
men were free to worship, think and live as
they saw fit - the government was not to demand
submission; was not to decree
morals; was not to grant franchises and
privileges to entrenched
aristocracy; was not to encourage
consumption and was not to
conduct a never ending war.
dream in which
individuals no longer had to bow down to
tyrants - in which men were free
from bondage !
are Americans free from bondage as
the acquisition of material
possessions became a ball and
No longer are men
free from the bondage of tyrants as tyrants hold the keys to the
"Economic exigencies - the exchange of time for money -
have rendered us unable to afford the
virtue and pleasure of taking care of things." -
popular culture a
man's worth is judged by his possessions and
his ability to maniplulate resources.
The American Dream has been
corrupted into a
hyperreality dream in which an
individual achieves great power and wealth and
the means in which this is done is
"What America really needs is a policy vision which
sparks community building and cooperation among its citizens rather than
instructing them to simply spend their way into the American Dream. What
Americans don't realize is in so many ways it is
in their self interest to work in
cooperation." - Mark Winston Grifith
show that happiness rises with incomes - up to the point at which basic needs
are met, after which it stagnates as aspirations also rise with income.
economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman calls this a "hedonic
treadmill." Like the proverbial rats, we run faster and faster - and so do
our aspirations - but the bottom line is the old cliche: Money can't buy
happiness." - Andrew L. Yarrow
the intent of those who hold power to glorify American culture as the
penultimate utopian social order.
The desire for 'everything' is
the desire that is destroying American culture.
The desire to experience 'everything' binds
Americans to a corrupt form of the 'American Dream'.
"It may be too late for this year, but next year
the malls and stores can put up their real
symbol of the season and Jews and Christians alike will be able to get behind
it: a 12-foot gilded dollar sign, decorated with
credit cards and
shopping bags." - Marta
"What is the chief end of man? - to get rich. In
what way? - dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must. Who is god, the one
only and true? Money is god. God
and Greenbacks and Stock - father, son, and the ghost - three persons in one;
these are the true and only god, mighty and supreme." -
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