America – how can we reform it?

On the top of the right-side menu bar are links to the FM site’s reference library.  Organized by topic, these pages have links not only to the FM posts but often to valauble other sources of information.  based on suggestions from readers, I am re-organizing these for easier use.  Here is a copy of a newly reformed refernce page about… America – how can we reform it?

How did America get to our present situation?  What can we do to reform it?  This series poses question and provides few (if any answers).  The discussion in the comments are often far longer — and more interesting — than the posts themselves.  Often heated, the different views clash discordently.

Contents

  1. About the Constitution and our government
  2. About the American spirit, the American soul
  3. A look at America’s past, present, and future
  4. Some solutions, ways to reform America

1.  About the Constitution and our government

  1. Forecast: Death of the American Constitution, 4 July 2006
  2. The Constitution: wonderful, if we can keep it, 15 February 2008
  3. Congress shows us how our new government works, 14 April 2008
  4. See the last glimmers of the Constitution’s life…, 27 June 2008
  5. Remembering what we have lost… thoughts while looking at the embers of the Constitution, 29 June 2008
  6. A report card for the Republic: are we still capable of self-government?, 3 July 2008
  7. Another step away from our Constitutional system, with applause, 19 September 2008

2.  About the American spirit, the American soul

  1. Diagnosing the eagle, chapter IV – Alienation, 13 January 2008
  2. Americans, now a subservient people (listen to the Founders sigh in disappointment), 20 July 2008
  3. de Tocqueville warns us not to become weak and servile, 21 July 2008
  4. A philosphical basis for the Batman saga, 23 July 2008
  5. The American spirit speaks: “Baa, Baa, Baa”, 5 August 2008
  6. We’re Americans, hear us yell: “baa, baa, baa”, 6 August 2008
  7. The intelligentsia takes easy steps to abandoning America, 19 August 2008

3.  A look at America’s past, present, and future

  1. Forecasts – Why wait? Read tomorrow’s news … today! (part I), 11 July 2006
  2. The Future of America – Why wait? Read tomorrow’s news … today! (part 2), 17 July 2008
  3. Forecasts – Why wait? Read tomorrow’s news … today! (part 3), 17 July 2006
  4. Forecasts – Why wait? Read tomorrow’s news … today! (part 4), 17 July 2006
  5. An important thing to remember as we start a New Year, 29 December 2008
  6. American history changes direction as the baton passes between our political parties, 18 May 2008
  7. Is Obama running for the office of Chief Shaman?, 6 June 2008
  8. Our futures seen in snippets of the past, 16 June 2008
  9. Does America need a charismatic President?, 15 July 2008
  10. More about charisma, by Don Vandergriff…(#2 in the “getting ready for Obama” series), 16 July 2008
  11. A soft despotism for America?, 22 July 2008
  12. A must-read for every American citizen: “The Fannie Mae Gang”, 25 July 2008
  13. General Franks and Max Boot provide a valuable insight for all Americans, 13 August 2008
  14. The World’s biggest mess, 22 August 2008
  15. “Elegy for a rubber stamp”, by Lewis Lapham, 26 August 2008
  16. What happens next? Advice for the new President, part one., 17 October 2008
  17. What to do? Advice for the new President, part two.“, 18 October 2008

4.  Some solutions, ways to reform America

  1. Diagnosing the Eagle, Chapter III – reclaiming the Constitution, 3 January 2008
  2. Obama might be the shaman that America needs, 17 July 2008
  3. Obama describes the first step to America’s renewal, 8 August 2008
  4. Let’s look at America in the mirror, the first step to reform, 14 August 2008  
  5. Fixing America: elections, revolt, or passivity?, 16 August 2008
  6. Fixing American: taking responsibility is the first step, 17 August 2008
  7. Fixing America: solutions — elections, revolt, passivity, 18 August 2008

5 thoughts on “America – how can we reform it?

  1. I keep looking for an emphasis on US consumers and voters wanting to spend Other People’s Money.

    I know that’s the way to get rich. It’s also what socialists want the gov’t to enforce.

    Finally, insofar as owning something that is bought requires one to forego other consumption, most workers don’t want to reduce their consumption in order to buy more business ownership.
    They just want to consume at the same level of those who are successful business owners.
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    Fabius Maximus replies: That is politics in America. Both parties. While running at the gym on Sunday I watched a McCain “town hall” appearance. Many of the questions were pleas for McCain to play Lord Bountiful, showering us with money. He tood most — not all — of those opportunities.

  2. thanks for the reading list! I feel like a freshman in college again.

    It’s almost impossible for me to think about the Constitution. It’s a historical document that reflects the interests of the time and the people who wrote it. It’s been much modified since, and much abused, yet it’s been a reasonable guide. It has not made America the country it was supposed to be, though, and not prevented us from becoming just another ugly empire, amassing wealth by exploiting others. Today, it appears that its core principles in the Bill of Rights have been essentially trashed, and are not even rhetorically honored, so it might be better to simply start over, and reconstitute our society in language that can be debated and agreed upon in the present.

    Unfortunately, the trend appears to be toward extra-national, non-democratic forms of government, like the IMF and WTO, and away from national sovereignty.
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    Fabius Maximus replies: The IMF and WTO are handmaidens of national governments. They act as instruments for the world’s most-powerful governments to pressure the least-powerful, but have little independent significance other than that.

    They seem especially irrelevant as agents diminishing US sovereignty. Do you have any examples showing otherwise?

  3. “They (IMF and WTO) act as instruments for the world’s most-powerful governments to pressure the least-powerful. . . ”

    Yes, those agencies (and their legal expressions like GATT) represent the global rich against the global poor, and within the countries of that global rich, the wealthy against the working class. The best example of this is the unelected international body which has the power to overturn local environmental, labor and tariff agreements if they are deemed “in restraint of trade.”

  4. My impression is that the IMF and suchlike are losing influence simply because Western hegemony in international affairs and finances has waned as China, India and Russia have joined the party of late.

    I also agree with seneca’s thrust and would flip your reply to him into: ‘national governments are the handmaidens of various elite networks.’ This sort of thing is also evidenced by the degree to which both major parties in the US agree on more than they disagree, mainly the private-sector led monetary system, using public funds to expand corporate influence and profits internationally and domestically, further centralisation and expansion of the federal and international governance at the expense of local and regional, blocking third parties, encouraging lobbying by the corporate sector and so forth.

    Or put another way viz. the US govt in particular, but increasingly also Canada’s for example: government channels the huge centralised proceeds from multi-million-large national populations into the corporate/elite sector whose priorities determine those of the governments involved. There is a huge gap between the theory of government (or party ideologies for that matter) and what they actually do and who they do it for. This has not yet caused a crisis, but if the economy gets seriously bad, which looks increasingly likely, then either revolution from below, or further entrenchment into a more overtly fascist regimen from above, will probably ensue.

  5. Of course they can. I have said in many posts that the greatest skill of the US is the ability to reinvent itself. The “Dr Who” of countries, able to regenerate itself, albeit painfully. For all its failings, for all its weakneses, for all its nut jobs, there is incredible human talent there, a lot just waiting to be utilised properly.

    Plus, though it is far from a free country (an Australian commentator following the US elections has called the US election system “3rd world”, which compared to our Austrlian efficient and honest system) and has got a lot less free in the last few years, it has the dream of freedom and that counts for a lot. With the right opportunities, the right focus .. well the Germans and Japanese might have to rethink their monopoly on machine tools (the core of industrial society) … plus quite a few other things as well (world leader in solar thermal plants?).

    Gosh FM an optimistic moment again! I must stop doing this.

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