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The America Dream, if you haven’t figured out, is an illusion. Seriously. It’s like the lottery. Sure, there’s going to be a few who will actually win it big in their lifetimes, but for about 99% of the millions of people who contribute their one dollar bills to that ever-elusive pot of gold on a daily basis, hoping for the possibility of hitting the jackpot, life – and the big payoff – will continue to pass them by, while they wait faithfully for their illusions of grandeur to come to fruition.

America, where capitalism looms large, and where socialism and communism are dirty words, is a nation where if you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps, work hard, follow the rules, fear God, and believe the government; you should be able to advance your position in life as one the elites. Well, it sounds good, anyway. It’s kind of like that lottery. A few are going to make it big in their respective lifetimes, but for about 99% of the millions of people who don’t fall into the elite tax bracket, life – and the big payoff – will continue to pass them by, while they wait faithfully for their illusions of grandeur to come to fruition.

It’s funny, too, because no matter how high the gas prices get – despite growing poverty rates throughout the nation – manufacturers are building more cars, and selling them at higher rates. Despite the lack of living wage jobs out there, more six-figure condominiums are rising in our not-so-booming downtown metropolitan areas than we know what to do with. And I mean that literally, as they – like all other empty promises – sit, looking pretty, but are hollow and vacant on the inside.

But consider this for a moment. Americans. Citizens of the United States. E Pluribus Unum; translated from its Latin, “Out of many, one.” One nation, under God… Indivisible… We the people… That’s right. These are some of the great political slogans that keep the American dream alive.

They go right along with these great advertisement slogans: Have it your way (Burger King). It’s the real thing (Coca-Cola). Obey your thirst (Sprite). The choice of a new generation (Pepsi). It’s everywhere you want to be (Visa). There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's… (Master Card). Don't leave home without it (American Express). Just do it (Nike). It’s Miller time (Miller Brewing Company).

And what does one group have in common with the other? The ploy, of course. One group sets the hustle up for the next. The corporation – which just so happens to be, as an entity, considered a person by the United States Supreme Court – runs America. They send lobbyists to Washington to throw money at the politicians, who are pretty much open to the highest bidder, and who make government policies and laws that benefit their Masters. I mean, corporate interests…

In turn, the corporations also control the people. Look, for instance, at corporate media giants like Walt Disney, AOL Time Warner, CBS Corporation, Viacom, NBC Universal, Sony, and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Using News Corp. as an example gives insight to how much control the corporate state has over the world. America is just a small sample-sized interest for these powers-that-be.

Among other commodities, News Corp. owns the Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Fox television stations, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, MySpace, Regan Books, DIRECTV, HarperCollins Publishers, Sky Radio, and Beliefnet. New Corps owns a large chunk of the news, the Internet, the movies we watch, the books we read, the social media we access, and what we see on television. They own Wall Street. Just think about that. In other words, they control what we read, what we watch, the music we listen to, and the value of our assets. They determine, through a constant monopolization of our media, what we will wear, the types of food we will like, what type of person we find attractive, what we believe both politically and religiously, and in essence, what we think, en masse.

These seven media corporations, along with Bertelsmann, own practically all of our media. And just to make sure that they remain in control, they each own a certain percentage of each other’s interests, which ensures that no one else can break in, and that the rich remain rich. The goal, of course, is to keep the poor poor. And this is just what corporate media does. In light of media power, imagine the impact of the auto industry, big oil, and subsidiaries that include fashion and food corporations, just to name a few, on the American public.

Sure, let a couple of people get a few paltry thousands, just to show the rest of America that it’s possible (ha! Great joke!). That’s right! And for the rest of us, what little money you actually earn needs to be spent on things you don’t need, and things you certainly can’t afford. And for those who are unemployed, well, let’s blame them for their own problem. Make them feel guilty for not being able to keep up with the rest of us. You know, those of us who have pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps, worked hard, followed the rules, have a fear of God, and who have belief the government; those of us who believe that we are on our way to being able to advance our position in life as elites. Ignorance is indeed is bliss; the beauty of naivety; the damnation of faith; the power of an illusion; the American Dream.

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  •  It's all a hustle. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mannie, Will Smith

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:20:48 PM PDT

  •  You can blame it on Edward Bernays (4+ / 0-)
    The Century of the Self
    Video: Adam Curtis' acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

    To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

    The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund's devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund's great grandson, Matthew Freud.

    Sigmund Freud's work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society's belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man's ultimate goal.

  •  Getting away from the corporations (4+ / 0-)

    Of course it is very tough to get away from the corporations. But there are some things we can do.

    My wife and I joined our local food co-op about 7 years ago. Definitely gets us away from the corporate model for our food shopping. Here is a (possibly somewhat out of date) directory of food co-ops around the country. And here's another one, though I am less familiar with it. Community Supported Agriculture is another good source that connects you directly with a local farm.

    Find local Green Businesses through Green America's Green Pages.

    It may be only a few small steps, but worth doing.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

    by mole333 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 12:49:14 PM PDT

  •  Getting your money away from corporations (4+ / 0-)

    THere are various ways to put your money in less corporate places. One, which doesn't give high returns financially, but still some return and gives great social returns, are microloans that directly connect people and projects that need money and individual investors. Microplace is one that focuses on loans targeting green projects, rural projects, and projects that empower women. Returns for the investor range up to maybe 3.5%. They work through great organizations like FINCA, WCCN and Calvert. It is a way to get some return on your money but without depending on corporate banks and such.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

    by mole333 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:01:50 PM PDT

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