The Road to Future Success is not a Paved Road

The mariner received some interest in process. How does the Country move from failing point A to successful point B?

It is neither easy nor lacking in intense emotion and includes a large majority of active citizen interference to transition to a successful future. Most of the suggestions in the post, “How to Restore a Balanced and fair Economy” are tactics that will initiate change. There is much more beyond that list.

Hegemony will be the hardest task. Think about the following brief list of disassembled hegemony in history:

•Forcing the Magna Carta to be signed by King John in 1215. It curtailed the arbitrary declarations of the monarchy with principles bound by rule of law. Not as well known is that the premise of this document was not settled until 1651. The following, copied for its brevity, is from the Wikipedia:

“The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political problems between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers). The first (1642–46) and second (1648–49) civil wars pitted the supporters of King Charles I against the supporters of the Long Parliament, while the third war (1649–51) saw fighting between supporters of King Charles II and supporters of the Rump Parliament. The Civil War ended with the Parliamentary victory at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651.

The English Civil War led to the trial and execution of Charles I, the exile of his son, Charles II, and replacement of English monarchy with, first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–53), and then with a Protectorate (1653–59), under Oliver Cromwell‘s personal rule. The monopoly of the Church of England on Christian worship in England ended with the victors consolidating the established Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. Constitutionally, the wars established the precedent that an English monarch cannot govern without Parliament’s consent, although this concept was legally established only with the Glorious Revolution later in the century.” (1688)

•The American Civil War, which ended slavery and demolished an intensely racist hegemony in the South. The war killed 620,000 American Citizens and a President. The resultant social segregation, still a closed hegemonic class of whites, was not outlawed until 1954 when the Warren Court ended segregation. The final settlement, at least legally, was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 100 years after the Civil War.

•The New Deal (1933-1936) was a series of Presidential Executive orders backed by a Democratic Congress. The New Deal was caused as a response to the Great Depression where as many as 25 percent of working men were jobless (women were not a significant part of the workforce until the Second World War; given today’s heterosexual workforce, that statistic may be equivalent to 50 percent today). Republicans fought against the New Deal then and still do to this very day. The battle over the New Deal is not over even as we prepare to move into a new economy.

One of the major arguments for the Great Depression and the New Deal response is the observations that the population was under-spending while the financially better off were over-investing. Does this sound familiar today? (See the post, “Where does the money Go” with its analogy of nonexistent horses) Finally, the 1929 stock market collapse brought the economy down. That, too, sounds familiar. Remember the bank collapse of 2008?

There are many overthrows of hegemony throughout history: The French revolution, Glasnost in Poland and many more. Is it inevitable that the American citizen today must endure violence and debilitating living standards to reach future success?

Perhaps we can avoid a lot of agony if we elect a government that understands what it must do to overthrow the current hegemony.

Ancient Mariner

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