The Looming Collapse Of Social Order
By James Donahue
The first signs of a breakdown of social order in the United States have begun to make themselves
known. Actually there has been trouble brewing for decades as the nation’s infrastructure has been falling into disrepair
faster than cities, counties, states and the federal governments have been doling out the badly needed money for their repair.
Instead of building high speed rail systems, America has been tearing up tracks and allowing its antiquated railroads, public
bus system and even its airlines to fall into a form of decay.
Our education system has lost its gleam. Student test scores no longer rate among the highest in the
world. College students are plunging deep into debt just to pay the high cost of books, tuition and the cost of living in
rented rooms on or near campus.
Our health system is failing to provide for the needs of the people.
Instead of investing our tax dollars into the things that Americans perceive as important, our elected
"leaders" have chosen to maintain unnecessary wars in foreign lands, squandering billions of dollars to maintain a costly
military industrial machine that is no longer necessary. We have allowed big corporations to outsource American jobs to overseas
markets in a quest for cheap non-union labor. We have allowed the Federal Reserve, a private banking cartel, to control the
nation’s money supply which has led to an imbalance in wealth. The national debt has plunged to multi-trillions of dollars
since the staged attack on 9-11.
We have ignored the warnings that a buildup of carbon dioxide in the air is causing a warming of the
planet, which in turn, is bringing on dramatic weather changes that will have a devastating effect on farm crops, the nation’s
health and welfare, and perhaps the future of all life on Earth. Now, even as some of those so-called "experts" still argue
over the reality of "global warming" on our television screens, the impact of our warming planet is becoming reality. The
great storms, heavy rains, severe droughts, extreme heat and harsh winter weather are now upon us. Trees are falling on those
old, worn utility lines leaving millions without power for weeks. Fine homes are being destroyed by wild fires, great wind
storms and floods.
We have allowed coal, oil and gas companies to continue to mine, drill and now use a new chemical
system of "fracking" deep in the earth for new reserves. In doing so we are allowing the poisoning of our subterranean water
More and more Americans are losing their jobs, running out of government assistance, defaulting on
their home mortgages, and ending up homeless and on the street. Republican politicians are campaigning this year on making
extreme cuts in federal spending to "balance" the federal budget. Their agenda calls for slashes in food stamps, unemployment
assistance, infrastructure construction and revenue sharing to states and county governments. Key provisions for retired seniors
like Social Security and Medicare also are threatened. The only thing that seems to remain assured is continued support for
the military and an ongoing low tax rate for the few that control the wealth.
In recent weeks we have been hearing stories of cities that are going bankrupt because they are deep
in debt, they have lost their credit ratings, and they are unable to pay city workers for public services. This is threatening
the jobs of police, fire fighters, the public works workers who pick up the garbage, and maintain the streets, sewer and water
Schools are going broke. They are laying off teachers, doubling up classes, closing down buildings,
reducing school curriculums and struggling to operate on less.
Local citizens are in no position to pick up the slack. Schools and local communities operate largely
on property tax revenues. And tax payments are based on the cash value of the real estate. As home values plummet, the amount
of tax money collected from home and property owners falls. The homeless and jobless pay no tax whatsoever.
We are witnessing a domino effect. The complex social order that has existed in the United States
and abroad for years is crumbling. If we don’t come up with some way to put the brakes on this problem, we could be
rushing toward a complete breakdown of the social order that has kept us safe and secure.
Imagine attempting to carry on without police and fire protection, with no running water or electricity
in our homes, no food in the stores to buy, and no money to buy food if we could find it. There would be no gasoline with
which to operate our cars and trucks. No fuel to heat our homes during the winter months. Nowhere to escape the scorching
heat in the summer. We would be living a Mad Max scenario. Without forming protective armed gangs and building fortifications
against marauders, we would not be safe. Life would be harsh.
Is this all happening because of reckless greed among the few who control the power and the wealth
of the world? Or is this part of a master plan? And if the latter, why would they want to make such drastic changes to our
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