“…Evermore apparent too, is the realization that not only are our salaries, standards of living, and expectations being globally harmonized downward, but our individual rights are as well. Through passage of legislation like The Patriot and Military Commissions Acts all Americans will soon share the same low standard of civil liberties as the rest of the world…”
Maintaining the Status Quo: the Globalization of America’s Two-Party System
By Si Contino
As printed in The Bucks County Courier Times
Since 1993, when President Clinton established the first free trade agreement, a defacto single-party political system has controlled America.
Successfully propagating throughout both the Republican and Democratic parties, (and subjugating their left/right liberal/conservative ideologies), Americas’ politics are being dominated by a pseudo-theology of laissez-faire Globalism.
Comprised of intelligentsia from politics, business, academia, and mainstream media; this coterie of elite Americans advances a political agenda which makes ascendant the global best-interest and welfare, almost exclusively.
The implications of a globalized American two-party political system and its negative impact on the American people, especially her working-class, are best understood this way.
America’s cultural elite, (those in business, education, the media and politics), have a greater affinity with foreign born wealth than they do with the average working-class American. They are each others peers. They attend the same schools; travel in the same social circles and hold memberships in the same prominent organizations.
Additionally, they share a mutual self-interest in being free from the political and economic oversight of people of inferior intellect and sophistication – people who aren’t really, well…like them.
Globalization, and its related free trade agreements, has allowed these elite Americans to disconnect themselves, and their corporate interests, from the economic destiny of America and her citizenry. Moreover, it’s afforded this select group the opportunity of working in their own economic self-interests – beyond any national, political or patriotic loyalty; and devoid of any civic or social consequence. It’s also at the heart of what some have coined: “America’s Broken Government”.
However, our government isn’t really broken. You see… it’s just working in the best interest of a certain class of people – a global class of people – American and non-American alike.
Evermore apparent too, is the realization that not only are our salaries, standards of living, and expectations being globally harmonized downward, but our individual rights are as well. Through passage of legislation like The Patriot and Military Commissions Acts all Americans will soon share the same low standard of civil liberties as the rest of the world.
This may offer a valuable yet unforeseen benefit, however, as one day in the not too distant future, an entire socioeconomic class of Americans, those whose skill sets aren’t valued in America’s new global economy, (including perhaps your children or grandchildren), may be encouraged to emigrate from this great nation to seek a future elsewhere. Just like Irish… during Ireland’s great potato famine.
I should also like to touch upon the proposed solution to our current economic conundrum vis-à-vis globalization: The canard of higher education.
Personally, I have nothing against higher education. In fact, I believe the pursuit of cognitive enlightenment should be lauded. However, the establishment has already begun to chant their caste-centric mantra: “Working-class Americans can only regain their lost standard of living through higher education.”
That said, I would remind you that the jobs that have been intentionally exported to the third-world were not off-shored, for the most part, to the educated peoples of the world. They were, in truth, off-shored to the uneducated – in countries like: China, Mexico, Honduras, etc. Furthermore, those jobs were exported for one reason and one reason only: increased profits – as people in those countries work for far less money than do Americans.
In fact, the exportation of those jobs was not only sanctioned but facilitated by our government’s free trade agreements. Even still; educated workers with advanced degrees are pouring into our country through programs like the H1B visa program.
Higher education, however, does serve one very important function within the education canard. It’s the mechanism that will be used to distract America’s working-class from the true cause of their latest economic vexation.
Like mice in a wheel the working-class will keep trying to obtain a goal, education, which is almost assuredly unattainable. Unattainable that is… if they’re middle-aged; or married; or have children; or just can’t earn enough – from working numerous low paying jobs – to maintain their subsistence.
Moreover, education is likely to become the instrument used to bludgeon, through blunt force trauma, the psyche of displaced American workers. The message: Working American’s don’t have what it takes to earn a decent standard of living in today’s new world order… that’s just the way it is.
About the author
Si Contino has been a lifelong resident of Bucks County; is married and the father of two adult children. After pursuing undergraduate studies in the 1970’s, he acted in various capacities within the corporate setting, including owning and operating his own business.
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