The unraveling of America’s social order is accelerating, and
denial will not save us from the consequences of the plundering of the
What kind of nation boasts a record-high stock market and an unraveling social order? Answer: a failed nation, a
nation that has substituted artifice for realism for far too long, a
nation that now depends on illusory phantoms of capital, prosperity and
democracy to prop up a crumbling facade of “wealth” that the populace
now understands is largely in the hands of a few families and
corporations, most of which pay little to support the citizenry they
dominate politically and financially.
The social order sounds abstract, but it is all too real. The social order has two primary components: social cohesion, the glue of common purpose and shared sacrifice binding the social order, and the social contract,
the implicit contract between the ruling elite, the state (government)
and commoners (the middle class, the working poor and state dependents)
that their labor, taxes and sacrifices will nourish a society with a
level playing field, broad-based opportunity and security.
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