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The Eternal Darkness of the American Mind

Our government is as much a terrorist as those in Beslam, Bali, New York and Madrid.
It is time we stop thinking ourselves the enlightened culture we are not. It is time
to stop a hypocrisy that seems to validate the atrocities we commit while
castigating those made against us.

Manuel Valenzuelas
10/02/04 ICH
The prevalent and continued decline of the Empireís mind
can be attributed to the evolving degeneration of American capitalism, through the
inherent evils it espouses, its subjugation and control of human nature, and its
consequences on a society entangled and indeed dependent on the very mechanisms of
exploitation of self, addiction to materialism and the pandemic of greed. This
latest stage of capitalism, the most sinister to arise from the realm of human
conscious, has replaced once nobler, controllable, equal and just instruments. It is
simply the erosion of capitalism, after having flourishing in previous stages of
development, into a phase that has mutated beyond the control of humans and into a
realm of damaging and malevolent repression and exploitation. 

Thriving off of human nature, feeding and growing from its ability to dominate our
animal instincts, our wants, needs and desires, capitalism as we know it today has
become an unrelenting disease, jumping from host to host, contaminating a society
that, more and more, lives in utter disconnect from a greater world community and
that allows itself to be manipulated, dumbed down and owned by elite capitalists
whose control over our lives grows more discernible every day. It is capitalism on
steroids, a bulging muscled beast that has succeeded in mutating American society,
transforming our culture to one whose assembly lines of human procreation
manufacture millions of consumers, producers, worker bees, soldier ants and growing
generations of unthinking automatons. 

American capitalism in the first decade of the 21st century is the inevitable result
of an economic form of governance whose stages have, over the last two centuries,
and with exponentially-increasing dominance, power and control over our society,
created a vicious cycle of evolving degeneration that today runs amok, destroying
the environment and planet, human health and intelligence, individual thought and
free-thinking minds, democracy and a once grand societal experiment of equality,
justice and freedom. It is American capitalism, then, that now lives off of human
exploitation and ignorance, breathing in and usurping our energy, exhaling poisons
that blacken our eyes and minds while enveloping the Empireís horizons with a
darkness that infects us with its various forms of disease that are making our
society, culture and way of life the nightmares of yesterdayís slaves and the
controlled programs hardwired into tomorrowís automatons. 

The Light that brings forth Darkness 

The darkness that has encircled the Empire and its people has over the last fifty
years grown thanks to the continued evolution of the television monitor and the
ever-expanding media tentacles of the corporate world. The TV has become the single
biggest tool for the corporate beast, having morphed in the last few decades into
the apparatus by which consumerism, materialism, belief in fantasy, mental
manipulation, love of the almighty dollar and the virus of greed are extracted and
exploited from the masses, thus enriching the corporate beast with both the treasure
and the controlled, easily manipulated mind of the American populace. 

As the popularity of the television media has grown over the years and with
Americans watching more and more hours of the instruments of fantasy, propaganda and
brainwashing fostered by the corporate Leviathan, the collective American mind has
dissipated in power and intellect, over the last few decades degenerating and
becoming instead a sponge readily accepting and believing anything and everything
implanted into it by the monitor ? the axis by which everything in our home revolves
around ? that now serves as its brain. 

The television, that glowing light now reigning as the center of our homes, robbing
us of analytical minds and healthy bodies, that invention celebrated and adored, has
become the single biggest weapon the corporate capitalists have to dominate, control
and program us. It lies as the great culprit in the continued regression of the
American mind and erosion of intellect, the further dominance by corporations of our
daily lives, the decay and festering ignorance of our youth, the indifference to
world affairs and apathy to the plight of the peoples of the globe, the unconcern
towards government politics, accountability and transparency, the growth of our
world renowned amnesia and short-attention spans, and the increased conditioning of
and appetite for violence, death and destruction. 

From birth it becomes our adopted parent, our consumerist advisor and materialist
shaman, guiding us with its hypnotic light through the dense fog of capitalistic
indoctrination. Training us from birth how to become good parasitic consumers,
bombarding our still undeveloped brains with fantasy and psychological
manipulation, illuminating our virgin minds with a rapid influx of images that no
incipient human mind has ever been subjected with, the television begins to distort
our concept of reality, marketing fantasy and fiction, promoting and distorting
human needs and wants, rewiring our fragile mind to suit the needs of the
corporation and the government it owns. Almost from birth the programming making us
obedient consumers trapped between the fantasy we see and the reality we experience
distorts the life we live, forever to psychologically confuse the mammalian brain
inside our skulls. 

