It’s a tried and true romantic formula.
The young girl and boy fall in love. Perhaps they are poor or struggling. Time passes and the boy becomes complacent and passive in his hamster lot while the girl transforms into a socially and materialistically ambitious creature. She befriends a wide range of people and her life expands while the boy’s remains the same. Or retracts. Her world broadens. She is not the person she was one year ago; but the boy is. She tells him sadly, just before she leaves for the last time, “I’ve outgrown you.”
A sad tear-jerking state of affairs, indeed. But this old saga reminds me of a similar chain of estranged events that the American working middle-class finds themselves mired in over the last few decades. In our case, the blossoming girl who deserted us for golden pastures is American business. American business of yore, she loved us and we loved her in return. Our world was all we knew and it was a world that only spanned the Pacific to the Atlantic shores. Our dreams were small, our demands, simple. We sought peace of mind and stability and our aspirations were contained by a geographical state of mind. As the world shrunk, technology made it possible for us to intermingle halfway around the globe with others, and our dreams changed. Our shores could not contain our souls, but nevertheless our dreams and scope of reality remained limited by the two shores. However, the girl, the big business bitch, ventured beyond the oceans. She discovered other lands and cultures, and they satisfied her selfish lust equally well, if not more so.
She prospered because she could spread at will and leech profit from anywhere, but individually we are fixed beings, planted in one spot and globalism does not befit the physically insulated individual.
One of the key points from the MSNBC article linked, “Many U.S. Companies Are Hiring…Overseas,” was made in this paragraph:
A key factor behind this runaway international growth is the rise of the middle class in these emerging countries. By 2015, for the first time, the number of consumers in Asia’s middle class will equal those in Europe and North America combined.
Why yes, the middle class steadily grows in fledgling shitholes while our own, having been denied the fruits of its own labors by the burgeoning global corporatocracy, continues to shrivel. Globalism garners the world population into a singular mammoth work force which the multinationals can feed from like vultures. These former cesspools of geographical humanity, possessed of the worst standards of living and expectations ever, had everything to gain by joining the march to the rise of a new global middle class. They have nowhere to go but up. Meanwhile, the middle classes from areas that once enjoyed prosperity and comfort for most of the 20th Century, were called upon (ha, no, it’s more like “drafted”) by the corporate global forces to begin chipping in and sacrificing its well-being so poverty-stricken workers in other parts of the world might lift themselves up by their Incorporated bootstraps in the ostensible hopes of raising the human race and of course, providing an ever ballooning customer base for the global racketeers. Global business interests have inflicted upon Americans the greatest disguised social welfare program of all time. The middle class essence of our country has been gutted and distilled into a paper thin layer of prosperity coated across the globe and which, from the perspective of struggling economies, is the beacon of hope and wealth. India and other Asian countries find a swelling middle class growing in their bosom, and its genetic roots are born from American involuntary sacrifice.
In the article you will find that in spite of its misleading damning headline, it does not damn corporate globalism one bit. In fact, repeated references and case citations kindly make a case for globalism by pointing out the unmistakable reasons for business to take advantage of a global work force and customer base. The article even seems to insinuate we are fools for questioning the propriety of established corporate global motives. Not only do they illustrate reasons the girl has outgrown us, they demonstrate that there is no honor…in honor. Of Coca Cola, the article says, “…CEO Muhtar Kent often points out that a billion consumers will enter the middle class during the coming decade, mostly in Africa, China and India. He is aggressively targeting those markets.” Why of course, who can blame him? Who can blame him for taking the American capitalist ideal of unleashed growth, of bigger, bigger, bigger, while wielding it voraciously to hammer our national integrity to pieces. And the article concludes with an observation by Jeffrey Sachs, a “globalization expert and economist at Columbia University.” Sachs says, “We are not fulfilling the educational needs of our young people. In a globalized world, there are serious consequences to that.” That’s right, not only has the global corporatocracy made sure the global market drains all lifeblood from the American worker, it’s the American worker’s fault to begin with because we are scholastic failures. Judging by the human detritus issuing forth from MBA programs, I actually have a hard time arguing this point.
The battle is irreversible.
We are too far gone and too many institutions and power brokers are so deeply entrenched in this profit-producing monster that the only thing that might possibly disrupt their tenacious hold on the profit orgy they currently suck dry is a global catastrophe of cosmic scope.
Riots in the streets will be pounded down. Public opinion will be swayed and diverted by expert marketing campaigns of official and unofficial natures. The MSM, television, Hollywood, are all under the tutelage and control of the global oligarchs. Realizing their market is composed primarily of dull-minded sheep who are easily soothed and silenced by new phones and larger televisions and faster cars, they quiet potential fleets of detractors by feeding them the consumerist tit to put them out for the night. Meanwhile, they continue raping the aspirations of a sapped American middle class. How can this fight be won? In the “olden days,” it was a magnificent struggle merely to overcome a nation’s ruling class, a localized economic reign…but how do we possibly overthrow a global force which milks the adulation and gratitude from the entire global population? Once the downtrodden have been fed morsels of American prosperity, human nature dictates they will want more, and more. When the American middle class is at long last tapped out, then what, who next?