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.
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.