Fixing the USA
There were once proud and beautiful people in America, the Indians and the cowboys that people all over the world learned to love from the Hollywood movies. It was America, where Edison and Tesla made their inventions that helped shape the modern world. American films and music were culturally enriching, beautiful, without any vulgarity. American democracy and freedom was something other nations only dreamed about. We love you, our beautiful America; we love you the way you were. But what have they done to you now? Why are you so different? This chapter goes over the various problem areas and specifies fixes for a country on whose policies the whole world depends on.
Statements about America - by Important Americans and Organizations
1. "If they turn on the radars we're
going to blow up their goddamn
The US is naturely not the only
country, which behaves this way. All colonial powers have behaved in a
similar fashion, the only diference being the fact that US officially never
had any colonies.
What Insufficient Democracy Caused, in the US, during the Last 50 Years
Some of the things that worsened, some twice, some up to hundred times:
Americans are lead to believe, from an early age on, that they are the best and that USA is the best country. This strong nationalism is omnipresent everywhere, from the way Americans think to the way their foreign policy is applied. It is also the reason why, unlike other countries, the US does not look for examples elsewhere. On the contrary, America wants other countries to follow its example. This is unfortunate! This is wrong! It should be a two-way street! America has a lot to learn from other cultures and political and economic systems!
Why should the US follow examples of other countries, of foreign politics, and why should they embrace any programs of foreign countries? The reason is that smaller and less nationalistic countries are in many ways more efficient, thriftier, and more progressive. One of the reasons is that they learn from other nations. If America followed examples from other countries, it would benefit not only the US, but the whole world. Major changes in policies of United States would mean significantly increased world peace and prosperity to us all, not only for now, but for future generations to come.
American system cannot and should not be replicated in small countries. An example is the failure of application of U.S. social, economic, and political structure in the post communist Czechoslovakia, although officially no one talks about this huge failure.
It is the super rich who run this world. Everything is shaped to serve their needs. They are the kingmakers; they have the money and power to change the world, unfortunately they do it only in a way to best suit them, while in the process they become even richer and more powerful. In the following table we take a look at some of the less fortunate socioeconomic groups and will examine why they exist. Do they exist because they have to? Is it because everyone is really responsible for his or her own destiny? Or do they exist simply because the super rich are not bothered enough by their presence, because it does not affect their wellbeing enough?
Why do the super rich allow this terrible status quo? It is because this system suits them well. Just as we all, they too are being taught that there is no better system. They have seen, throughout history, that changes to the system to the left or even to the extreme right have undermined their positions; they lost their power and riches, while often the rest of the population suffered too. So from historical point of view, there is no alternative for them. In any kind of a major change these people, who shape our lives, have too much to loose, sometimes even their lives. So they make sure to keep things going the way they know that works; they are not bad, just are afraid of a radical change.
I propose, in this book, a very unique solution to the world’s wrongs. While in other types of government-system-changes, which help the normal folks, the super rich normally lose, in our push for better democracy they will actually gain. Here are several reasons why:
So far I have shown the extreme conspiracy look at this situation. It is the theme of this book. However, does it really suit the elites to have homeless, unemployed, uninsured, and drug-addicted people? You decide! The truth is always relative! It certainly does not bother them enough, or they would have made sure that these ills of our society are eliminated. More conventional look at the situation would naturally be to look at it from the Reganomics viewpoint, which believes that everyone is a master of his own destiny and he, not the state, should take care of himself.
Choosing A Better Way
Globalization has served the US, as well as other major developed countries, very well so far. The media, universities, and government officials keep on praising the globalization efforts that supposedly are benefiting both the major economic powers and the developing nations. Unfortunately the reality is quite different. Globalization policies are often doing a lot more harm to the developing nations than the artificial benefits that appear in the tainted economic statistics. Higher average salary does not necessarily mean better or happier lives. The globalized countries become often unstable and deeply in debt to the globalizing powers; the populations often develop hate for the developed nation that under the cover of democracy and freedom supports in power its own puppets who then ruthlessly rule the developing country. These are politicians that the local people hate, because they don’t work for their interests, but rather for interests of the globalists. As we have seen with the emergence of terrorism, this world order does not work. It leads to crises, hate, wars, covert Western actions to support some of the cruelest, bloodiest regimes and oligarchies, which are wrongfully called “emerging democracies”, while they are not democratic at all.
Globalization brings money and inexpensive goods to the people of the developed nations. The fact that significant portion of the US population is hungry, does not have medical insurance, is addicted to drugs, is infected with incurable STD’s, etc. does not show in the official statistics that compare the median salaries or purchasing power in various countries. In these biased statistics the ill US society looks very well indeed. Unfortunately these are the very statistics that are being used to compare standards of living in different countries, of different politico-economic systems, etc. This so called standard of living is then very wrongfully equated with quality of life of the different populations. This quality of life is then falsely considered to be closely associated with satisfaction and happiness.
Naturally these US policies are a failure both at home and overseas. They only work enough so that the American population is content. Americans are being constantly fed the same lines – that their system is the best, that no one has ever been able to create a better system, that the US is helping other nations, but these people don’t even appreciate it, etc., etc.
There are better ways. One such way did not have a chance to be tried fully, because the world powers killed it every time just after its birth. It was the Czechs that were stopped in their effort to develop a better system in both 1968 and than again in 1989.