Indifferent to suffering, displaced from reality and sequestered from the constructs
of human behavior, the innocent mind is, through television, manipulated to seek
what it can never attain. The perfection of fiction, the happiness of fantasy, the
allure of what will never be and the mesmerizing glow of a world beyond what
humanity could ever become is nonetheless absorbed into our conscious understanding
and subconscious being, haunting us seemingly from cradle to grave. Throughout our
lives the belief that what we see on the screen is reachable invariably results in a
reality altogether different. We entrap ourselves in a vicious cycle of a lifetime
of production and consumption, as if buying and producing enough goods and services
will lead to the perfection we have been conditioned to believe can be attained. 

What follows over the course of oneís life, naturally, is a perceived belief in
failure that the perfection we desperately seek to emulate and the fictions
ingrained in our minds escaped us, thereby blaming ourselves or our loved ones for
the unclimbable mountaintop whose passage no human could ever reach. The subsequent
unhappiness that follows, of never reaching the beauty, wealth, happiness and
perfection of the fictionally created characters we become enamored with, combine
with other factors prevalent in our capitalist society to depress our emotions and
feelings about ourselves and the life we lead. Even the accumulation of money,
material goods and modifications of our physical selves fail to transport us into
the fantasy world that invades our living rooms on a nightly basis. 

In many ways, the Molotov cocktail of capitalistic unhappiness has led to the
enormous growth in, demand of and addiction to pharmaceutical mind altering and
hallucinatory drugs so prevalent in society today that act as conduits of escapism
from the unhappy lives we portend to lead. It is these drugs, now pervasive in
American society yet nonexistent for centuries and millennia before that have arisen
along with the degrading stages of capitalism we now find ourselves immersed in. It
is the television, along with the other tentacles of modern day capitalism, that is
causing an eroded conscious of human psychology through the indoctrination of the
human brain, from the time of birth, of seeking the perfection that in the human
condition does not and cannot possibly exist but that thrives in the realm of
television, movies and video games. 

Seeking meaning and happiness through the possession of material goods and wealth,
becoming insecure of our bodies and beauty by the incessant bombardment of human
perfection and kneeling down to pray to the Almighty Dollar in front of its altar
called the television, Americans are finding that the goals espoused by the
corporate Leviathan are unattainable. When compared to the perfection we have seen
on the monitor from our early age, the life we lead is boring, unexciting and
imperfect. The real world thus cannot compete with the vision the corporate
capitalists have marketed for us in order to manipulate buying patterns, control
behaviors and expand profits margins. 

The cause for concern among Americans is the effect capitalism and its tentacles,
including the pervasive disease of television, is having on our psychology. The rise
in pharmaceutical drugs designed for the human brain and our psychological behaviors
should act as the canary sent down the mine shaft. More and more, America is a
nation of pill poppers unhappy and depressed, preferring the escape of hallucination
and the zombie-like behavior of anti-depressants to the realities facing us today.
With 11 million children on anti-depressants and many more adults dependent on
drugs, questions must begin to be raised as to the causes of such utter
degeneration, the likes of which no society has ever experienced. This is but one
more symptom of a disease the corrosive tumor of capitalism has engendered onto a
society that offers so much wealth, freedom and materialistic bliss yet lacks
enduring waves of human happiness or enlightenment. 

Corporate owned television produces mind-numbing, ignorance-laden,
thought-controlling, escapism-filled, fantasy-saturated and propaganda-laced
programming designed for one simple reason: to hook us like fish out of water so
that we are subjected to a barrage of advertisements that, it is hoped, inspire us
to spend our hard earned wages on the products that best manipulate our human needs,
wants, emotions and passions. Fiction-filled shows, laced in the aura of televised
perfection and beauty, endeavor our minds to seek what cannot in reality exist. They
are created so that addicted we become to the characters and story lines, thus
becoming loyal viewers and possible prey. These programs are formulated to attract
whichever demographic and target market a corporation wants as loyal consumers. The
advertisements and products designed for this particular target are then plastered
throughout the enormous window of opportunity, blitzkrieging our eyes and minds with
a volley of images that attack our psychology, emotions, animalistic behaviors and
human passions. 

