The System America is Trying to Sell All Over the World

If someone buys a car, would it not make sense to take it out for a drive first and perhaps even take it to a mechanic to look at it? Well it is the same with systems. If a particular system is being pushed, it is fair and even imperative, to pose some fundamental questions. For whom does this system really work? What kind of output, how much, of what quality and going to whom does the system produce, but, always, RELATIVE to what inputs it had to work with? What are real costs, micro and macro, short-run and long-run, of the forms of prosperity and poverty and in-between that the system produces? What kinds of trade-offs does the system produce and tolerate (e.g. guns and/vs butter)?

So if we are going to push “our” system on the rest of the world, and even invade or shock-an-awe those who resist all the advantages of “civilization” that we offer (Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, “Survivor”, “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” [un]”Reality” shows, Gladiator Sports, Lotto and Get-Rich-Quick Schemes, infomercials,  Botox, “The Biggest Loser Show” ) perhaps it is time for some new metrics of the state of the empire.

Talk a walk through some bookstores like Barnes and Nobel and see what is selling in terms of themes: a) get-rich-quick; b) dress and network for success; c) cults and occultism; d) gladiator sports; e) immortality and morality; f) staying, looking and feeling young; g) rise and fall of past empires and are we the “New Rome”?; h) 2012 and end times cults; i) celebrity gossip; j) how to win at Texas Hold-em and other forms of gambling; k) careers, study guides, condensed books and how to get academic degrees and/or start businesses quickly, cheaply and easily… Sounds somewhat like a bookstore might look like during the days of the fall of the Roman Empire.


About jimcraven10

About jimcraven10 1. Citizenship: Blackfoot, U.S. and Canadian; 2. Position: tenured Professor of Economics and Geography; Dept. Head, Economics; 3. Teaching, Consulting and Research experience: approx 40 + years all levels high school to post-doctoral U.S. Canada, Europe, China, India, Puerto Rico and parts of E. Asia; 4. Work past and present: U.S. Army 1963-66; Member: Veterans for Peace; former VVAW; Veterans for 9-11 Truth; Scholars for 9-11 Truth; Pilots for 9-11 Truth; World Association for Political Economy; Editorial Board International Critical Thought; 4.. U.S. Commercial-Instrument Pilot ; FAA Licensed Ground Instructor (Basic, Advanced, Instrument and Simulators); 5. Research Areas and Publications: International law (on genocide, rights of nations, war and war crimes); Imperialism (nature, history, logic, trajectories, mechanisms and effects); Economic Geography (time and space modeling in political economy; globalization--logic and effects; Political Economy and Geography of Imperialism); Indigenous versus non-Indigenous Law; Political Economy of Socialism and Socialist Construction; 6. Member, Editorial Board, "International Critical Thought" published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; International Advisory Board and Columnist 4th Media Group, (Beijing); 7. Other Websites publications at;;; 8.Biography available in: Marquis Who’s Who: in the World (16th-18th; 20th; 22nd -31st (2014) Editions); Who’s Who in America (51st-61st;63rd-68th(2014) Editions); Who’s Who in the West (24th- 27th Editions);Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (3rd to 6th, 8th, 11th (2011-2012) Editions); Who’s Who in Finance and Industry (29th to 37th Editions); Who’s Who in American Education (6th Edition). ------------------- There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e. the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state, to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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