We’re living in a failed state. The United States, are broken. At a time when we should be growing the public good and helping the poor, we’re taking away sharing resource and creating more inequality.
Historically, when inequality is as high as it is today in the USA, you get despair, and regime change. That is why we are in the state we are in. Most people live in fear. Even if they have jobs and careers, they are never far away from getting laid off, getting sick and being left helpless. The systematic dismantling of the New Deal (minimum wage, social security) and Great Society (medicare, medicaid, subsidized education and more) in favor of some sort of 19th century Victorian liberalism is a crime. The poor are being blamed for being poor, the lame are being blamed for being lame while the rich are getting accolades for being rich.
To me, it’s Randian philosophy run amok. A notion that an individual is the actor who controls their life and destiny with no regard for the foundations of society that allow that individual to flourish. Our national philosophy has no room for building a public part, government roads, a public hospital, public education or public anything. People survive in some sort of giant zero-sum game of I have to win and you have to lose.
We’re morally bankrupt of caring for each other. We’re morally bankrupt of seeing each others as equals. WE no longer see ourselves as WE. It’s me, us, them, and you. There is no sense of morally caring for each other as a means of helping the entire nation.
I don’t know what to do. I am tired after all.