Judge to rule Tuesday on plan by state-appointed emergency financial controller that would declare the city officially bankrupt
If this isn’t rude awakening and a warning to come of our society’s increasing failure and complete breakdown, I don’t what is. I find it comical that people blame a president or a politician for the fact that there are no jobs or that the economy is in shambles. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution labor has been increasingly replaced by more efficient mechanization. Those jobs aren’t coming back… Auto manufacturing was so concentrated in Detroit, it sprouted a large dependent workforce which is now collapsing under its own weight due to the advancement of outsourcing and technology. Other industries are so widespread that it won’t be a city that goes bankrupt, it will be an entire caste of citizens that find themselves out on a limb that snaps into oblivion.
The social contract that we, the people, had signed with the rich is slowly being erased - “We’ll buy your goods and services if you promise to give us the resources to live comfortably…We’ll make you rich if you promise to care for us and act responsibly with your excess of value…” - But we have been abandoned by the robber-barons of our age and they aren’t going to ring the alarm bell that something is terribly awry. The tide that’s rolling in will come to sweep us away while we sleep, as the rich scuttle away our society and run to their mountaintop bunkers and hideaways while they leave behind their destructive wake.
Our entire society is on a limb and its beginning to wobble and crack. This is a warning that we are standing on hollow ground, running on fumes. I don’t mean to be alarmist, paranoid or pronounce my despair, but merely advertise the need to recognize a sinking ship and to start lowering the life-boats so we can venture to a new vessel and return home - We’ve drifted a long ways from our once sustainable way of life and it’s time we start preparing for the journey. First it’s Detroit, along with all the small towns that have already turned into ghost-towns, then some other large city in a few years, then whole countrysides, suburbias and states will become desolate and obsolete until finally the entire capitalist system burns into dust from whence it came and a new way of life arises that is fair to all, that sustains all and cares for all (Earth included).