I suspect that this latest tragedy in Connecticut – and all the other mass shootings, is the unavoidably inevitable result of a system that will steadfastly not guarantee all it’s citizens a good free education, birth to death healthcare, and fails to maintain and build on its once great manufacturing base thereby losing work for its citizens, but instead continues to squander it’s abundant riches on waging wars, building a larger and larger military – with all it’s ancillary trappings, in order to assert its hegemony – all the while creating an ever widening have and have-not society which breeds anger, ignorance, desperation, and the ultimate resulting violence – and the need to loudly proclaim “I exist, I am, look what a fearful thing I can do.”
The Statue of Liberty front shot, on Liberty Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am afraid that unless capitalism rights itself (when hell freezes over) this condition will only worsen – and lead to bigger and greater tragedies. If this sounds a bit like a wish for benign socialism then i am all for it. Of course, what we have now is socialism for the wealthy (see bank bailouts, allowance of corporate tax avoidance etc) – and bugger all for the peasants (the 98%) who gaze up at the palace walls with the deluded and discredited “American dream” that they too will one day be let inside.
And the ones driven to the extremes of sickness by all the systemic forces arrayed against them – who have given up the “dream” and who know they have no chance – will content themselves with making the kind of news that assures them of starring roles on television.
Having said that I do want to wish all of us a healthy, relatively happy and prosperous 2013. i send you all my love and affection.
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