Portrait of America in decline

Portrait of America in decline

A number of reports the last 10 days — the standard of living, wages, income inequality and social mobility, in sharp contrast to the official mythology of the United States as the country with unlimited economic opportunities and the highest standard of living.

All these reports are received from government agencies such as the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security Administration, Bureau of the Census and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

This makes the picture of the real situation in America in 2011 is even more deadly. Even controlled by the political representatives of the financial aristocracy agencies have to recognize that the living conditions for the majority of the American people are catastrophic.

These figures show that America is a country of growing social inequality, where those who work and produce, have less and less, while those who profit from the results of their work, plays the role of destructive pests, and accumulate wealth in disproportionate amounts.

Two papers illustrate the enormous social polarization in America, which is not so much between the rich and poor, but between the rich and the rest of society.

According to published Oct. 20 Social Security Administration data, the average annual income for an American worker in 2010 was 26.364 dollars — not far from the official figures of poverty in 22.025 dollars for a family of 4 people. Given the fact that the family that earns even 2 times higher than the official subsistence level, it is still facing serious financial difficulties, it is no exaggeration to say that the report of the Office shows that the "poor" (the wise and not the official definition) make up the vast majority of American people.

At the other end of the spectrum study of the Budget of the Congress government, released on October 25, which shows that the richest 1 percent of American families increased their income by 275 percent between 1979 and 2007 and more than doubled their share of national income. While the income of this layer nearly tripled, middle-class incomes grew by only 40 percent, and the incomes of the poor — 18.

Geographic mobility in the United States fell to its lowest level since 1948. People can not sell their home and buy a new one, and the majority of young college graduates are forced to return to their parents because they can not find a job to support themselves.

All these figures demonstrate both a deep social crisis, and a great historical transformation. U.S. went from the world leader in most social indicators to the new status of the leader (at least in the developed countries) in the oppression of their people and doomed to suffering and deprivation.

The decline of American capitalism in decay shows once powerful industrial base, the destruction of roads, bridges, and other social infrastructure, as well as the closing of schools, libraries, hospitals and other public services.

Presidency over all of this decline the financial aristocracy, whose attitude to the rest of society to the pre-revolutionary regime in France.

The main political necessity for the working class is to understand the source of social and economic decline. It is capitalism, which failed in the U.S., and has failed internationally. System of production for profit is actually producing record profits for a tiny minority at the top, but for the workers who make up the vast majority, it has become a dead end.

The working class must advance its own agenda in defense of jobs, decent education, pensions, and other basic social rights. This is possible only if it can be lifted out of the official trade unions and the Democratic party that defends the interests of the banks and corporations.

Growing opposition to inequality and corporate control of the political system is the basis for expansion of the movement "Occupy Wall Street." But this is only the first and most of the early signs of discontent.

The response to the crisis of capitalism will be bold attacks on capitalists. The working class must defend socialist demands: expropriation of billionaires and the entire ruling financial oligarchy, the nationalization of major banks and corporations, and the use of proceeds from the labor of the working class to meet social needs.

Critical issue in the implementation of this struggle is the creation of a new revolutionary leadership, created from the working class.


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