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Culture vultures?

January 18, 2010

Why do we keep producing people like the CEO’s of Goldman Sacks, J. C. Morgan-Chase, and AIG that have brought the global economy down on its knees and robbed millions of their jobs, lifetime savings, and homes without showing the slightest hint of  any remorse or empathy? Before them, there were the Enron CEO’s , and the S and L scandal people before that.

This doesn’t start and stop at our financial institutions. America keeps producing individuals like president Truman who committed the greatest act of terrorism of all time by nuking  the civilian population in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Robert McNamara who ordered carpet-bombing of a massive peasant population, and Henry Kissinger who was heavily involved in the massacres in Latin America in the seventies.

You may be thinking this is happening within the political and financial spheres. And this is a crule, and cut-throat culture. Think again. It doesn’t get any better when we venture into the American religious arena . It is an amalgam of superstition, ignorance, hatred, and personal status that override the moral high ground. Just listen to comment from  Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham,  Jerry Falwell, and  Jimmy Swaggart about Mohamed, or other people they don’t like.  

These people are not on the fringe of our society. And certainly they are not an aberration. For the most part, they were educated in America’s elite institutions and not in Madrasas in remote Afghani caves. People like that are considered successful models of what the best in our culture can produce.

 Have we ever stopped to look in the mirror? Have we even remotely asked ourselves why every president since WWII has waged a war for one reason or another (except for Jimmy Carter who armed the brutal ruling junta in Burma to the hilt so they could crush the domestic democracy movement)? All that with the full support of our élite media pundits and religious leaders.

One, conceivably,  can mount a defense for a counter argument.  One can even list plenty of individuals that  have been educated in Ivy league schools and have opposed all the atrocities I have mentioned ( people like Ralph Nader and Chris  Hedges). But then the question can be rephrased.  Why aren’t these people at the helm running America? Why do they systematically fail to make much of a dent in public attitude let alone public policy?

If the élite institutions in America produce people who  arguably commit crimes against humanity, and if  “democracy at its best”, as we’re told, can produce such individuals, then the flaw lies deeper than we may like to admit.

This should get any caring person deeply worried.

ekwaysan

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