Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:23

Is the USA destined to fall?

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COLLAPSING EMPIRES LEADERS SEEM CHARMED AND DO NOT DO THE RIGHT THINGS!

Ozodi Osuji

Have you noticed that the rulers of America do not see the obvious solutions to their society's problems? Instead, they keep compounding their problems. It is as if they are under a spell and are charmed and cannot see the rottenness in their world; it is like someone deliberately placed a scale over their eyes and they cannot see properly.

The USA had its problems in the past but made some halfhearted attempts to correct them, such as the civil rights movement that gave African Americans the right to vote. Women were also given the vote.

The 1960s America made useful efforts to reinvent America and transform it to what one might call a humane society; the resultant society was not perfect (there is no perfect country anywhere on planet earth) but it was a good start.

Then come President Ronald Reagan and the Republicans. To them the 1960s reforms were unnecessary; there was nothing wrong with America. These folks tried to roll back the clock.

Indeed, as we speak states controlled by Republican legislatures and governors are passing laws requiring black folks to have government issued identification cards before they can vote, and they did this because they discovered that many black folks do not have such Ids.

In the past they had other vote denying requirements such as requiring the ability to read, passing examinations when black folks could not read or write, and payment of poll taxes.

Last month, the Republicans passed a massive tax cut for the super-rich, not for the poor or middle class but the rich. The rich are called job creators so, as it were, they should not pay taxes to generate the money with which government is run; the poor and middle class who supposedly do not create jobs should pay the taxes to run the governments, that is the idea.

This way, America is producing a group of super rich; about ten percent of the population owns as much as the other ninety percent of the population.

This lopsided redistribution of wealth obviously is resented by the masses. Sooner or later, the masses will remove the scales placed over their eyes and begin to vote according to their interests; at present they vote against what is good for them.

Poor Americans will in time learn that they are exploited. The American worker is the most screwed human being on planet it; he is so exploited that he does not even know that he is exploited.

It is almost as if the American worker is not a human being and does not know what is in his self-interest; he seems incapable of thinking; it would not be farfetched to see the American worker as a sub human being?

But in time the sand in his eyes will fall off and he will struggle for equity in society; when that happens, he will surely work to destroy the rule of the plutocrats that currently take all the wealth and leave the masses empty handed.

Clearly, what America needs is a social democracy, as in Scandinavia. The public needs to pay for public education at all levels, university and technical schools included, and pay for health insurance for all citizens and do few other things for the people and then leave them to fend for themselves.

Capitalism is the most productive economy there is but it works to the benefit of a few and to the detriment of the many. Therefore, the public sector, much as we know that it takes ten bureaucrats to change a light bulb, is necessary; certain nothings must be done by the public-sector.

We need mixed economic system all over the world for the good of all the people.

These obvious needs that most people can easily see the rulers of America do not see; it is as if they are under a spell and must do what would inevitably lead to revolt and collapse of the country.

America's oppression and unnecessary imprisonment of black Americans (for trivial matters, such as possessing a drug they are given long prison sentences) is embittering the black population. This means that when the push comes from outside the country from the inside the oppressed masses will rise up and tear up the corrupt, oppressive political system.

Because what needs to be done to make America  function smoothly is self-evident and the rulers of America do not do them I came to the conclusion that they are under some kind of spell and must do the exploitative things they do so that the country eventually decline and fall.

It is as if the universe does not want any empire to last for more than five hundred years before it collapses and is replaced by others.

The USA is coming to the five hundred years mark (1607-2107); perhaps, she is meant to collapse so that she is replaced by China?

Maybe this century is going to be the Asian century (China, India and Japan are going to become the three largest economies soon).

May be we live in a tragic-comedic world where things were designed for us to go up and then come down.

Since the Second World War the USA has been up; may be it is inevitable for her to come down. You never know the forces at work in human history.

Having said so, one would like America to hang around much longer, but one is not in the business of sentimentalism; one is not a political idealist but a political realist.

The sense of realism tells one that the powerful always exploit the weak and that the weak in time rebel and destroy the powerful and the whole thing begins afresh elsewhere.

Romans exploited Germans and Germans destroyed Rome. If they had not exploited Germans Rome probably would have lasted for, at least, another five hundred years. I am now engaging in wishful, magical thinking and ought to not go there and accept things as they are. In that light, may be the USA is destined to fall?

How else do we explain America's leaders' stupidity, not doing the right things, such as treating its entire people decently?

Ozodi Osuji

January 2, 2018

www.centerformindscience.org

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176