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First it was your employer (corporations).  Now the elite universities are offshoring.  While we hate and attack each other, America is being sold right out from under its middle class.

First the corporations went offshore (for cheaper workers).
Now the best schools are going offshore (for fat endowments).
At this pace, here is my harrowing vision of the future: China and India become the U.S. But the U.S. becomes Latin America.

Welcome to the 3rd World!

And as long as you borrow and consume, you can't stop them.

And that's why I believe the answer to this loss/theft/transfer of the U.S. middle class -- is a United States workers' strike against consumption. I know it sounds insane. So much so that a friend said, "These people won't get up off the couch to vote! Now you're telling them to give up their snowmobiles." (We live in Montana.)

But at this point withholding consumption seems the only collective bargaining tool the American worker, his family, and his children have left. The U.S. economy is 2/3 consumption. If workers and their familes would merely withhold non-essential consumption, we might still be able to take back this country from the corporations -- before it's gone for all but its very richest citizens.

Today, our most profitable corporations, elite schools, and private capital are financing their side of this transfer with profits from our current-day, mostly debt-driven consumption. But the American consumer is tapped and corporations and the wealthy elite's only hope for continued excessive profit is to "develop" foreign markets. Did your income increase 23% last year? Mine didn't. Theirs did.

But the development of China and India is not so much development as it is a transfer:

First they profited as we buried ourselves in debt and trade deficits, chasing the American Dream: Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Madison Avenue, etc., etc., etc.

Then they transferred production outside the U.S.; cut and stagnated U.S. workers' wages; and broke our (collective bargaining power) unions.

Now the elites of our country are tranferring our educational system overseas, replacing the U.S. middle class with a new one -- only there.

And why do we let them get away with it? Because our leaders (e.g. Shrub) wrap themselves in the Flag, convincing one half of the U.S. voting population that the other half is sick and diseased, simply because it believes in human, consumer, gay, and reproductive rights!

But there remains hope. Today, these foreign markets aren't large enough to sustain this assett transfer. But in five or ten years they likely will be. And then it will be too late.

The answer is regulation. The answer is responsive (to the people) and responsible "social" democracy.

Socialism is not synonymous with poverty. It's a lie that elitists, social-darwinist, neocons and corporations want you to believe -- as they sell your future.

Is Europe poor? Do your research. Is Germany off-shoring it's production facilities and universities? What about Canada? Austria? Britain? Denmark? Finland?
Which country would you rather be in ten years: Germany or Ecuador? Canada or Mexico?

I see only two choices:

1. Unite, resist and reform corporations and the extreme wealthy through tax law and moral sanction. In other words, take back America from George Bush and his true "base" -- the monied aristocracy.


2. Watch corporations and the elite sell your children's future to the Chinese, while your discretionary consumption finances the transfer.

Originally posted to neoconsuck on Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 07:54 PM PDT.

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  •  a lot of Indian-Americans (1+ / 0-)
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    are shaking their heads in confusion when they read about India's emerging dominance in Newsweek or something.

    India will not be the U.S. anytime in the next 35 years , baby.  Check out their crappy airports, roads made out of mud, et cetera. Yeah, the people living at the top of the skyscrappers in Mumbai are fabulously wealthy, but India's middle class is not exceptional and not even our Indians have it as bad as the East Indian poor in the inner cities.

    China on the other hand is a different story, they seemingly are going to have a strong middle class and potentially a similar government given time.  And more like the U.S., have far higher standards of living in the cities than the rural areas.  In India it's often the opposite.

  •  There's a Problem With #1-- (1+ / 0-)
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    They own the public square.

    We don't have the information infrastructure to unite the people. That's why we spend all this time tearing our hair out over slogans and cartoons to trick people into voting for us.

    Because we can't talk to the people. There's no way to reach them in bulk.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 09:39:47 PM PDT

  •  I like your idea (1+ / 0-)
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    but I think there is another approach that would be more successful.

    We need a new Union, one that represents anyone who works for a paycheck, regardless of trade. The fact you aren't working would not prohibit you from becoming a member.

    The idea is to unite workers, the true victims of 'labor arbitrage' into one cohesive doesn't matter if the union is ever 'officially' recognized, all that matters is that we recognize it.

    It's not just silly but insane to allow management to divide unions into specialties as this puts the workers in a weak position, the old divide and conquer.

    Without being officially sanctioned there would be no way to collect dues so the effort would have to be done on the cheap, free to the member...say go to a website, sign up and print a union card using their own paper and ink.

    In unity, strength.

    Parties divide, movements unite.

    by Gegner on Fri Jul 07, 2006 at 10:31:12 PM PDT

    •  Guild is a better euphemism though (0+ / 0-)

      I read an article years ago (can't remember where now) about technology workers (like most other workers that earn a decent living in this country, I work in Information Technology).

      But I still say a "consumption strike" would be far simpler to orchestrate -- an implicit union/guild -- of workers doing better for themselves and by themselves by cracking the economic backs of their masters.

      I represent the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party -- Howard Dean (orig. Paul Wellstone)

      by neoconsuck on Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 12:14:55 AM PDT

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      •  I fear (0+ / 0-)

        we, most of us anyway, have already been 'forced' to reduce our consumption to bare necessities.

        When 50% of men earn less than $27.5k and 50% of women earn less than $15k, you aren't buying a lot of fluff. [Actual 2004 income distribution figures from the US census.]

        OTOH, if such a (unionization) movement were to gather steam 'management' would take action to surpress it.

        And people today are too frightened for their jobs to jeopardize them...

        It's not just the Dems who lack backbone.

        Parties divide, movements unite.

        by Gegner on Sat Jul 08, 2006 at 10:21:07 PM PDT

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