Americans are a great, but unfortunately a misguided nation. Still they have the power to show the world a better way, all they need to do is try something new, better, and do it with honesty, not with slyness of a commissioned salesman, which is how the US government under G. W. Bush and some other Republican administrations unfortunately generally acts. Americans can lead a movement to world peace, wellbeing, freedom, and free international competition without domination, a world without major diseases, a world where people will be happy, satisfied, content, etc.
The US does not need to import up to 200,000 software engineers, nurses, fashion models, and other workers a year as they have been doing. They should seek and train their own! All they have to do is give its own people better educational opportunities. Well-paid instructors and well-subsidized education will cost the US a lot less than paying salaries to imported foreigners and feeding their large families for all generations to come.
Up to tens of thousands of nurses are imported to the US annually, while up to 150.000 US students are annually rejected by US nursing schools, mainly because they don’t have enough instructors. Why not enough? Because they don’t pay the instructors enough money! The US needs to train its own professionals! They need to provide large enough financial assistance and incentives to its students! They don’t have to steel brainpower from other countries while keeping its own brainpower unused, undereducated, and underpaid.
All that the US needs to do is to improve its own system – to make it more socially responsible, fair, democratic, and have long term, not short-term goals. Americans do not need to be domineering other nations that pose no threat to them – and which in addition to that have stable governments.
The following table shows how major changes to the US system, which would include elimination of unfair globalizing policies, would in 20 years improve tremendously quality of life in America and would save millions of American lives. Actually the number of lives saved would be many times higher if we consider that these changes will also prevent future wars. What I propose would eliminate the national debt, eliminate world tensions, wars, major epidemics of infectious diseases, would revolutionize the US educational system, would bring freedom, security, and prosperity to America. There would no longer be homeless people; there would be practically no crime, and no drugs. It will take a major effort, but it is doable. Most Americans will see benefits right from the start, primarily the poor and unfortunate ones will. These are the ones who need help the most, although even the rich and powerful will too reap benefits.
20-Year Plan to Fix US Problems
This is a quick overview and a rough estimate to show how to change the current dangerous trends and to form a lot better socioeconomic order.
The table calculates changes in the US government budget if a truly democratic, pro-people government would get elected. The first three money columns are for the first 5, the next 5, and the following 10 years.
In the first 10 years, major portion of the funds to run these programs comes from the following sources:
In the next 10 years the changes will already be yielding substantial financial benefits and would allow paying off fully the national debt. The Clinton administration was very successful at reducing the dangerous trend of increasing national debt; the Bush’ administration worsened the debt tremendously.
The proposed changes will be gradual, spread over a 20-year period, so a major shock to the economy would be avoided.
Here is couple of factors to be considered:
The second column from the right indicates number of lives saved - of people who now die prematurely, primarily from cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, car accidents, etc. My estimate is that during the 20-year period we can save nearly 9 million people from dying prematurely.
In a proper environment, under optimal nutrition, Americans could live not to be 75, but 100 years old. This radical life expectancy increase will not happen overnight, and certainly not in the 20-year period, but it should happen eventually. The theory behind this life-expectancy increase is best described in the book “How to Live Longer and Feel Better” by a two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling.
The government may naturally not like it if Americans would live to be 100. The US is increasing the retirement age to 70, so the average person will only be able to collect social security for 5 years before he dies. If he would live to be 100, he would collect it for 30 years, which is 6x longer, which would quickly destroy the already half-bankrupt US economic system. So what are the choices?
1. Can we continue with the current scenario, which can’t even guarantee that in 20 years the US will have enough funds left for our retirement? The system allows you to privately invest your retirement funds, but the economy will crash sooner or later, so you may hardly see anything from these investments.
2. The second choice, the only real choice to save America, is to adopt the changes I propose, or to adopt some other similarly radical solution. Americans will not only eventually live 25 years longer; they will also be healthy enough to work that many more years, and there will be work available for everyone, plus the economy will be thriving on production, not on selling done by commissioned salesmen and such occupations as lawyers and other jobs that do not add to, but rather burden our economy.
3. What is important is that we will be dying primarily from old age, not from disease.
4. After the transitional 20-year period, we will be able to again start lowering retirement age. If seniors in other countries can enjoy more retirement years, Americans will also be able to, but as seniors very often prefer to work, the impact of the extra retirement years may become negated by the fact that plenty of work for seniors would be available. Many may decide to take on part-time jobs rather than just stay home and not do anything. They would be helping their country and their children and grandchildren by supporting our cause.
5. This is an area that will need to be constantly re-evaluated and retirement age adjusted to the exact economic conditions that will develop, however the aim should be to try to lower the retirement age as much as possible and at the same time have jobs, part-time and short-term especially, available for those seniors that would prefer to work.
The last column is for increase of joy of life, on the average as a nation. It indicates how much more people could be happy and satisfied in the US 20 years from now. It shows 400% increase, which means 5x more. These are naturally only very rough estimates. Life joy will increase primarily in the lower socioeconomic groups, where there is a lot of hardship and despair right now. The total increase in life enjoyment may seem to be a lot, but after reading the next chapter, you will understand better that it is possible not only in the US, but in other countries as well.
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