Back in the day, nations that didn’t qualify as either developed (First World) or developing (Second World) were by default Third World, impoverished, corrupt and what we now refer to as failed states–governments that were incapable of improving the lives of their people and the machinery of governance, generally as a result of corruption and self-serving elites, i.e. kleptocracies.
Is the U.S. slipping into Third World status? While many scoff at the very question, others citing the rise of homelessness, entrenched pockets of abject poverty and the decaying state of infrastructure might nod “yes.”
These are not uniquely Third World problems, they’re symptoms of a status quo that’s fast losing First World capabilities. What characterizes Third World/Failing States isn’t just poverty, crumbling infrastructure and endemic corruption; at a systems level these are the key dynamics in Third World/Failing States:
A new national poll has revealed that 90 percent of American voters lack confidence in the country’s political system while 40 percent went so far as to say that the two-party structure was “seriously broken.”
Myles Hoenig, a political commentator in Baltimore:
– The widespread frustration among American voters shows that the country’s electoral system is in dire need of change.
– This could be the end of super delegates and maybe even the idea of primaries, which are designed by the parties to promote and protect their established candidates.
– Sanders deserves credit for reviving what critics have been saying for decades: “Those with the money, either individuals or corporations, control nearly every aspect of political life in America.
– What is very different about Trump is that he channels the frustration with the corrupt system through hate, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia.
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The Status Quo would have us believe that America and its Empire are one entity. This is handy for those with Imperial designs but it is false: America could be untangled from its Empire, and many of us believe it is essential that America untangles itself from its Imperial structures and ideologies.
What I call The Imperial Project was cobbled together in the aftermath of World War II, when the Soviet Union and America posed an existential threat to each other’s ideologies and systems. It may be hard to believe, but the U.S. did not have a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other espionage/intelligence gathering agency prior to World War II.