Why do we tolerate such a corrupt, undemocratic, exploitative, elite-dominated system? . . . Isn’t it obvious that we need an alternative economic system that isn’t controlled by corporations, the government, and the central bank for the exclusive benefit of insiders and elites? — Charles Huge Smith
The USA presents us with the Acquiescence Paradox. Unlike such weak aspiring “democracies” as Guatemala or Thailand, no external power forcibly stops the American people from curbing oligarchic excesses.
- How then did the oligarchs manage to steadily increase their share of power and wealth?
- How did they gradually rob the vast majority of the world’s people of their possessions and liberties, submerging them in never-ending streams of lies, poisons, debts, and wars, while eroding the biological foundations of life itself?
- Why don’t the people vote for their convictions and interests?
- Why do Americans fail to adopt a Swiss-style political system, and thereby save money and live five more years?
- Why do Americans consent to policies that set their country and the world on a collision course with nature — even though nature bats last?
- Why do they permit their rulers to engage in a reckless policy of nuclear brinkmanship that might lead to the radioactive incineration of their country?
- Why do they parrot their government’s outrageous lies about unemployment,[2[ inflation,[3[ war spending,[4[ gold holdings — and everything else?
Dr. Moti Nissani is a jack of most academic trades and professor emeritus, at Wayne State University. He is the author of Encyclopedia of Domestic Assassinations: The US/UK Smear, Harass, Blackmail, Bribe, Incarcerate, or Murder all Influential Dissidents (an Aug. 2022 public domain book), Lives in the Balance: The Cold War and American Politics, 1945-1991 (a 1992 public domain book), and many peer-reviewed academic articles in a variety of disciplines.