In attempting to explain why we are in the mess that we are in, I have come to a very stark conclusion. I would not have ever considered this before the last year or so. As a technical analyst and systems engineer for more than two decades, it is my nature to understand the cause and effect of important issues.
I play the "devil's advocate" and attempt to argue both sides of a subject, to better understand it.
It seems to me that there is a concerted effort to destroy the freedoms that our forefathers have sacrificed so much to achieve.
I doubt that you will believe me in what I'm about to say and that is not only OK, but encouraged. This idea needs to be scrutinized and picked apart through research and observation.
Why do the criminals that are caught red-handed manipulating the Libor, steal customer funds or lie to their financial clients, get away with it (and are allowed to continue these crimes), while (for example) children who attempt to sell lemonade on their front lawn get fined and are forced to stop?
It is as if there is a consensus among the "elite" that they are "special". After all, this has gone on since the beginning of time, why should it be any different now? Every civilization has fostered the idea that their leaders are gods and the rest of us are here to serve them (willingly or not).
It has always been believed that through man's efforts, humans will one day become immortal (via science and technology) and this possibility is getting closer to reality. No more sickness, disease or death. Unfortunately for most of us, we were not born by blood into this 'club of the elite' and are considered to be servants of the gods or as good as dead.
What is to become of those that do not want to willingly serve "the gods" (or are not one of the worthy to become one)? At some point, those who are not "chosen" will be given a choice to serve or die. Whether religious or secular, this has been the case throughout human civilization and never has this been more 'true' than now.
It is being realized through the commoditization of human beings. If I am right, this will become even more obvious over the next few years, maybe even the next few months. I hope that I am wrong (time will tell).
This game is rigged and only those "in the know" can prosper.