Is American capitalism going away?

27 06 2009

There’s a blog post by a Russian writer that has been getting a lot of attention, and for good reason.  He claims American capitalism is gone and Americans hardly put up a fight.  Obviously it’s not completely gone, but we do appear to be on that path.   I still cling to the hope that the current trend is reversible, and that our country’s leaders will choose to reverse it.

Before I get started on all that, here’s the article:

American Capitalism Gone With a Whimper

By linking to that, I’m not saying I completely agree with everything he said.  There are generalizations which certainly don’t apply to everyone.  And I’m not sure how right he is about all his claims and predictions.  But he does make some good points, and it is something to think about.

I wonder if the members of Congress are fully aware of the direction our country is headed and support that.   There’s no way for us to know, because most of them won’t give a clear answer to a question like that — they talk about doing what is necessary for our country.  But the question is, what do they think is best for our country?  Do they support socialism or Marxism or communism?  I’ve heard that some do.

I also wonder what the American people want.  We are the people who elected most of these officials.  We should be making our voice heard through the voting process and by writing and calling our representatives.  But then I wonder about something said in that article: “Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives.” Is that true?  I sure hope not, but I’m somewhat scared of the answer.  I’m reminded of a quote by Homer Simpson (who of course is a cartoon, yet that show sometimes makes some points through satire): “The reason we have elected officials is so we don’t have to think!”  (By the way, the irony of that last reference is not lost on me.)

The point is, if we don’t like the direction our country is headed, we need to speak up.   Contact your representatives; you may think they won’t listen, but what’s important to them is getting re-elected.  If enough people call them, they’ll listen, because they need your vote.   And we need to study the issues and how the candidates vote, before the next election.  If we vote for someone just because of their party affiliation or just because they talk the smoothest, then we have to share some of the blame for our elected officials and the mess they’re making of our country.

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