Methodically the attack starts in our youth as the marketing vipers seek to
incarcerate us into their vast array of products from as early an age as possible.
They know that once they succeed in squeezing into their grip a young child the
strong possibility exists that a loyal and conditioned customer they will have for
an entire lifetime. It is the undeveloped, susceptible, easily manipulated and
conditioned mind, devoid of analytical thinking and human experience that the
corporate marketers drool over. It is their Holy Grail, a virgin mind easily
exploited and programmed, naïve to humanity and ignorant of experiences, slowly but
surely becoming the mental and physical slave to those whose incessant brainwashing
fills the airwaves. In the most pure and innocent among us the corporate sharks
enjoy their greatest meals. 

Copied from organized religion, which for centuries has perfected the formula for
conditioning and brainwashing children into controlled and subservient followers of
archaic myths and primitive fables, the systemic usurpation of innocent minds
guarantees loyalty, lifetime consumers, unthinking individuals, psychologically
fragile drones and easily controlled beings. With the twist of a marketing campaign,
corporations can dictate tastes, trends, consumption patterns and the direction a
society or a target market takes. Through the television, we thus become putty in
the hands of those who are experts at exploiting our senses, feelings, emotions and
passions. 

Manipulating our minds and rewiring our thoughts, the television, nothing more than
the mechanism by which the corporate world controls and dominates us, has
transformed human thinking and behavior like no other instrument in our history. Our
minds are being bombarded with image after image, fantasy after fantasy and
manipulative emotion after manipulative emotion. Our still primitive brains have
never evolved to this reality, and the damage can be seen in the rise of attention
deficit disorder, hyperactivity, lack of discipline and loss of intellectual
capacity in children. It can be seen in a society that has not been able to adapt
and handle the blitzkrieg we see on our monitors on a daily basis and that cannot
escape the conditioning and brainwashing the corporate world and our government so
readily apply into our minds. The proof is all-encompassing, surrounding us like a
thick fog, doing tremendous damage to the still undeveloped brains of youth,
shackling and controlling almost every activity we do as adults, and haunting our
daily life until death finally opens the gates of escape. 

The Bubble of Ignorance

>From the cradle to the grave, the television works its corporate magic, helping
make America the most consumerist, materialistic, gluttonous and wasteful society
to ever grace the green lands of Earth. We gorge on food, we waste like no other,
consume as if our life depended on it and pollute with devastating effect. Like a
plague of locusts we are devouring the natural resources of the planet, indifferent
to the plight of the oceans, the forests and the other 6 billion people we share
this small planet with. Our thirst for oil can only be met through war, destruction
and death, our appetite for cheap products and labor enslaves billions of humans
worldwide and the need to quench our addiction to material wealth is rapidly
hemorrhaging an Earth ready to purge us from its surface.

We are four percent of the worldís population yet contribute 25 percent of the
worldís carbon dioxide emissions. We are four percent of 6.2 billion humans yet
indifferent we remain to the damage our greed unleashes onto humanity. Global
warming is now the greatest threat facing mankind, yet we ignore its truths and our
complicity. Our greed and voracious appetite to consume blinds us to the rape of
ecosystems, the extinction of cultures, the devastation of nations and the
ever-growing despair among the billions of humans not lucky to live inside the belly
of the beast. 

We are 290 million people, most of whom believe the lands and inhabitants of this
Earth have been placed by the Almighty in their rightful position as exploitable
property and servants of America, the only nation allowed to dictate its commands on
all others, even when tens of millions of us have not a clue or a remote idea that
an outside world of peoples and nations exists outside our borders. Even as the
globe becomes a giant village, where the actions of one affect all others and the
collective destiny of humanity depends on the unity of the entire spectrum of world
citizens we seem to care not a trickle what occurs outside our borders nor
understand the complexities of human interaction. 

Through the catastrophe we have created in Iraq our ignorance and lack of knowledge
can be witnessed. In our failure to learn alien cultures, religions, beliefs and
societies, by failing to understand peoples beyond our shores and remaining
oblivious to the hatred our policies have created our lives have been made less
safe, not more, condemning us to a fear that has augmented our already paranoid
schizophrenia even more. The colossal mistakes in Iraq, Vietnam, the continued
support of Israeli dehumanization of the Palestinians and our continued shunning of
the global community are testament to the decline of world knowledge and the
exponentially-growing ignorance that only serves to endanger our lives and further
alienate the billions who once admired what America once stood for. 

