This is America

and this is apparently Germany as well as the rest of the world.

 

In a recent article I said, what we wittness happening in the USA right now will be our future. I can’t tell you exactly why this is the case, it’s pretty complicated. So how do I know this? Let’s say, by observation. You could also say, it’s hard to overlook. The above documentary is just one out of 1000s about the same topics: Rising inequality, working poor, homelesness and the strange feeling, something doesn’t add up. Measured by the GDP (german: BIP) USA and Germany are the richest countries in the world. Where is all the money gone? Did it ever exist?

I won’t go into detail talking about how one day public land belonged to everyone until our great-grandfathers got disowned a few hundred years ago, how once paper money was coupled to gold reserves, how Great Britan’s banks suddenly where broke one day and used the press to influence society to believe in a new boom (!= recession), which alone fixed the issue, how modern stock & bank fraud like Cum Ex works. If you want to know, why things are the way they are today you won’t be able to understand without diving deep into all of these economic topics. But I promisse: Once you do that, you will understand. If you want all of that packed into a „New York style neurosis“ entertaining book, I recommend „Douglas Rushkoff: Life, Inc.: How the World Became A Corporation and How To Take It Back“ since a decade to my fellow readers. You can also go on Youtube and watch documentaries.

In my last article I probably made a few people laugh by claiming: Germany doesn’t have much substance left – I was talking about companies and economics. We’ve sold out our public infrastructure to greedy companies and didn’t get in return what we expected. What did we expect? Probably that a capitalist market will rule out things by itself. Yet most German stores are broke because of an American company called Amazon – and because of poverty. Yes, I do work for and with them, too. There’s no more option not to use Amazon in one or another way. Did the sellout of public infrastructure like phone lines, internet, health, transportation etc. into the private sector work out? For the most part – no. I could not afford a ticket for „Vielen Dank for travelling with Deutsche Bahn“. Could you? We’re among the worst countries regarding internet and mobile broadband infrastructure. Private Health insurance was a nightmare mostly my parent’s generation had to carry, politicians lately made vague propossals, how to fix the fact, that poor people are locked in into a private health insurance costing about 500€ / month. On top, rising rents, energy-, transportation- and education cost bled out all of us. I could go on like this forever.

But the worst part for me: All work & education has become a big gamble. We can no longer tell our kids: Work hard, be nice and you’ll have a good life. Because it couldn’t be further from reality. If we were honest, we needed to tell them: Work harder than everyone, then you’ll get a „lottery ticket“ and may win an ok life. No matter how good you are, no matter what you start-up: There’s gonna be at least 1000 competitors and none of them plays fair. If you get picked, if you’re the one who gets the 10 Million subscribers, who sells 100.000 copies of your book,  who is succesfull with your new green-energy  company – that’s just a matter of chance, luck and lots of nepotism. And you better hope, nothing bad ever happens to you, like getting sick, having a disabled child, having an expensive accident.

So what do I tell my kid? That we all became slaves of a few rich & powerfull people, but most people don’t even understand „how“ that works and instead believe in some crazy conspiracy theories? That politicians are pretty damn happy about that, because now they don’t have to explain anymore, they actually work for companies and not the state?

I for my part try to be honest. Dystopia started a while ago and we have to face that. We just have to survive.

MG

EDIT: There was so much space left here on the bottom, I thought that might be another fit. Again, it’s just one out of thousands – they kept the english on this documentary on entry-level, so everyone should be able to understand it.