America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election … Germans see the US election as a battle between the good Obama and the evil Romney. But this is a mistake. Regardless of who wins the election on Tuesday, total capitalism is America's true ruler, and it has the power to destroy the country. – Jakob Augstein/Der Spiegel
Dominant Social Theme: Capitalism is the US's naked, merciless driver.
Free-Market Analysis: In this article in Der Spiegel, written by columnist Jakob Augstein, we observe the meme that "isms" are different and powerful. Capitalism is different than communism, which is different than socialism, etc.
We have some difficulties with this argument. But first we'll review more of the perspective provided by this article – very revealing of the European media mindset – and then return to the above point in our conclusion.
The European view of the US (among what we could characterize as "liberals") is that US culture is a kind of cowboy cartoon, a Wild West shoot 'em up. This article provides us with one of the clearest examples of this particular subdominant theme.
The dominant theme, of course, is a well-known one … that US power is vast and matched only by the youthful exuberance of its inequity. This meme was very popular in the 20th century when it was commonly held that US citizens would realize sooner or later that "old" Europe's socialist approach was a far superior paradigm.
Of course, today Europe's approach has entirely unraveled. The US's "older and wiser" cousin is bleeding out onto the streets, its youth unemployed, its monetary system in tatters. This is not commonly acknowledged by European intelligentsia. Here's some more from the article:
The United States Army is developing a weapon that can reach − and destroy − any location on Earth within an hour. At the same time, power lines held up by wooden poles dangle over the streets of Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy ripped them apart there and in communities across the East Coast last week, and many places remain without electricity.
That's America, where high-tech options are available only to the elite, and the rest live under conditions comparable to those of a developing nation. No country has produced more Nobel Prize winners, yet in New York City hospitals had to be evacuated during the storm because their emergency generators didn't work properly.
Anyone who sees this as a contradiction has failed to grasp the fact that America is a country of total capitalism. Its functionaries have no need of public hospitals or of a reliable power supply to private homes. The elite have their own infrastructure. Total capitalism, however, has left American society in ruins and crippled the government. America's fate is not just an accident produced by the system. It is a consequence of that system.
Obama couldn't change this, and Romney wouldn't be able to either. Europe is mistaken if it views the election as a choice between the forces of good and evil. And it certainly doesn't amount to a potential change in political direction as some newspapers on the Continent would have us believe.
This excerpt is typical of the tonality of the article and the larger mindset behind it. What is most pernicious is the idea that an "ism" is behind the troubles of the US. When one studies directed history closely, one is struck by how the power elite funded the philosophy behind these "isms." The funding of Karl Marx is just one example.
In reality, a power elite must exist – we see too many traces of it – shoving the world steadily toward global governance and using what we call dominant social themes to do so. The larger middle class is terrorized by fear-based scarcity promotions and willingly gives up power and authority to internationalist solutions.
What we call "isms" aren't strictly fear based but have been used that way. "Communism" terrified generations of Western citizens. Of course, when one investigates what communism is and how it was really implemented, one soon begins to realize that one is merely looking at the modern face of a merciless authoritarianism.
There really are no "isms" … not even capitalism. There are simply variations on an authoritarian theme. Can anyone say with assurance that Britain with all its oppression and government spying is so much freer than, say, 20th century (pre-war) Italy?
To say the US is "capitalist" is to miss the point. The US is increasingly controlled by a power elite clique from behind the scenes. Everything that happens in the US these days is aimed at the further establishment of one-world government.
US politics are not "cowboy" activities. And what is motivating the US's decline and fall surely involves a cold-blooded effort to tear down US exceptionalism in order to prepare US culture for a larger merger with other parts of the hemisphere and then the world.
What's going on has nothing to do with any "ism" except perhaps "globalism."