Cocooned and protected by a bubble that insulates us from the truths and realities
affecting billions living at the edge of starvation, suffering, indigence and under
constant threats of disease and death, we rejoice in our own arrogance and perceived
omnipotence. Unfeeling and apathetic humans we have become to a planet and its
inhabitants that more and more depend on the interconnectedness of man and synergy
of nations to survive from the disaster humankind always seems to unearth. Yet
instead of embracing the rest of humanity we isolate ourselves from it, hiding
behind our wealth, our gluttony, our arrogance, our perceived aura of superiority
and our incredible and ever-growing ignorance both of ourselves and the rest of
humanity. 

The Black Hole of American Education

In a nation of vast wealth, tremendous resources and great diversity one would
expect ignorance to be extinct, intelligence to be all-encompassing and world and
human knowledge to be absolute. Instead, in America we find the opposite to be true.
Our educational system, reeling from under-funding, incompetence and a crater-like
hole of indifference, resembles the quality of learning one would expect in an
under-developed nation in Africa, where per capita investment in education is worth
$8 dollars per year. The education system has failed miserably in the last few
decades to instill the knowledge in our children necessary to foster free-thinking
and analytical minds capable of being privy to the past history and present course
of human existence. 

Today, education to the vast majority of Americans is a fiasco. Instead of
liberating minds it is enslaving children, programming our young to always stay in
between the lines, becoming obedient drones whose independent thoughts are
superceded by the corporate and state dictates. Textbooks and curricula distort
American history, brainwashing our future to a revisionist past that fails to convey
the state terrorism, genocide, ethnic cleansing, enslavement, incessant war and
crimes against humanity it took to secure the home of the free and the land of the
brave. The whitewashing of our past crimes, and what it took to achieve our present
wealth, has been erased from memory, instead giving way to the fictional romance and
revisionist nostalgia of how the United States became the Empire it is today.

By failing to teach history, with its plethora of lessons and truisms for
understanding who and what we are, our government is making sure that it is
repeated, once again to condemn entire generations for the mistakes they will
commit. For those who have no concept of humanity nor its easily decipherable
nuances and behaviors that manifest themselves through the eons of human existence
will only repeat the errors of times past that perpetually linger in the human
condition. 

By preaching and indoctrinating that our nation can do no wrong, that it epitomizes
the enlightenment of human thought, that we stand on the moral high ground of human
affairs and that our government seeks only the protection of freedom, liberty and
democracy is to do our progeny a great disservice, for to live in delusion and
fiction only assures that all that is purged from historyís texts will resurface.
The naïve assumption and distorted belief in our grandeur and altruism, simply
because the state makes it so, robs us of understanding of why today the world hates
America. 

Instead of thinking on our own, demanding answers, seeking accountability and
questioning authority we acquiesce to the terrorism the state spawns around the
globe, its grip and control over our lives, and the crimes against humanity
committed in our name. But because we have been trained to believe in the sanctity
and perceived goodness of the state, where it has our best interests at heart, where
it never lies and is incapable of the worst horrors of human evil, we fail to halt
the handful of miscreants that power has endowed with our collective destiny. 

The economic genocide labeled ësanctionsí imposed on Iraq in the 1990ís that
exterminated up to a million and a half human beings, 2/3 of them children, is a
perfect example of the wickedness our government is capable of unleashing thanks to
our silent passivity. The murder of three million Vietnamese by bombings, chemical
poison and endemic disease and indigence brought on by American devastation is
another poignant example. 

The so called ëwar on terrorí, and our indisputable belief in its valid
implementation by the state, allows us to see the blind faith we place in a
government that has mutated into a tool for the corporate Leviathan and the
military-industrial complex. Never do we question or seek the truth to what might
very well be a fiction that only serves to enrich wicked capitalists through the
implementation of fear to control the populace and the introduction of perpetual war
for perpetual profit. 

The fictional war on terror is designed to breed insecurity and fear so that
assembly lines continue spitting out profit and the corporatist ideology of total
power and control arises. Enemies are thus manufactured, much like those Communist
Reds we were once conditioned to hate and fear, thereby planting paranoia and
schizophrenia onto a populace that blindly wraps itself around the flag every time
our elected leaders press the buttons of psychological manipulation. It is because
of our inability to stand up and question the state that this ëwar on terrorí
charade will continue to haunt our waking conscious and devastate our
exponentially-growing fragile psyches.

It is our government that is perpetuating the vicious cycle of violence and whose
actions will result in real terror being imported to our cities and streets. It is
our government that, through our inability to question authority, will assure that
perpetual conflict never ceases and terror remains planted firmly in our minds. The
eternal darkness of the American mind is therefore helping to cement fear,
insecurity and psychological stresses on our present population and future progeny. 

