Let’s start by admitting that the U.S. empire never had the consent of the governed in places like Okinawa, Ramstein, Managua, or Vicenza.
What it did have: imperial servants who made possible the soft and hard coups that enabled 800+ military bases in other nations. Also, a rapidly metastisizing NATO.
Such is the nature of empires. Or, as the State Department weasel word experts would have it, “The U.S. government works to advance U.S. interests in Nicaragua by helping the country increase its prosperity, security, and democratic governance.” Uh huh.
The U.S. used to have the consent of most of the white people it governed in North America. This was back when home ownership and health care were not out of reach for full time workers.
But, while WW3 looms as the military-industrial complex “solution” to eroding U.S. hegemony, the Biden administration is rapidly losing that consent on several fronts.
Losing the consent of the governed, health care dept.
For-profit health care is an oxymoron and millions have died too young as a result of the greedy medical profiteers who own and operate the U.S. government.
The architect of U.S. failure to contain a pandemic still killing 400 people a day just announced he is retiring at 81 — with a net worth of about $10 million. From a career in public service? Give me a break.
A subscriber-only piece on Patreon by Jack Mirkinson, “Good Riddance to Anthony Fauci,” argues convincingly that, “The worship of Fauci feels like the ultimate triumph of vibes over reality.” Because all the blather about how we had to vote blue no matter who to get a bad, science-denying president out of office had Democrats rejoicing that now the U.S. would “follow the science” and, with Fauci able to lead, get our deadly pandemic mismanagement under control.
We see how well that has worked out.
Number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide as of August 15, 2022, by country
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Or maybe you prefer to compare per capita rates, which take into account total population? The U.S. has 10.37 deaths per million residents. By contrast, Japan, another capitalist state that miraculously also maintains a robust public health system, has 0.94 covid deaths per million. Canada, with demographics and culture more comparable to the U.S., has a rate of 4.03.
But statistics can lie, so what about the anecdotal evidence my Twitter feed is chock full of? So many posts noting that, where public health and commerce are in conflict, commerce prevails. And when it comes to commerce, Weapons R U.S.!
As the next pandemic looms, we hear that tiny and heavily sanctioned Cuba — which has one of the most successful public health programs on the planet — already has measures in place to protect its people from simian smallpox (aka monkey pox). The U.S. has a few vaccines and not much else.
Back to Fauci-land:
Losing the consent of the governed, economic dept.
Medical debt in the U.S. is a huge factor detrimental to personal wealth. It’s part of what makes us so exceptional. You think Japanese and Canadian people lose their homes to mortgage default when they can’t pay for cancer treatments?
That’s been the sad case for decades now, but recently the Biden administration’s sanctions on any country not helping with the proxy war on Russia have taken an ax to global economic structures.
This has Europe reeling from double digit inflation, only kept below 10% in the U.S. by a gas tax holiday contributing mightily to the hottest northern hemisphere summer ever.
It has also led to to a stampede away from the dollar as a medium of global exchange. Maybe the warhawks who love to wield economic sanctions didn’t really think this one through?
Meanwhile the Biden administration is roundly scorned for failing to pass universal health care or even Build Back Better, failing to forgive student loans as promised, and passing a climate bill that benefits fossil fuel and electric car corporations. Oh, and a rider extended the Unaffordable Care Act and will allow Medicare to negotiate prices of a paltry ten medicines several years from now. Too little, too late.
All the puff piece journalism lauding this “win” for Democrats — who won’t even protect the most basic medical rights of those of childbearing age elected them for — exemplifies why the U.S. public is also rapidly losing the last shreds of trust in corporate media.
Losing the consent of the governed, police state dept.
Forget the FBI at Mar-a-Lago. The loss of faith in police nationwide is accelerating steadily. Evidence? Search on Twitter for the term “suspended” and see what pops up. The recent worst in a sea of brutality:
People of color knew all along that this shit happened to their loved ones with little accountability. Now, because phone videos are everywhere, white people know it too.
Cue the Biden administration’s budget requests for FY23: $37 billion for 100,000 additional police officers, and even more transfers of used military equipment from the Pentagon to municipal police departments.
6 thoughts on “U.S. Empire Rapidly Losing Consent Of The Governed”
Terrific analysis, Lisa, that you won’t see in the mainstream corporate media. I appreciate your sweeping overview. I was just wondering myself yesterday how many Americans still consent to the abysmal government we now have, the gerontocracy that supports the wealthy and corporations, war and Wall Street, social inequity and failing support systems. The reverse impact of sanctions is making itself known, and the U.S. continues to pursue hostile relations with most countries in the world. If we can’t reverse the direction we’re going in, our country will be destroyed from within and without.
Thanks, Ariel. I felt like this particular post was both a bit too long and, at the same time, could have been so much longer. I may continue this series e.g. Losing the consent of the governed, elections dept.
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The NYTimes, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR. So many Americans read & watch & buy into the dominant narrative, believing they have a clear picture of the world they live in. The corporate media are respectable, sober, dignified and, above all, reliable & truthful. They show us the evil Russians. The demonic madman Putin. Again & again, they call it out and they remind us — “Unprovoked aggression.” We proudly wave our Yellow & Blue flags. The valiant Ukrainians will prevail and they will drive the Russian war criminals from every inch of Ukraine’s soil. “WE” — the US & NATO will shatter the Russian economy, non-violently, with seven packages of punishing sanctions. And we will keep sending our sophisticated weapons, so that David can defeat the Russian Goliath.
You are so right., Dave. One glimmer of hope is that the public, especially younger people, are rapidly losing faith in corporate media as a source of true facts or useful analysis.