Fear and Greed drive the markets...and America
Despite the proponents of "...liberty and justice for all", America remains a nation motivated by the two powerful human emotions of fear and greed. I feel that for America to move forward and progress towards a better society, she must learn to rid herself of these two emotions and replace them with the ideals that she holds dear.
Let's seperate fear and greed from facts:
Fear and Greed (emotion): "let's arm our CITIZENS so that we can protect ourselves from baddies and be stronger than our neighbour to gain more property".
Fact: Any society that allows the arming of its citizens suffers far more homecide, and firearms related violence.
Fear and Greed (emotion): "Taxes are bad because If I work, I should be able to spend ALL of my money how I want. Charity will take care of our sick, elderly and poor.
Fact: Charity will never be able to replace the state as the supplier of basic human needs to the unfortunate Minority who depend on handouts. Let alone health care, education, defence etc... Greed will blind clear thinking in this regard.
Fear and Greed (emotion): The rest of the world is screwed, so lets protect ourselves from their ideals. Only America is truly modern and advanced.
Fact: Many countries on this earth enjoy an equal or higher standard of living and GDP per capita, enjoy greater freedoms, have better social services, and are definately better educated than America. Many of their political systems are more efficient.
Fact: America is primarily where it is today because of a few simple reasons.
1/. WW2 allowed America to gain much by spending very little.
2/. Geography and a large population base allowed her to build a strong labour force in relative peace in the 20th century.
3/. America was at least formed with noble intentions, through a democratic constitutional republic.
Fact: The biggest threat for America is herself - not foreign countries. America has a cancer called "Greed and Fear", it has caused economic melt down, social services in disrepair, armed citizens willing to kill eachother, and perhaps worst of all... Ignorance (which is fed by a free, but selective and popularity driven media stream.
I have tried to be constructive here, I am sorry if I have offended any of you.