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The Age of Decadence

Updated on May 20, 2016

It is not an exaggeration to state that reformation of the monetary system is the great moral issue of our time, and arguably, of all time. At face value this may seem like an intellectually unjustifiable claim, however, it becomes increasingly evident when analyzing the current economic paradigm that our intuitions may not be the best guide for such an ambiguous, complex, and far-reaching issue. Second only to religion, monetary systems represent the greatest unquestioned and tacitly supported institutions in all human history. All other institutions; educational, military, energy, entertainment, political, etc…are dependent upon and powerless over monetary institutions. This phenomenon becomes especially disheartening when it is discovered just how little the general public knows about the creation, distribution, and impact the current economic system has on humanity.

As with several other contemporary issues, the public fails to grasp the objective reality and frames the issue in the context of nationalism. That is to say, rather than acknowledging mutual problems and potential solutions as to how money operates in society, the public regards any economic dissent as unpatriotic. Indeed, it is not uncommon for an individual to be accused of being a "socialist" or a "communist" for simply expressing doubts as to the efficacy of the free-market system. Any challenge to the economic status quo is met with rigorous vilification and attempts at character assassination rather than an open and honest discussion. Consequently, the free-market system has enveloped all aspects of human activity and has created a tenuous interdependence between human existence and established currencies.

As it stands now, the free-market system maintains the most influence and control over modern societies. Unfortunately, the free-market system has become a complete failure. The United States accounts for 25% of global energy consumption while only containing 5% of earths population; that is a failed system, no other country can replicate such staggering consumption and expect other nations to prosper alongside them. It appears that humankind now lives in the age of decadence. An age in which the richest 1% of Americans own nearly as much as the bottom 50%, an age where 20,000 children unnecessarily starve to death every day, and an age where the majority of Americans have no interest in looking at the horror their system perpetuates.

It is indisputable that mankind has harnessed the resources and technology to easily feed the starving peoples of the world, however, the invisible hand of the market does not create the incentive to help those people. And so, over 20,000 children starve to death every single day. This is not economic efficiency, at least not on the scale of preventing human misery and death. The current economic system measures success in GDP and not in social progress. As long as this is the case, children will continue to starve to death all over the world. Something is terribly wrong. There should be no doubt that if 20,000 American children starved to death daily action would be taken immediately. In terms of casualties, that would come to over six 9/11 events everyday, a 9/11 every four hours, in which the towers were filled only with children. Such devastation seems nearly inconceivable, but this is the reality the rest of the world lives with.

Of course, this indifference is not uniquely American, but given our relative economic power on the global scene America has the capability to halt starvation faster than any other nation. According to the UN, it would only take 4% of the annual US military budget to completely wipe out world hunger, forever. Sadly, this fact is not presented in the infotainment filled world of popular television, and the majority of Americans remain powerfully ignorant as to the global hunger pandemic. Silence is a political position. By not voicing disapproval of the current system we are tacitly supporting it. For any real change to occur, Americans need to break the spell of collective apathy and unite in demanding drastic change to the very foundation of how this country operates. The current two-party system is a farce designed to maintain the status quo while giving the people the illusion that they have a say in what this country does. It is simply absurd to believe that altering back and forth between these two parties will mitigate the various predicaments those very parties have placed us in. Voting for a republican or democrat every four to eight years will do absolutely nothing to bring about the much needed social revolution, and yet most Americans cling to one of these outdated political parties as if they actually represented the people over their benefactors.

The American public is continuously being duped. Self-proclaimed republicans and democrats are locked in endless debates over trivial matters as the powers that be exploit the support the public gives these parties. All things considered, the only logical conclusion is to break our allegiances to established forms of power and bureaucracy to create a new system that actually economizes human existence on this planet. Fortunately, new models for such systems exist and are rightfully gathering attention and igniting social advocacy all over the world. The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) is one such advocacy group. TZM offers lengthy and robust guidelines for how to move forward in creating an egalitarian society for future generations. TZM recognizes that traditional methods for manufacturing economies are far too prone to subjective human intervention and adequately addresses this inherent flaw by proposing that we transform our monetary system into a resource-based economy. All the necessary information can be found for free at The Zeitgeist Movement Defined.


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