Bernie Madoff, the Grand Wizard of Profiteering America, A nation of profiteers
The economic foundation of America began with the profit motive above all others. Even freedom morphed into the free market economy, thus everything in America can be sold for a proper price. The supreme commodity was, of course, human beings or the African chattel slaves, personal property slaves or more properly, those human beings caught up into the slave system. There availability as human beings for personal property of the slave owning class, including those wonderful, freedom loving founding fathers, Washington, Jefferson, et al., contradicts all verbiage and declarations to the contrary concerning freedom, justice, liberty and equality.
James Baldwin told me in a 1968 interview at his New York apartment, "We're the only thing that happened here, nothing else happened here but us. And it's a wonder we all haven't gone stark raving mad." This was an awful indictment of the American slave system. For sure, in a slave society, the slave is the reason for the season. Even the master is ultimately subservient to the slave, although he imagines otherwise. He may initially profit from the slave, but in the end the "hunter is captured by the game." There is no slave in his right mind who does not envision overthrowing his master.
And yet at the present moment, the North American African is the vital commodity, worth between $50,000 to $200,000 (juveniles) per inmate per year to be locked down for criminal behavior under the US Constitution, in which indentured servitude is legal. Imagine, the 2.4 milion incarcerated never thought they were going into slavery upon doing "time." The youth were so ignut and arrogant they declared, "Aw, nigguh, I can do this time standing up," yeah, twenty-five to life standing up!
In the game they say how you start out is how you end up. Thus, America is simply ending up as she started, a slave society. Today her desire is for wage slaves who will work with few benefits, and no job guarantees. Ideally, contract workers are desired who can be retired at the drop of a hat. They have no job security or social security. They have nothing. They are slaves or persons caught up in the American slave system. But they are hopeless and hapless persons, unable to envision and future for themselves in spite of seeing before them nothingness and dread.
America has no desire to entertain the notion of a just or fair market economy, for this would wreak the very notion of the free market ideal of blood sucking the poor across the planet, of seizing their natural resources at the point of a gun, for this nation's history is repleat with land grabbing and people grabbing, with no regard for the humanity of the people or the divinity of the land and resources.
What does America care about Gross National Happiness, no, her concern is soley with profits, quarterly profit, no matter that the profit motive is killing the American people and the global villagers who are forced to encounter the American slave system of free market economics. Free to do what? Free to charge for any and everything. Free markets to kill, to steal, to rob and destroy the people, the land, the air, the water. What freedom is this except the freedom of madness, the freedom of the greedy, the blood suckers of the poor.
America is going broke because her health system is up to the highest bidder, i.e., insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry that is in league with the petrochemical industry from which oil feeds the wheels of America's addiction to White Supremacy or conspicuous consumption, the raw materialism that allows women and men to have closets full of shoes and clothes not needed or wanted, but purchased in their sick addiction to the world of make believe or naked materialism.
Without things, Americans have no reason for being, for it is the grand narrative, the supreme conversation, what do you have and where are you at? Janet Jackson asked, "What have you done for me lately?" The real question is what have you done for yourself and then what have you done for somebody else, especially since we were taught the Christian dictum, "It is better to give than receive."
The profit is driving America to hell. We need only stand aside and watch her fall into the bottomless pit. No matter whether the issue is health care, education, incarceration, politics or economics, the show is over. This revolution will be televised, with all praise due to Gil Scott.
You watched Egypt fall before your eyes, Tunisia, Yemen is but a minute away, and Syria, soon to come. And then the Grand Master Flash of them all, Saudi Arabia shall fall into the dustbin of history, along with her Sunni sycophants around the world.
Where will America be without the House of Saud? America will be standing with her dick in her hand and her heart racing! But she will not be able to save the House of Saud, for it must fall into the dustbin of history and reactionary theology and cave minded pseudo morality that has no place in the modernity of the new millennium.
The concept of kings, presidents for life, gunboat democracy, Christian imperialism, Western globalism or neo-colonialism, must join relics of the past era. Let the people stand and shout to high heaven that the king is dead, the president for life is no more, the prime minister and his children have been run out of town. Yes, let the people shout to high heaven that the show is over. The long history of eternal servitude has ended.
Now it is indeed about Gross National Happiness. What shall we do to make everyone happy?
How shall we provide for communal happiness, not individual but communal. And so it is ultimately not about a profit motive but the human motive, the people motive, the ancestor motive, the Divine motive. And we know God hears those who praise Him. Our Lord, to Thee is due all praise!