Free - Beyond Collapse

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Winds of Change

As I read the daily media propaganda about how the economy is turning around I came across pictures of the vigil remembering Tiananmen Square. Hundreds of thousands of people involved in peaceful candlelight vigils all across China. I was, myself, in college at the time and was moved, then as I am now, for people who have the courage to risk their own lives to stand up for their freedom. John Lennon came to mind as I thought about our moment in history. I thought if only someone like John Lennon was here he would have been talking about Revolution and change and maybe got people moving to really change things. Where is “our” John Lennon? Where is our generation leader? A voice and force of personality that inspires millions into action. Whoever you are…We need you more than ever.

I have no doubt that the government is not being straight with us. The economy is in much worse shape than they are saying. I truly believe the Greatest Depression the world has ever seen is imminent. What I am most dismayed about is how so many people will be caught by surprise because of the lack of information that the masses are receiving. So many people relying on the media and government to inform them on a topic that both never even saw coming. That being said it is very easy to lose sight of the positive that can result from such a change. For those who have read between the lines and prepared, a new beginning awaits.

When the dust settles and the horizon comes into focus the work of rebuilding our societies will begin. Will we miss the rat race when it has all but vanished from our memory? I think not. The winds of change are indeed growing. Societies across the globe are on the verge of major change. Can you feel it? The Chinese have a saying “May you live in interesting times”. Well if these aren’t interesting times, I don’t know what is.

Capitalism has failed, and Communism has failed. However, our Governments are trying to keep the status quo at all costs with bailouts of the rich with the hard-earned money of the working class, imprisoning our children with debt before they are born. It is time to shake the shackles of humanity for real freedom. Not the freedom of the subjugation of the indebted masses to the ruling lenders but a real freedom to pursue humanities dreams of a better tomorrow for its children.

Change is coming and the ride will be rough. It is time to prepare for the coming collapse, but what will emerge will be far better than what is current. The Heroin addict must endure the agony of withdrawal if he is to regain his health of mind, body and soul and so shall we.


  1. Capitalism didn't fail. In fact it has produced more prosperity for more people around the world than any other single force in the history of our species on this planet. Social engineering to reach equality of out come hs failed and will always fail. That is the nature of the beast. There is no free lunch or socialist utopia never has been and never will be.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with the individual commenting above!! Capitalism hasn't failed! If you look at the situation honestly, you will see that the very regulations that government placed on a free market was the thing that began this debacle to begin with. A free market will always find equilibrium over time because the people will always venture to the "better deal" this causes industry to refine their products, cheapen their prices, etc. in order to provide the "better deal". When the government steps in and declares to the banking industry for example that they should give out loans to people who obviously could not pay for them and that the government would back the loans(see directive given by Bill CLinton and earlier by Jimmy Carter), this creates an opportunity for people to capitalize on a market and make money that the market would never have allowed to exist. Our government has failed and is failing now with the tremendous amount of spending that is taking place on the hill. That is the truth and needs to be discussed not that capitalism has failed. Have a great day!

  3. Unbridled capitalism has failed and will always fail anywhere else. History can attest to that. Democratic Socialism is not social engineering nor is it finding equality for all. It simply means Social Justice. Average humans understand and appreciate rich people. They know they have especial qaulities like extraordinary drive, focus and energy etc. People will never be equal, period. What the average human being cannot understand is bottomless greed on the part of some. Wealth is finite. Deregulation caused this financial meltdown and Capitalism is not the only reason for human progess. Human labor, entrepreneurship, science and art have contributed as much to modern living.

  4. The Free Market fundamentalists will never concede the inherent flaws of free enterprise - even when it presents itself as clearly as it has in the current crisis. Conveniently ignoring the fact that the crash was manifest in the seventh year of Republican rule, they love to blame it on Clinton - as if Clinton was anything but a champion of the free enterprise right. Clinton accelerated deregulation. Clinton gutted social services. Clinton made free trade a bipartisan mandate. Clinton did virtually everything the free marketeers wanted him to do and Bush forwarded the cause. Bush pimped home ownership for all in at least two state of the union addresses. Bush ignored all signs of the impending implosion in the housing market. Bush put Wall Street profiteers in charge of regulatory agencies. Bush encouraged the consolidation of wealth. On and on. Yes, this economy is unstable and it is a failure of unbridled capitalism. It is ironic that the government had to mortgage the nation's future to rescue the pillars of finance and prevent a total collapse of the system.

    Where I disagree with the author is that I believe we have avoided for now the very real possibility of a Great Depression. The economy is now built on a mountain of debt and our leaders appear determined to go back to the smoke and mirror economics that brought us to the brink of absolute disaster but the crisis is receding. China and India will not bite the hand that feeds them so the system will survive to face the consequences of irresponsibility and greed somewhere down the road.

    My hope is that we will evolve into a more socially responsible economy. My hope is we will address the core problems of global free trade (sans labor and environment), oil dependency, consolidation of wealth, stringent regulation of financial institutions, national health care, labor protection and universal employment via public works before it is too late.

    Jack Random