Three news reports seem to delineate today to perfection:
The Swiss gather in their city centers and vote on current policy all during every year. A Swiss may propose a law; if 100,000 others buy in, that will be voted upon as a new law nationally. The Swiss are about to vote whether their government will pay every citizen $2,800 a month to do with as they will.
Swiss folk are historically, hard-headed and practical. Whether they will accept this fantasy is yet to be seen. But we know that at least 100,000 Swiss have already signed on, or the proposal wouldn’t be in front of the nation. Someone investigated and found that to do this, would consume about a third of the country’s total annual production. Never mind! It will eliminate poverty!
More likely, ti will eliminate wealth, seems to me. Who’s going to knock themselves out producing for everybody else? And the national vote is yet to come. But this is telling: If a significant number of Swiss (Swiss, for Pete’s sake!) are buying into this economic illiteracy to get it onto the ballot, it shows clearly how far the rot has progressed in Europe. They’re gonna spend themselves rich! This is what comes of giving too many dependent takers the power to vote on other people;s money. Government can print money but it cannot produce wealth; it can only confiscate it from others. This report illustrates the too-common mindset of low information voters in Europe and America.
The second is a report of something said by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, author of the Soviet-era “Gulag Archipelago.” He knows something of moribund societies– he should, he paid heavily for his knowledge; you might look him up. He said there are symptoms of a perishing society. Specifically, in a speech at Harvard University in 1978, he said:
“There are telltale symptoms by which history gives warnings to a threatened or perishing society. Such are for instance, a decline of the arts or a lack of great statesmen. Indeed, sometimes the warnings are quite explicit and concrete. The center of your democracy and of your culture is left without electric power for a few hours only, and all of a sudden, crowds of American citizens start looting and creating havoc. The smooth surface film must be very thin, then, the social system quite unstable and unhealthy…”
Our riven society is not only split between the Tea Party and the Entitled such that we cannot any longer govern ourselves but basic civil behavior is vanishing into routine violence and public tantrums in lieu of debate.
Our final report,is for those who, as ancient Scripture put it: “Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” It presents a letter from Chase Bank to its customers, informing them that there is now a limit on cash withdrawals and that the bank would no longer service overseas transfers of money. You might want to consider why a big bank might do that…
These three reports, coming within a few days of each other, paint a picture, seems to me. We present them here for your consideration, in the hope that they will be helpful to you as well.