Attack the System: Alternative Economics

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The points Keith Preston raises in this show are not specific to American Indians, but rather they describe the overarching economic imperialism that the US and other Empires use to keep the rich on top and the poor on bottom. In particular he describes how third world nations tend to operate: a ruling class of elites live a lavish lifestyle with the vast majority of folks living in poverty. A razor thin middle class does the heavy lifting for the rulers. We see this pattern in Indian Country and increasingly we will see more of it across the country. We will also see a shrinking of the middle class in all communities across the country.

The particular pattern we have seen in Indian Country has been that of theft of resources and reorganization of community life away from traditional structures. Naturally, when you drastically upend a people in this manner they will suffer, so federally funded social services take the place of independence and self sufficiency. Depression, substance abuse and other social problems soon follow. The ruling class has successfully created an oppressed, largely docile & manageable Native population that will be ineffective in resisting imperialism. The solution is to reject the dominant economic model pushed by both political parties and embrace traditional & alternative economic philosophies. As Preston points out, these models actually work; they are proven forms.

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economic alternatives

Keith Preston discusses the present economic decline and the need for a new economic paradigm. Topics include:

  • Widening class divisions in the United States and the ongoing shift towards towards a two-tiered Third World model economy;
  • Aristotle’s observation that a healthy society needs to avoid extremes towards either plutocracy or egalitarianism in favor of a large middle class;
  • The writings of Paul Craig Roberts as a guide to the ongoing destruction of the working and middle classes;
  • How movements like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and the Ron Paul campaign represent rising economic frustrations;
  • The need for a new crop of political leaders who are able to pull discontented economic currents together towards the goal of attacking the system of corporate and state sponsored economic oppression;
  • How the conventional wisdom that portrays economic policy as a choice between only big government from the Left or corporate exploitation from the Right sets up a false dichotomy;
  • How big government and big business work hand in hand to protect ruling class privilege at the expense of ordinary working people;
  • The original aims of the classical socialist movement of the 19th century and how these have been corrupted and perverted by the state over time;
  • The ideas of several contemporary writers who have produced interesting works on alternative economics.
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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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One Response to Attack the System: Alternative Economics

  1. Vince says:

    The radical idea and hard pill to swallow for most people is that there are economic models other than the one we are living in, and that they are relevant and they work. I’m currently on one of the larger Indian Reservations in the country. The economic activity here is representative of other Native communities I’ve been in. There’s a spot where wood cutters sell cords of fire wood off the back of their pickups. There’s an open air market in a parking lot where you can buy everything from hand crafted silver jewelry to socks and baseball caps. There’s even someone who specializes in refurbished axe and hatchet handles. There are food vendors all over the place. This is all in stark contrast to the fast food joints that are starting to invade; and I shudder at the thought of Wal Mart moving in. I’ve been explaining to folks that the state highway system, as convenient as it is, is subsidized economic imperialism. Is it worth it? I don’t think so. Should we put these independent producers and traders out of work in exchange for minimum wage, no benefit jobs underneath flickering fluorescent lights with bosses? Should our local producers really be competing with slave labor from china? Are these sort of places consistent with our indigenous values? Are they sustainable?

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