This is not my traditional blog post - however I can only impose limitations on writing that pertain to the limitations of my thoughts - which I admit extend to sociopolitical affairs, in particular, since Canada is by and large affected by American politics (which affect economics, science, education, foreign policy and so forth by diffusion). The 2012 election in the US will affect us more profoundly than our own elections at home.
Historically, America has been the most powerful nation on earth, largely because of its high exports of services as well as its high consumption, which used to stimulate the economy. Now, because of the Federal Reserve diluting the American dollar by leveraging trillions of dollars in debt for the pursuit of a colonial American empire; the United States faces economic collapse. This concerns me for many reasons, least of the many being that my family's business depends on US and international business in order to thrive (or exist whatsoever). My main concern is for the earth as an interconnected global system. In the last real estate bubble created by Federal Reserve leveraging, the world was plunged into a recession that caused innumerable amounts of damage (well beyond the amount used in the 'War on Terror'). Some economists estimate the damage may be in the hundreds of trillions of dollars (lost wages, failed businesses, reneged investments etc).
The concern that I have is that the US domestic economic policy has not been changed whatsoever under the Obama administration. The funding for the stimulus package has only increased inflation (the PPI, I believe, was something like 12% with a 3-4% total price inflation in the US last year). The implications of this inflation are many:
- Technological progress is primarily driven by private investors, NOT government grants. Investors are less likely to be motivated when there is a smaller or poorer market; this having its own implications:
-> delay or lack of implementation of Moore's Law computation power, slowing the progress of genome and neurological informatics; artificial intelligence (which advances all fields of science); reducing (painstakingly further) the efficacy of medical systems and research facilities everywhere. It is important to take note, also, that scientific progress is associated with all the successes of modern civilization; whereas all the pitfalls are associated with the misuse of that technology (aggressive warfare; abuse of the electronic, economic free-market; cyber crime; pollution and mass extinction etc.) or a failure to implement it before the consequences it would have prevented come about.
-> Delay of production and implementation of exponential growth of nano-composite photovoltaics (solar panels and optic technology) - aggravating the energy issues in North America even further.
-> Delay in the creation of potentially transcendental metamaterials like Graphene
---> The delay of alternative energy research as a result of the two previous points increases the likelihood of aggressive wars in order to acquire resources such as oil (as History has shown - the US will invade ANYONE who poses a threat to their economic prosperity or resource base: Hawaii, Panama, Nicaragua, Iraq, Iran and so on - which means Canada may be threatened - with a substantial amount of oil and natural resources, as well as fresh water in the Great Lakes right next door for the plundering). Don't delude yourselves either; the US is only out for the US; every action they have ever taken with respect to foreign policy and economic regulation has been in self-interest.
In fact, during the Bush administration, civil liberties and the principles of the constitution were thrown away for martial law (The Patriot Act) - wherein a unilateral war under the umbrella of fabricated intelligence was waged; creating a global recession and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people (least of all American soldiers, who will likely become alcoholics or drug users to dilute their rampant PTSD [this is not in all cases of ptsd, but in a surprising amount]; or at the very least will be without a job or a home). Bush's term also held over 200 executive orders, the highest number in human history (executive orders were used to overrule congress - basically saying "fuck you I'm pres, get in line, or you're a gay communist), on issues such as:
- Order #13211: "Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use"
(Appeasement for oil lobbyists, the order was to determine if "environmental or other regulations would cause 'inordinate complications in energy production and supply.'") Meaning general environmental deregulation. The Natural Resources Defense Council attorneys described it as "oil companies putting words in the president's mouth."
- Order #13223: "Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation"
(Consolidation of authority)
- Order #13224: "Blocking property and prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism."
(Ability to blackball "terrorists" as defined by the State - freezing assets, seizing property)
- Order #13228: "Establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council"
(The creation of a secret police)
The list is rather lengthy, but the gist of it is that the US became a quasi-totalitarian State during Bush's term, and was dangerously close to tyranny by fairly strict definitions.
