Capitalizing on Capitalism: Rethinking The Great Recession


 

Are we in a depression or a recession...you be the judge!


As America goes deeper and deeper into debt, as gas prices become higher and higher and as inflation creeps closer and closer to our door steps, we need to take these times seriously!  The time has come to make decisions that will impact the next 20 years.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is well over 12,000 points but the unemployment rate still sits at 10% (more like 15% in the African American community).  At some point, the "American Dream" must be abandoned and a new paradigm for the future has to be framed. 

 


"It is not a picture of a healthy society.  Such a level of economic inequality, not seen in the United States since the eve of the Great Depression, bespeaks a political economy in which the financial rewards are increasingly exposed and unprotected middle class.  Income inequality in the United States is higher than in any other advanced industrial democracy and by conventional measures comparable to that in contries such as Ghana, Nicaragua and Turkmenistan." Quote from Why the Rich Are Getting Richer: American Politics and the Second Gilded Age by Robert C. Lieberman- Foreign Affairs (January/February 2011)

 


The scales of Western Justice have been fixed to empower and enrich those who already have power and riches!  Every political or coporate decision that is made marganializes the opprotunities of the average citizen.  This is why we must begin to think OUTSIDE of the parameters usually refered to as "outside the box"!  We must use our creativity & resources to develop methods and platforms that will allow for 'sustainable' means of living.

 


"Since the late 1970's a number of important policy changes have tilted the econmoic playing field toward the rich.  Congress has cut tax rates on high incomes repeatedly and has relaxed the tax treatment of capital gains and other investment income, resulting in windfall profits for the wealthiest Americans... In some cases, these policy changes originated on Capitol Hill: the ronald Reagan and George W. Bush tax cuts, for example, and the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act (under Bill Clinton),a repeal  that dismantled the firewall between banks and investment companines and allowed the creation of powerful and reckless financial behemoths such as Citigroup, were approved by Congress, generally with bipartisan support. However, other policy shifts occured gradually and imperceptibly." Quote from Why the Rich Are Getting Richer: American Politics and the Second Gilded Age by Robert C. Lieberman- Foreign Affairs (January/February 2011)

 

Just like we throw away our trash and forget about the consequensce of our actions; we should throw away the current contemporary western idea of "success" and "lifestyle".  We must return to using what The Lord gave us, and start being accountable to the next generation, even our communities!  The current "American Way" cannot continue as it has become the biggest obstacle to the economic progress of the people.  When we CONTINUALLY consume and NEVER produce, our resources become our downfall.  The only way that we can have any constancy will be to use our creativity, change the way we live and begin to "replenish the earth"!  This is not about environmentalism, this is about buiding a future for our children.  This is not about politics, this is about building a lasting residence for our families.  This is not about money, this is about creating a current that will allow our communites to survive.    

 

"Even in the age of Obama, racial inequality remains an acute and intractable problem and the forces of racial resentment, mingled with legitimate discontent over the goverment's abandonment of the middle class, infect American politics dow to the present day..." Quote from Why the Rich Are Getting Richer: American Politics and the Second Gilded Age by Robert C. Lieberman- Foreign Affairs (January/February 2011)

 

No more excuses can me made; In the beginning God said "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it..." , then The Lord said "...One's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."  The time has come for us to capitalize on the inadequacey and failure of Capitalism!  The times has come for us to take off our "cloaks of materialism" and put on the "mind of servanthood". The time has come for us to stop causing dilapidation and spark inspiration!  Continuing the ingurgitation of our own innovation will only lead to the constipation of our economic situation.

Resistance is Future...(Jas. 4:6-10)


Western Economic Meltdown


In the past people invested money & bought GOLD in GRAMS; Today people get in debt using credit to buy GOLDEN GRAHAMS.

 

 

 

 

 

The problem in America today does not start on the greed filled sidewalks of Wall Street.  The real problem starts with the veracious consumerism that plagues the minds & hearts of Main Street.  Americans have an insatiable appetite for: entertainment, junk food, fashion, hypocrisy, phoniness, chicanery, inadequacy, pointlessness, pollution, injustice, corruption, indifference, laissez-faire, and apathy.  When a human walks into a mega-center like Wal-mart that mind has been shifted into "Consumer mode".  The "Consumer mode" creates sterile, heartless and robotic environments.  Much like a Cargill feed lot, humans become converted into drones that have only one goal: to gorge themselves on widgets & gidgets and feasting on materialism.  This individualistic pursuit produces a habitual mindset that cannot easily be cast off.  This type of mindset infects our society, causing our children to sit like mindless lemmings in front of boxes and screens.  The Economic situation that America (and the West) finds itself in has its roots in the unbridled covetousness of its populous.

 

"Yet your eyes and your heart are nothing but your covetousness, For shedding innocent blood, And practicing oppression and violence." Jeremiah 22:17

 

"So they come to you as do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but thy do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain" Ezekiel 33:31

 

And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does NOT consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Luke 12:15

 

Economic sustainability cannot be the result of covetousness & hypocrisy. When we look to promote and advance our own "pursuit of happiness". We forget that there will be a consequence to our actions. We cannot look past the injustice, equality, destruction and oppression that our Western, American, Capitalist lifestyle perpetuates.  The truth, that we are the problem, should resonate through the hearts of every American.  Unfortunatley there is no way out of this mess UNLESS we abandon our own agendas & cultural habits; and submit our desires over to The Lord who creates True Peace. We had our chance, it seems as if the path of our societies redemption closed long ago…..RESISTANCE is FUTURE (Jas. 4:6-10)