Thus far, two different people, hearing the sentiments I expressed in my last post, jumped to the conclusion that I was talking about one particular deviant act. I had at least four separate ones in mind. This should probably be disturbing. But I’m probably behind the times; everyone else probably stopped being appalled at the other ones years ago. Personally, I’m about ready to wish that Judaism had a monastic tradition.
Here is more elucidation of the nature of bureaucracy, which I wrote about some time ago.
Because I have, in recent months, lacked the energy for much intellectual rigor, I have avoided reading much “decline of the West” literature, but this one did slip through my filters and I have been meaning to share it:
Have the American people outlived their usefulness to the rich minority in the United States? A number of trends suggest that the answer may be yes….
In North America and Europe, the economic elite agreed to this bargain because they needed ordinary people as consumers and soldiers. Without mass consumption, the factories in which the rich invested would grind to a halt. Without universal conscription in the world wars, and selective conscription during the Cold War, the U.S. and its allies might have failed to defeat totalitarian empires that would have created a world order hostile to a market economy.
Globalization has eliminated the first reason for the rich to continue supporting this bargain at the nation-state level, while the privatization of the military threatens the other rationale.
The offshoring of industrial production means that many American investors and corporate managers no longer need an American workforce in order to prosper. They can enjoy their stream of profits from factories in China while shutting down factories in the U.S. And if Chinese workers have the impertinence to demand higher wages, American corporations can find low-wage labor in other countries.
We are likely seeing the death of capitalism, though not in the way that the Left hoped. It seems that Western man, having wielded the ingenuity and industriousness to create modern technology and infrastructure, has rendered himself obsolete. Just as our governments are intent on electing a new citizenry, our corporations are intent on electing new customers.