I do not know if you know it but we are Americans not American’ts. America is a well spring of possibility. Famed postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard has said of America:
“We criticize Americans for not being able either to analyse or conceptualize. But this is a wrong-headed critique. It is we who imagine that everything culminates in transcendence, and that nothing exists which has not been conceptualized. Not only do they care little for such a view, but their perspective is the very opposite: it is not conceptualizing reality, but realizing concepts and materializing ideas, that interests them. The ideas of the religion and enlightened morality of the eighteenth century certainly, but also dreams, scientific values, and sexual perversions. Materializing freedom, but also the unconscious. Our phantasies around space and fiction, but also our phantasies of sincerity and virtue, or our mad dreams of technicity. Everything that has been dreamt on this side of the Atlantic has a chance of being realized on the other. They build the real out of ideas. We transform the real into ideas, or into ideology.”
America builds the real out of idea! What we take to be our socio-cultural landscape through the illusory native of positive thinking is actually a vast machine. Let me break it down for you. I will dissect and break down two example of positive thinking and how its used to cover up the reality of our times.
#1 There’s very little that can’t be accomplished in this country
Thanks to the incorporation of Nazi Scientist into our space program we were able to send man to the moon earlier than expected. I don’t know if you know but the Nazi were great at making rockets. I like to think that the death of thousands of innocents at the labor camps at Dora/Nordhausen, were the Germans were building V-2 rockets are what fueled our earth space shuttled.
Let me stop being flippant. You may not have heard of Operation Paperclip: a program used by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II. The JIOA (Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency) worked independently to create false employment and political biographies for the scientists. The JIOA also expunged from the public record the scientists’ Nazi Party memberships and régime affiliations. Once “bleached” of their Nazism, the scientists were granted security clearances by the US government to work in the United States.
For your record:
Mittelbau-Dora was a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany. During 18 months about 60,000 prisoners from 21 nations passed through Dora. An estimated 20,000 inmates died; 9000 died from exhaustion and collapse, 350 hanged (including 200 for sabotage), the remainder died mainly from disease and starvation.
The origins of the Saturn V rocket ( the rockets used begin with the US government choosing Wernher von Braun to be one of about seven hundred German scientists in Operation Paperclip, a program created by President Truman in September 1946.It was intended to bring these scientists and their expertise to the United States, thereby giving America an edge in the Cold War.
#2 The Convergence of initiative and idealism is the source of what’s best about America.
This convergence as has been described has created a magical energy that leads us to evolution. Best example of evolution:
Before: Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation.
[Evolution happens, or in this case Social Darwinism continued]
After The U.S. has a greater percentage of its population locked up than any other country in the world. According to California Prison Focus, “no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens.” Despite the rising incarceration rates over the last decade, crime is actually down. High inmate populations are blamed on mandatory sentencing and over-zealous drug laws. For example: African-Americans who use drugs are more than four times as likely to be incarcerated than whites who use drugs. African Americans constitute 14% of the population and 14% of monthly drug users. But African-Americans respresent 34% of those arrested for a drug offense and 53% of those sentenced to prison for a drug offense. [American Bar Association]
Have you heard of the prison industrial complex – it’s a term used to attribute the rapid expansion of the US inmate population to the political influence of private prison companies and businesses that supply goods and services to government prison agencies. It seems many are getting rich off this.
Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.
The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.”
Side Note: For Those of you Looking to Invest
The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. “This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.”According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.