What’s Going on in the U.S? Let Me Tell You.

Encouraged by Barack Obama’s orgy of apologies that reached orgasmic proportions during his misguided Tango-tainted tour of Havana last week, some “important” world leaders and even some American businessmen with global markets have been issuing pious alarms about what’s going in the U.S.

Before answering them, let’s be clear about what Obama is up to. In my play, What’s It All About Albee?, I had a hero characterize a collectivist movement which Obama now heads:

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Ben

Alma, having one person produce something and having another person decide what to do with it has a name, and, by the way, the name isn’t (quoting from Plan by memory) “sociocapital interorganics”.

Alma

What is it, then?

Ben

Slavery.

Alma

Oh Ben, that’s prehistoric.

Ben

Is it?  I’ll grant you no one wants to be a slave, but there are many among us, right now, who’d love to have one.  And one way of producing a supply is to create a sense of philosophical, cultural and linguistic chaos which makes its disoriented victims fair game.  Don’t you see the common purpose behind it all? Whether through linguistic debasement, mystical obsession or aesthetic nihilism, they relentlessly promote incomprehensibility and intellectual chaos as values.  And for them, they are!  They pave the way to control.

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Obama’s Cuban comments about the irrelevance of labeling communism and capitalism is a classic example of this effort to confuse, to control, and curry favor with those who prefer to complain rather than to compete.

Now as to what the U.S. is up to. In view of the role of the U.S. in the saving and reconstruction of post-WWII Europe, these queries could be dismissed by Jack Nicolson’s line in A Few Good Men: “I’d rather you just say, ‘thank you.’”

Taking the question seriously, we might well reply that in a free environment, free-speech dedicated contest, the U.S. is engaged in free and robust debate about the future of the country, which shows every sign of having one.

By the way, the more serious threat to this wholesome situation is not the excessive patriotic zeal and bluster of Mr. Trump but rather the odious philosophical premises of Barack Obama and his irritating harridan would-be successor, Hillary “Old-Car Smell” Clinton.

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 27, 2016 at 11:45am

having one person produce something and having another person decide what to do with it has a name

So if a guy working in a factory produces something but the company's owner decides where to sell it, that's slavery?

Comment by nerd cred on March 27, 2016 at 12:26pm

Funny, I was going to say almost exactly what kosh did.

Comment by Gordon Osmond on March 27, 2016 at 12:51pm

The worker is paid for his/her contribution to the final product, which is then the property of the company's owner, who provided the job in the first place. Doesn't seem that difficult a concept to me. At this point, the owner is "out" his costs and the last thing he/she needs is some socialist deciding that it's suddenly the state's product.

Comment by nerd cred on March 27, 2016 at 1:14pm

Ah - you left out that part originally, Gordon. Paid. Even in a fully communist economy with the state owning the means of production workers get paid something, right? So NOT slavery.

Where is there a system where the production of a private owner is owned by the state? I'm not that good at economics but I don't think I've ever heard of such a system.

As I said above ... but that, owner provided the job thing - without workers where would the owner be? i.e. what would the owner produce? Not to mention without the buyers of the product. Isn't it just a matter of ideology as to who has the most right to the profits? In reality, the worker is more key to production than the owner and the buyer more key to profit. The owner - not as significant a contributor.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 27, 2016 at 2:01pm

Oh, so the first issue is the definition of "produce." If a worker builds something in a factory (or in any facility, even his/her own home, for an owner, the worker who produced the product is not defined as having produced the product. The owner is defined as having produced the product. 

Well, if we're going to define the owner as having produced the product and the government nationalizes the company, the government is now the owner and, by your definition, the government now produces the product. 

But that's an academic point, because you don't have evidence that President Obama has been in favor of nationalizing anything. That's just a smear. You might be able to make a case about GM except that the government in that case only took it over to get it out of financial trouble, then re-privatized it. 

Forgetting the current President for a moment, being as he's less radical than most of the Republicans currently running for President. Even Bernie Sanders The Dreaded Communist hasn't come out in favor of nationalizing anything. 

So, your point about the ethics of nationalizing companies is all well and good. All that's missing is someone in American government who actually wants to nationalize anything who has the power to actually do that, and you'd have trouble finding anyone in American government who wants to do that. 

Nationalizing companies is your current version of flag burning. A few years ago, there was a huge flap about legislation preventing flag burning. Not that anyone cited any examples of anyone in the United States burning flags in anger in recent years. I say "in anger" because the prescribed way to retire a warn-out damaged American flag is to, with respect, burn it. In other words, the flap was another huge one about addressing an infinitessimal to nonexistent problem because it excites people. You know

Burning flags
Voter fraud
Fourth trimester abortions to sell organs
Transsexuals embarrassing the living crap out of women in public restrooms
Sharia law being instituted as civil law somewhere in the United States

There will be another one soon, There always is. Unlike flag burnings, most of the others involve solutions that hurt way more people (and more badly) than the policies they're trying to replace. 

Comment by nerd cred on March 27, 2016 at 9:17pm

annndd... fizzle

Comment by Gordon Osmond on March 28, 2016 at 4:38am

" In reality, the worker is more key to production than the owner and the buyer more key to profit. The owner - not as significant a contributor."

I can't imagine a more revealing statement of the irrationality of the collectivist ethic. It ignores the fact that without the owner, the worker would have no job and the buyer would have nothing to buy.

In a free economy all three work in harmony. Once the state intervenes, the balance is disturbed  The greater the degree of intervention, the worse it is for the economy as evidenced by the dismal record of socialism around the globe. And yet power-hungry politicians, who contribute nothing of real value, seem determined to drag the U.S. down that dusty road.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 28, 2016 at 5:42am
"Once the state intervenes, the balance is disturbed. The greater the degree of intervention, the worse it is for the economy..."


Bullshit. That's an assumption people haven't actually looked at. Well, most people:

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/regulation-is-good-for-busi...

I have a few posts on this topic. However, regulated capitalism is absolutely more efficient than unregulated capitalism. Leaving capitalusm unregulated is like buying a Ferrari and saying it will Run better in the long run if you don't take it to a mechanic.
Comment by koshersalaami on March 28, 2016 at 6:05am

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