It is time to start thinking about life in a post-capitalist America. We have already passed peak capitalism and are well into its late and final stages. Capitalism peaked in America in the 1950s and 1960s when it was possible to raise a family on a single income and when you could work a low-skilled job and still afford a home. Now the robber barrons have completely extracted what little wealth has remained and the working class are now forced to work 2 to 3 jobs to simply subsist. The working class make enough money to simply make ends meet, thereby living precious little for savings for retirement.
Since jobs are being automated at a frightening pace, the capitalist system is now totally and completely unsustainable. It is time to rethink the purpose of work and occupation. It is time to accept Socialism and strong health and welfare systems to help the working class. America needs to mirror other nations that have socialized, single-payer medical care. We need to make certain that every single person gets some form of government assistance that wants it. The notion of the welfare queen is a myth perpetrated by the wealthy, to keep us divided, and so that they do not pay taxes. A healthy America is a safer America.
If we were concerned about national security, then we would be concerned about the health and welfare of everyone, from the most vulnerable to the ones working hard but still unable to get ahead. Ask an Alaskan about rugged individualism and they will most likely proclaim you to be, well, full of shit. Alaskans understand intimately that we live for each other and help each other. An Alaskan will you give you the shirt off of their back, and when it’s your turn, you had best be there to help. Most Americans work very hard and pay taxes but they do not get the same loyalty in return fof what they show their country.
John F. Kennedy was wrong when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” We are not getting the same amount of loyalty for what we show. This is capitalism and it will continue to squeeze blood from a stone. But there is no more blood to be squeezed and the stones are starting to crumble. Capitalism has extracted all of the capital from the infrastructure. Our roads and bridges are crumbling. Our internet infrastructure, once the envy of the world, is againg in comparison to most of Europe, China, and Japan. You know America is in trouble when you hear no talks of high speed internet being guaranteed like the discussions in Europe that are starting.
The bottom line is the socialism is not the evil that our wealthy and elite would want us to believe. Our grandparents did not die fighting socialism; they died fighting authoritarian communism. Authoritarian communism could nominally be considered an oligarchy at best and at worst, kelptocratic. By kleptocratic, I mean the wholesale theft of resources by the elite and powerful. Some food for thought and I hope it is worth more than the ramen noodles I am facing eating or shopping at a food pantry.