Well...I already have an answer to this...most people don't think about things like this - they just carry on with their everyday lives until
something profound forces them to re-evaluate their existence and the larger system their existence and future existence (401k, IRA, social security,
democracy itself, etc...) is connected to / based on.
Some may be forced to re-evaluate their circumstances "locally or temporarily" but don't question the larger system other than per se "Blame it on the
bankers" or some other relatively "simple analysis" fed to them by mass media impressions. Or the flip side -- Obama/Romney, etc... will fix it.
Only until faced with a more serious threat to their existence (Say in - some - European countries) does physical protesting take place on a wider
scale or perhaps do more people question things that were never questioned before.
But asking anyway....just to see what other ATS folk think or what people you know think (Who don't read ATS).
Putting aside 2012 end scenarios, etc...
Many are aware of the 2008 near collapse (Whatever that means on an individual level), although they may not think about it much because (At least in
the USA) "everything is relatively fine / peaceful except for the brief blip of Occupy protesters" (My impression anyway) for many thanks to 4 years
of $1 trillion+ deficits every year - which does trickle down.....whether from food stamp/card handouts to corporate welfare, to government contracts
to a stock market that is still near its all time high - which buoys 401k accounts, which gives the feeling that all is ok.
Maybe it is just a matter of people not thinking much about things which one feels powerless to influence. "Just take it on the chin/crotch and keep
going." Better to immerse one self in their smartphone, video game, Facebook, movie fantasies, or other gadget.
The drug of perceived prosperity / minimal suffering by "stealing from the future" via piling on A LOT more debt to "restart the economy." is
continuing...what say you?
-- To me the current economic/democratic model is like a "drug user" who takes some form of drug to "feel good" but then the body adapts and needs
more, so then they seek out more marijuana,coc aine, oxy, heroin, etc..knowing the feel good return is declining, but keep on doing it....until
their body / existence becomes so unbearable that they can take no more...and die or go to rehab, or face the music deep inside... --
What would the USA/world look like if the economy really did collapse? If we didn't rely on endless debt / fiat currency? What if the stock market
went below its low of 6626 to say 4000 or even lower and just stayed there more/less for many many years? What would things look like if government
contracts were canceled left & right and deficits were returned to a more manageable say $300 billion / year (Still a ridiculous sum....slow death vs
faster death now)
This affects more than Americans, because the USA economy is so integral to many other countries to the entire world. But since the primary money
printer is in the USA....(Also via stealth loans to help Europe - who have been printing happily themselves) What about Japan? - they seem to be
chugging along - with loads of debt, though maybe most of that is domestic vs US foreign debt - despite a cratered stock/real estate market
(Relatively speaking to their bubble highs of the past).
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