Terrified when thinking about our Future

Grant Peterson By Grant Peterson, 11th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/sdxp7bnj/
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Despite the claims that the economy is improving there is much to fear for those that live below the poverty line in the United States. For those unemployed, underemployed, living on welfare the future seems very stark indeed.

Terrified!

The words of a 28 year old former US serviceman after he returned from Iraq:

    "I am truly terrified when I think about our future"

So he should be because this world today faces economic ruin, a ruin that few are able to recognize, particularly those in positions of power. Worse still this disease is not limited to the United States but is reflected across each of the leading capitalist nations on the planet. The disease is one where the economy, which is supposedly advancing is actually leaving behind many of the lower segments of our society.

This serviceman went to fight a war in the middle-east and has at some point come to a realization that his efforts were for nothing and upon coming home and leaving the forces that have been his home for nearly ten years has a right to be terrified for the future of mankind, because there is a whole tier that are being cast aside as the economy is split between the haves and the have-nots, with the latter being entirely forgotten.

Leaving the army he found work as a laborer, a carpenter, a driver, but nothing that utilizes his computer training in the services, truth is no-one in industry cares about those skills he learned during the early days of his service years, but again industry has so many people with any type of skill you care to mention and they have hundreds applying for each and every job that is ever advertised. Getting a good job is a lottery, irrespective of your skills. We should all be terrified for a world that does not care.

Scared

People are scared, scared about a future that does not care about them. Most people want to live their lives in freedom, raise their children, be happy and live more comfortably today than they did yesterday, instead all too many do not know whether they can afford to pay their next rent or mortgage check. All they see is their standard of living going downhill rather than showing any signs of improvement.

According to the US Department of Commerce "the real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014" yet in truth few at the bottom of the economy are seeing any of that percentage rise, they have every reason to be very scared about the state of the economy.

According to Chris Hedges there has been "a failure of the liberal class over the past three decades to protect the minimal interests of the working and middle class as corporations dismantled the democratic state", in reality though the liberal class is incapable of protecting the needs of the working class in our society because they stand aloof with different goals and aims, but they consider themselves as having a say because they are thinking peoples.

Needs of the Working Class

Truth is the Liberal Class will NEVER share the interests of the working class, other then for brief fleeting moments because they do not suffer the poverty and inequality that the working class suffer each and every day of their lives. The needs of the working class are very different to that of the Liberal classes, yet at the same time workers are able to be educated about their rights.yet they and they alone suffer the worst economic brutality that the capitalist system has to offer.

If you look back to to start of the recession in 2008 we can clearly see the scale of ineptitude of finance capital, who stood at the precipice and nearly brought ruin the whole US economy, and today the position of the average American is declining. The rise in GDP reported gives the impression that the economy is improving, yet at the same time, according to Core Logic, there are 48,000 homes per month being foreclosed upon and 5% of mortgages were seriously delinquent, clearly signs of an economy that is faltering rather than moving forwards.

The working class need stability, they needs real jobs - that is jobs that are long-term rather than temporary in nature. Officially unemployment rates have reduced to 5.8% but this figure does not include all the jobless and certainly fails to take into consideration hundreds of thousands that are on welfare and the homeless. There are 1.7 million homeless in the US today and 31 million live in poverty, statistics that condemn America - that land of the world's richest and poorest people.

$15 per hour Minimum Wage

There was wide furor in the Capitalist press with the passing of the $15 per hour minimum wage for all city workers, thanks to the efforts of Socialist City Councilman Kshama Sawant yet this only applies to city workers and not working people across the city of Seattle. Truth is though there are plenty of people that take poverty wages across the USA in order just to survive and all too many are merely surviving a condemnation for a system that is failing.

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Economy Split, Future, Future Of Mankind, Minimum Wage, Socialist, System That Is Failing, Usa

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Dec 2014 (#)

We are indeed poised upon the cusp of a bleak future. Great article Grant. Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
12th Dec 2014 (#)

Am I allowed to express a tiny amount of astonishment at the fact that this well-argued and presented article has not been awarded a star?

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author avatar Grant Peterson
12th Dec 2014 (#)

I don't worry about that John - to me the importance is getting the message out and have people start to think twice.

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author avatar Papa KyKy
12th Dec 2014 (#)

We are watching the death of Capitalism before our eyes. It had a stroke in 2008 and has been on life support ever since.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
12th Dec 2014 (#)

Trouble with capitalism though is that we have to decide to kill it and replace it otherwise it will rise again.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar tafmona
12th Dec 2014 (#)

a very nice post here, thanks for sharing

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author avatar Grant Peterson
12th Dec 2014 (#)

Fern and Tafmona - I thank you for your support.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Dec 2014 (#)

The semblance of stability in a job is a thing of the past; then how can people plan a family? Thought provoking, Grant - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th Dec 2014 (#)

Frightening indeed, unless we revert(or take up) to sustainable living.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Right now there is no guarantee of any kind of stability in our society. The US, Canada, UK and other countries are claiming that their economies are moving forwards, but the advances are very fragile indeed and are as likely to collapse again as they are to advance.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
24th Dec 2014 (#)

Ptrikha, this is not merely about sustainable living but about changing the type of society we live in to one that focuses on the needs of humanity rather than profit.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
31st Dec 2014 (#)

It terrifies me as well. Happy thoughts concerning a better future and a Happy New Year to you!

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author avatar blainsmommy
12th Jan 2015 (#)

i agree

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