If the American government is willing to piss on the constitution and the graves of the founding fathers, rape the world economy, wage aggressive war, torture and imprison innocent people, and all under the Grace of God and Virtue of Patriotism, for the City on a Hilltop (All of these sentiments were embodied in Hitler's principle entitled Volksgemeinschaft) - then Canada is basically already an annexed state. If you live in Canada, it might be a good idea to start practicing: "I pledge obedience, to the flag..." Wait, is that how it goes?
- the reduction in globalization through rising gas and food prices (and thus, even poorer foreign policy; rioting and dissent in poorer countries; mass refugee migrations; instability; racism; militarism, and all the consequences associated with a food shortage).
-> We may have a less interconnected global society, reducing the efficacy of foreign policy and cooperation.
-> Globalization and decentralized information technology are the only true democratizing forces, and they are both threatened if another Bush gets elected (Mitt Romney is essentially a well-spoken mormon Bush, and he's ahead in the polls).
My point is that Americans have a responsibility to vote and to pay close attention to SPECIFIC CANDIDATES. Don't just vote republican BECAUSE you're republican, or democratic BECAUSE you're democratic. The American people are in a strange place. If you don't vote, and your country commits war crimes and dilutes your amendments and liberties, you are partly responsible. If you DO vote for a candidate that advances this agenda, you are also responsible. Unfortunately, there has not been a recent alternative to these two things. Instead of referencing accountability, or guilt, I would prefer to reference pride; patriotism (real patriotism, not the way it was used under Bush); moral consciousness; unity; liberty; justice, and all the amazing values that America began to represent when founded. The American people didn't commit these acts, their representatives did. So I leave the responsibility to Americans to take charge of their destinies, as he frontiersmen did a century ago. Reclaim your manifest destiny! Reclaim your liberty and prosperity! Reclaim the admiration of the world! Reclaim innovative and technological superiority! Reclaim your fucking self-respect!
We are teetering over a precipice, on one side, a technopia; wherein life expectancy stretches beyond death; art and culture flourish; ubiquitous emotional and physical well-being become the standard; the foundation of a unified global state that promotes human rights and the human cosmic destiny is born; where the deflation of industrialized costs of all goods through nano-technological fabrication breeds abundance and prosperity; where the united biosphere of Earth becomes united in diversity and vibrancy...
But below, in the depths of the abyss, lurks the promise of apocalypse; where nations consume each other for resources they never would have needed if they just advanced science to the next plateau (maybe 5 years of research before photovoltaics double in watts/$ of fossil fuels); cultural destruction (beyond it's already catastrophic decay - MTV - industrialized 'art'); racism and intolerance; mass extinctions of Earth's remaining species; unregulated biological weaponry running amok, killing millions; unregulated nanotechnological poisoning of the environment; global warming to the extent that low-lying lands will be flooded and destroyed, forcing millions of refugees into centers that can't support them, precluding riots, looting, destruction and destabilization....
I could go on for some time, but I will finish with a serious admonition: Your life may seem normal as it is, but if you live in the US in particular, things are bad. Worse than you can imagine, and if you don't take action as an American (by definition, historically, an American revolts when taxation of: health, environment, savings, land, culture, and reputation are enforced - without representation.), your country, and perhaps the world, will plunge into darkness.
You are being taxed without representation by your government and your corporations (especially the Federal Reserve and the private banks that benefit from the inflation of your savings). You really fucked up the past couple decades, this is basically your last chance, and even now it may be too late. Step up, vote, and for God sake, vote with deliberation and intent for real change. Put moral indignation for petty issues aside, and make your country as great as it's destiny once proclaimed. Or struggle and groan in ignorant and apathetic death throes.
(P.S. My personal advocacy goes out to Ron Paul, despite my "democratic profile" - first honest politician I've seen in a while, or at least a skullfully impassioned faker - he's like a highly intelligent grandpa who doesn't take shit and is actually willing to admit mistakes).