(Submitted by Quoth the Raven from QTR's "Fringe Finance" at http://quoththeraven.substack.com)
I tweet it out every time I see another one of these stories: what have we become?
When I wrote my recent article on why the U.S. was becoming a third world country, I didn’t worry about whether or not I had the evidence to make my case; I knew I did. I instead worried about whether or not people would get past the hyperbolic sounding argument of comparing the U.S. to a third world country and embrace the reality of what is actually happening in this country.
The world we live in is disturbing enough, it’s just that people often take on their daily routines - the latte with 150 grams of sugar and whip cream in it from Starbucks at 7AM, the Sunday “pile in the SUV” trip to go “bargain hunting” for a new “Live, Laugh, Love” sign at TJ Maxx, the family selfies every time junior gets a participation trophy at kickball - in an advanced state of catatonia.
Is it any wonder people don’t notice what’s going on around them? They’re too busy buying shit and being impressed with television infomercials to notice the police are using a battering ram to forcefully enter their house without a search warrant because they aren’t triple masked sitting at home on their own couches.
To quote the great philosopher George Carlin:
Have you taken a good look at some of these big, fat motherfuckers walking around? Big, fat motherfuckers. Oh, my God. Huge piles of redundant protoplasm lumbering through the malls like a fleet of interstate buses.
These people, these people are efficient, professional, compulsive consumers. It’s their civic duty. Consumption. It’s the new national pastime. Fuck baseball. It’s consumption. The only true lasting American value that’s left. People spending money they don’t have on things they don’t need. So they can max out their credit cards and spend the rest of their lives paying 18 percent interest on something that cost 12.50. And they didn’t like it when they got it home anyway! Not too bright, folks. Not too fucking bright.
And George was right: it isn’t too fucking bright. That’s mainly because people aren’t too fucking bright.
In fact, sometimes people just need their eyes pried open, like that scene in A Clockwork Orange. That’s the point of this post: to try and open some eyes.
I couldn’t help but have the same similar visceral reaction to the one I had about the U.S. becoming a third world country to a lot of the news stories about our “response” to Covid I have been seeing over the last few weeks.
To me, with my eyes pried wide open, I see a world moving at light speed toward globalization and authoritarianism. For the average automaton, its nothing more than our government “looking out for our best interest” and there’s nothing to be worried about because, without government, Covid is apparently waiting around the corner from us, with a gun, ready to shoot us at point blank range and kill us instantly.
Here’s 5 examples to help you open your eyes to exactly what’s going on globally. Keep in mind before reading this, this is all because of a virus we can’t stop that has an over 99% survival rate (you can read the rest of this article at QTR's "Fringe Finance" by clicking here).