What Will History Say
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What Will History Say
When the new US History books come out in 2040, what will they have to say about 2020? What will they say about: Globalization? The Trump Presidency? Global Warming? The 2020 Pandemic? China’s Rise? America’s Decline? Capitalism and Free markets? Mitch McConnell?
to run where the brave dare not go.
Globalization: From a US perspective, globalization began in the 1970s with the first large-scale offshoring of semi-conductor, clothing, shoe, electronic, … manufacturing, and the large-scale importation of automobiles, and accelerated during the 1980s. Capitalists and 401Ks were the most significant forces driving globalization. As a result of globalization, the DJI soared to new heights.
By 2020, most all of our critical medicines were being manufactured in China and India; hampering our ability to respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic, causing tens of thousands of Americans to die unnecessarily. The US was no longer self-sufficient, hadn’t been for more than twenty years.
Significant unintended consequences of Globalization include: Millions of well-paying jobs were sent overseas. A Globalization related Opioid Epidemic that began in the 1990s. The American landscape was littered with dead and dying communities. By 2020, 40% of US Workers were living from paycheck to paycheck; working at jobs that did not pay a living wage. America suffered a soaring homeless population. Due to offshored critical manufacturing, the nation was unable to respond to a worldwide pandemic.
Global Warming: The failure of the World to take sufficient action earlier resulted in the loss of an estimated 100 million lives to date, and another estimated 200 million over the next decade. The failure of the US to take action was due in the main to the corruption that had taken over politics, especially the Republican party. The fossil fuel industry controlled the US Senate at a time when action desperately needed be taken. Concern for the short-term interests and wealth of the few, led to the deaths of millions.
The 2020 Pandemic: The US Government was incapable of leading the efforts to limit the ravages of the Pandemic. The US Government’s response was a failure in almost every way. There was inadequate preparedness; funding to those agencies charged with meeting the challenge had been cut as part of spending reduction measures. The $billions saved wound up costing $trillions. Political considerations were given precedence over the facts, over science. The US Government was incapable of performing the functions of Government.
America’s Decline: Donald Trump was a significant milestone in the decline of America that began with Richard Nixon, was accelerated by Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, and George W. Bush; and abetted along the way by Fox News and right-wing ideologues appointed Justices to the US Supreme Court. America’s decline created a leadership void that was laid claim to by Nations with long histories of inept and corrupt governance and adversarial behavior. The World became a greatly more dangerous place.
Capitalism and Free Markets: The failure of Capitalism and Free Markets to respond to income disparity, Global Warming, homelessness, healthcare, … was becoming obvious to more and more Americans. Many now saw that Global Warming was a direct consequence of Capitalism and Free Markets. America’s economic decline was in large part a consequence of its devotion to these failed economic deities; it’s denial of reality.
Mitch McConnell: Sen. McConnell was most notable for having accomplished nothing of value during his time in the Senate. Over his long career, he became the poster boy for bent politicians and the corruption of the Republican party. Sen. McConnell leveraged the ignorance and backwardness of his small home state into a long and destructive career in the US Senate. Sen. McConnell was best known for doggedly blocking popular progressive legislation and for facilitating the appointment of right-wing ideologues to the federal courts and for his refusal to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its numerous violations of the Constitution and other criminal acts.
Good analysis, thank you !
It is important to understand that the current situation is the result of the crisis of neoliberalism. And the key idea of neoliberalism is the use of colonial methods against the USA population (“internal colonialism”).. Even current “blacks against whites” divide and conquer strategy is taken fully from British colonialism.
Of course, slogans are different, but the reality is really brutal neocolonialism.
And it penetrates culture too. Black ghetto culture and rap are just two (superficial) demonstrations of this sad fact.
For proper framework see Ganesh Sitaraman
Carbon capture technology: practicably end global warming – even reverse it — for 5% of GDP with a reasonably lo-tech process – once the price to gets down to $100 a ton.
According to a Businessweek article, worldwide we add 34 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year. Said article says Squamish Engineering, in B.C., Canada expects to launch a plant that will remove a million tons a year, located somewhere in the Permian Basin in Texas. Squamish says it can do this for $200 a ton.
My back-of-the-envelope calculates that, when the price reaches $100 a ton, then, worldwide we can keep cool for $3.4 trillion a year – less than 5% of world GDP. US kick-in about one trillion – out of $20 trillion GDP. That figure would grow as US economy grows – but: for every trillion of growth only additional $50 billion would go for removal, leaving us $950 billion ahead: set for the life of the planet. (closest link I could find) https://www.magzter.com/article/Business/Bloomberg-Businessweek/A-Big-Step-for-the-Sky-Vacuums
Snag: where to put all the carbon we capture. 15 trillion tons of dry ice may be contained in a space 100 feet high, 40 miles wide and 3,000 miles long — perhaps at the bottom of the ocean where the pressures can keep it contained.
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Now that we have global warming out of the way — at least as threatening any ultimate disaster — can we get back to the most gigantic story of 2020-2040: America’s finally, at long last, thought-it-would-take-forever adoption of regularly scheduled labor union cert/recert/decert elections at every private (non gov) workplace — leaving in our rear view mirror a deeeeply pathological 94% deunionized workplace and retaking our place among modern, civilized economies.
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Yes, indeed. Us vs. Them. Republicanism/Greed is Good vs. the Society at large. 40 years of Manufacturing Consent.
i remember Noam Chomsky calling the Republican Party the most dangerous group since the…
anyway, can we recover our sense of society? probably not with Republicanism still being accepted as okay.
Yes, it is always interesting how certain events will be interpreted in 10 or more years. The future interpretation may radically differ from what we see now …