America has borrowed heavily from the future for its prosperity. The debts are coming due. The main sign of impending crisis is a return to unchecked greed ideology. The powerful are cashing in without regard for the common good.
Want a practical example? Internet Services have been going up in price. Net neutrality changes will add even more costs to using the web. Seems minor but it is emblematic. Ask yourself how this happened and why no one could stop it.
The checks and balances in our system are designed to curb political tyranny, not economic tyranny. Power concentrates one way or another. It is happening through the bigness in capitalism. Without any checks, corporation collude with each other and with government, and take control of the market. They accumulate power and eventually take control in general.
We adjusted for a while but the lessons from past hard times are once again forgotten. It is the 1920s all over again. You know what will follow.
What's the political solution? There isn't one. Our political system has been hijacked. The public good, civil society have been reduced to "what's good for business is good for America."
Business isn't bad, capitalism is neither good or evil. It is a powerful form of wealth creation, but unchecked it unbalances society because it is a means to gather and concentrate power. In the end it collapses under its own weight. The lesson is clear. The same checks and balances needed to curb political power must also extend to economic power to have stabliity and democracy.
The problems are deep in the structure and in the systems of our society. Whether you support Trump or want to get rid of Trump, know that he is a reflection. As such, his role has been to speed things up and his fate is already sealed one way or the other. If that thought bring resistance, it is time for you to refocus your energies.
It is time for all of us to access our inner minimalist. You know it. I know it. A great fall is in the cards. Its time to prepare. Start now. Simplify as much as possible. Gather your support network. Practice flexibility. Learn to live with less. If you are politically minded time to open your mind to beyond resistance.
Hard to say how it will all play out, but we will not be proactive about it. We will see it coming and still allow the fall to happen. Perhaps it is because evolution is reactive. Duress is the main driver of creative change. Only under crisis will we evolve to a better place. And I think we will. In the long run I am optimistic. We will come out as a better world. But the transition is going to hurt.