American education has and continues to create unthinking automatons trained to
follow the decrees of the state and the mandates of authority. Trained to never
think for themselves, children are today prepared for standardized tests while being
denied important liberal arts subject matter that instill analytical thinking,
creativity and inquisitive thought. Thanks to the evisceration of educational
funding and the appointment of George Bush to the White House, however, millions of
children are today being programmed like robots, robbing them of intellect,
knowledge and the power of liberation that education engenders. This is not by
coincidence, as the corporate owners of government have succeeded in creating a
populace whose only function is to become the slave labor of the capitalist elite. 

Millions of children, many bursting with incredible talent and ability, are being
deprived of opportunity, instead destined to remain fragmented in their allotted
caste, becoming the work force of the corporatist few, content to sacrifice the keys
to mobility for the comfort of exploitation. With minds that do not think or
question, the few controlling the reigns of our society are free to implement the
tools to further empower themselves at the expense and degradation of the masses. It
is when the people are ignorant to what is being done to them that the powerful have
succeeded in spawning the eternal darkness of the American mind. This is our reality
today.

As American as Apple Pie

Conditioned through shows, movies and all-too real video games to violence, war,
death and destruction, our minds easily accept the horrors of war and human evil
unleashed by the state. War and violence has become as American as apple pie,
resurfacing every decade to grease up the assembly line of death and the conveyor
belts of human destruction. We have become rapacious animals addicted to bombs,
bullets, explosions and guns, seeing in ourselves a Rambo society needy of enemies
and battles. We are a war culture, carefully cultivated by the state and the
corporate world, breast-fed the sanitized and whitewashed parameters of violence. In
our minds, death and destruction are but special effects, the enemy a necessary
entity providing the blood and guts that grace our monitors and screens. 

To us, war remains a PG-13 or R rated Hollywood produced movie or show, full of
pyrotechnics and special effects, heroes and enemies, good guys and bad dudes. Yet
our love for war and violence is based on the fictions and creations of Hollywood,
offering us only a detached semblance of reality. This, in turn, becomes our
perception of real war, death and destruction, a completely distorted view of a
reality that hundreds of millions worldwide have experienced. 

In America, war is a video game, a Hollywood action movie where blood and guts are
spilled and the hero, usually the US, is always declared the winner. The enemy,
nowadays Arab bogeymen, are ingrained into our minds as the propaganda used to
condition us to the war on terror is inculcated into society. In truth, the horror
of war and violence, excluding 9/11, is as alien to our lands and cities as the
sheer misery befalling billions of humans living outside our shores. It is because
our nation has been safe for so long that we fail to understand violence and hinder
war. Europe, after centuries of war, finally understands that war and violence are
not a solution to anything human or a means to a viable end.

Our answer to trouble is always in the form of a smart bomb or a guided missile or
through the barrel of a gun. Yet it is brains, not brawn, that makes humans out of
animals. It is our humanity, not our weaponry, that brings about solutions. It is
intelligence and knowledge, not ignorance and arrogance, that creates friends and
brings forth adoration. Force can never foster emulation; occupation can never win
hearts and minds; guns can never birth democracy; state terrorism can never defeat
the hatred and thirst for vengeance it unearths. Five beheadings of Americans can
never become more barbaric than the aerial bombing of cities, where hundreds of
innocents are dismembered, maimed, killed and yes, even beheaded. We do not possess
the monopoly on the moral high ground, and if a few beheadings are barbaric and
medieval, then what are we to call the terrorism raining down from the sky above
that exterminates and maims men, women and children? 

Our government is as much a terrorist as those in Beslam, Bali, New York and Madrid.
It is time we stop thinking ourselves the enlightened culture we are not. It is time
to stop a hypocrisy that seems to validate the atrocities we commit while
castigating those made against us. Up to 30,000 Iraqis have died from our candy-like
cluster bombs, guided missiles, rampaging soldiers and hollow-tipped bullets. In our
name the government falsely imprisoned thousands, raped hundreds and tortured untold
numbers of innocents. In our name tens of thousands have been injured and millions
now suffer the effects of our occupation. Letís stop the bull manure. Our silence
makes us all complicit in the state sponsored terrorism the Bush administration and
the US military have exported into Iraq. Iraqi lives are not worth less than
American ones simply because they are Arab or possess darker skin or believe in a
different religion. They are human, like you and me, breathing air and bleeding red,
burying loved ones and living under constant fear, so stop the hypocrisy. 

