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Images of the Capitalist Utopia

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While there certainly are small areas under the Captialist régime that are very prosperous indeed, it's often easy to forget that these areas are only a tiny fraction of the total area under Capitalism. To get a more balanced view of how Capitalism operates, we must consider the information in aggregate.

Now, it's clear that the USA is the headquarters of World Capitalism, therefore one would expect that at least in this country everyone would be living a happy and prosperous life. But, it turns out that this is far from the case. Let us first consider some images from the USA, and then expand our investigation to those countries who are neighbours and allies of the USA, which we would also expect to be hugely prosperous - if, as is often claimed, that all a country has to do is adopt American Capitalism to enjoy magnificent wealth and prosperity.
 
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These images are from the 1970's by danish photographer Jacob Holdt. He travelled around america and fell in with the African American poor, staying with people in their houses and photographing them. While they aren't contemporary they still give a shocking account of the conditions these people lived in at the time. You would almost think they were from the 1920's
There's an interesting story around these images, the KGB wanted to use them as propaganda to counter the idea of all encompassing American prosperity.
 
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These images are from the 1970's by danish photographer Jacob Holdt. He travelled around america and fell in with the African American poor, staying with people in their houses and photographing them. While they aren't contemporary they still give a shocking account of the conditions these people lived in at the time. You would almost think they were from the 1920's
There's an interesting story around these images, the KGB wanted to use them as propaganda to counter the idea of all encompassing American prosperity.

As George Carlin said, the only reason it's called the American Dream is that nobody would believe it awake. I feel very sorry for those people, as they don't get the kind of sympathy Africans get. Rather, they are seen as a threat to the self image the US ruling class has of itself and they are constantly targeted with the most vile slanders and abuse.
 
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Always get folk who want others to support them.

Then blame everyone but themselves.

Yes, this is the swinish slander the poor have to endure under the Capitalist Régime, while hogges like you claim to care for the poor in Socialist countries.
 
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I have heard from many friends that they had never witnessed such poverty as they saw in America
Blaming homelessness entirely on poverty is painting with too broad a brush. Of course many homeless are on the street because they've lost it all, but increasing numbers are homeless due to severe drug and alcohol abuse and the majority are mentally ill. This wasn't always the case.

There was a Supreme Court ruling in the 80's that deinstitutionalized hundreds of thousands of mentally ill folks, and it stated that noone could be institutionalized indefinitely against his will. This was partly due to the exposure of abuses in the mental health system, but it also was a major victory by civil libertarians/social justice jihadis. Treating mentally ill people has been given short shrift since then, as can be seen by the thousands of mentally-ill military veterans on the streets. This is simply put a scandal.

Tent cities are popping in cities across the country, largely due to cities' inability or unwillingness to confront the problem. The most recent phenomenon I've observed is the presence of illegal aliens among the homeless. Nothing surprises me anymore, if truth be told.
 
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Blaming homelessness entirely on poverty is painting with too broad a brush. Of course many homeless are on the street because they've lost it all, but increasing numbers are homeless due to severe drug and alcohol abuse and the majority are mentally ill. This wasn't always the case.

There was a Supreme Court ruling in the 80's that deinstitutionalized hundreds of thousands of mentally ill folks, and it stated that noone could be institutionalized indefinitely against his will. This was partly due to the exposure of abuses in the mental health system, but it also was a major victory by civil libertarians/social justice jihadis. Treating mentally ill people has been given short shrift since then, as can be seen by the thousands of mentally-ill military veterans on the streets. This is simply put a scandal.

Tent cities are popping in cities across the country, largely due to cities' inability or unwillingness to confront the problem. The most recent phenomenon I've observed is the presence of illegal aliens among the homeless. Nothing surprises me anymore, if truth be told.

Very true a chara, but if you look at those tent cities, you'll see that many, if not most, of their inhabitants are working full time jobs.
 
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What we have to realise is that Capitalism is a system of chaos. A certain element thrives in chaos - usually the criminal element or those with a criminal mentality who are cute enough and rich enough to do their thieving according to the law. But, the vast majority of people need order to thrive. Even most of those people with mental problems would be able to work and live fairly normal lives in an ordered society. But, they cannot deal with chaos at all, and just drop out. And we see the overall effect with the populations of Europe and indeed North American in demographic collapse.