How did the U.S. economy sprint to global dominance so rapidly?
Do the math:
Free natural resources (stolen from the Native American)
Free labor (from African slaves)
= GNP on steroids.
The book borrows generously from the James Cameron film, comparing the track record of America’s elite to the greed-induced corporation that sought to eliminate the indigenous population on Pandora and steal its $20 million-per-kilo ore, much like America’s pioneers bulldozed the Native American.
The premise: the Founding Fathers made a fatal decision to keep blacks enslaved following the American Revolution. That set a bad precedent that was replicated at key junctures in history, particularly following the Civil War. Following the issuance of the so-called Emancipation Proclamation, slavery has taken on several incarnations as the peculiar institution regrouped off the plantation, without the shackles, but with the economic leg irons firmly attached.
The mentality incorporated within that string of decisions treating the black man as a subhuman and perpetuating neo-slavery ultimately seeped into the corporate/management dynamic. It is now an ingrained principle, as the general American workforce is treated as indentured servants, subject to layoffs, reduced benefits with increased workloads and insultingly low pay, while the owners and management team lap up the lion’s share of profits.
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