American society must escape the chains of bondage our minds are presently trapped
in. The dungeon that is our conditioned psychology must be burned to the ground if
we are to exorcise the brainwashed demons that linger in our beliefs and society. We
must do this to free the young from the darkness encircling them. They are our
future, and our hopes, and must not be made to suffer the pandemic presently
strangulating our society. Let us not condemn another generation of Americans to the
virus destroying free thought. If we do they will be made to suffer from a perpetual
fear and an incessant insecurity, forever fighting, killing and dying as cannon
fodder for the corporate wars for profit and power. If we fail them they will grow
up lacking the freedoms and rights we once took for granted. 

Into the tunnel of the surreal 

American society at the beginning of the 21st century is undergoing a monumental
transformation into dimensions bordering on the surreal. As capitalism exerts
tremendous pressure on parents to become machine-like, efficient-seeking,
Puritanical work ethic slaves of the corporate Leviathan the television has become
parent, teacher, role model and best friend to Americaís youth. 

It is manipulating, conditioning, brainwashing and programming their minds, creating
obedient drones and unthinking sloths. Attention spans are being made extinct,
collective amnesia is all-encompassing and anti-depressants are replacing candy as
our childrenís yummy treats. Relevant news and valuable knowledge are considered
boring, not fast-paced or hip enough in a society born with a remote control in
hand. Reading, the great empowerer of minds, has been all but abandoned by our young
generations, replaced by the video game and the television. If books bring
knowledge, which enables power, then television creates ignorance, which fosters
mental indigence. Parents have stopped teaching, rearing, raising, disciplining and
loving. Children have stopped learning the concepts of human interaction; they are
losing all semblances of empathy, discipline and knowledge. The corporation now owns
our youthís future; the state now engineers their minds. 

Capitalism has eroded happiness while birthing depression. It has programmed us for
its wars and crimes, making us subservient and acquiescent beings. Like a marionette
it controls us, pulling all the strings to get its desired results. Into the tunnel
of the surreal our society finds itself, trapped in darkness, shackled to murky
walls of shame, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yet unable to move an inch
away from the corrosive grip the latter stages of capitalism have on us. 

In time this economic form of governance will implode upon itself. The wickedness of
its existence and the demons of human nature it resurrects make this truism an
inevitability. The exploitation, subjugation, and greed it fosters will one day soon
force it to collapse under its own weight. Too many people are made to suffer; too
much inequality and injustice roams the planet. The symptoms of its disease are
presently wreaking havoc on American society. The signs are visible to anyone who
can see how fast the degeneration of America has taken place, coinciding with the
enormous rise of crony capitalism that has created unsustainable levels of
consumerism, materialism, waste, unhappiness, corruption and greed. 

The implosion of what today we call capitalism might take ten years before it
commences, perhaps fifty, yet in human history this is but a hiccup of time, a mere
nanosecond in the vast history of Earth. The love of the almighty dollar and her
sister greed will be the downfall of the capitalist elite and the sinister form of
governance that continues to devastate American society, our Earth, its lands, air,
water and inhabitants. The eternal darkness of the American mind is but one more
sign of an inevitability that is beginning to creep over the horizon. 

In time, it will be the masses who will one day awake, once more ready, willing and
able to experience a human renaissance, standing up in the face of everything
malevolent that has taken place, demanding change and an evolved form of economic
governance based upon the principles of equality, justice, morality and worldwide
humanity. The vicious circle of capitalism, where only the few benefit and the many
are in essence enslaved cannot sustain its circular motion for very much longer. The
weight of its own crimes and the decline of its historical path are cracking its
foundations. 

Soon, the eternal darkness of the American mind will dissipate, allowing us the
freedom to once more gaze upon the horizon where we can see the magnificent sunrise
that has for too long been denied but that will finally rise to show us the path to
a better day. 

Manuel Valenzuela is social critic and commentator, international affairs analyst,
Internet columnist and author of Echoes in the Wind, a novel to be published in mid
October of 2004 by Authorhouse.com.  A collection of essays, Beyond the Smoking
Mirror: Reflections on America and Humanity, will be published in early 2005. His
articles appear regularly in alternative news websites including
informationclearinghouse.info. His unique style and powerful writing is read
internationally and seeks to expose truths and realities confronting humanity today.
 Mr. Valenzuela welcomes comments and can be reached at manuel@valenzuelas.net.  A
collection of many of his essays and articles can be found here: Articles by Manuel
Valenzuela, 2004
Copyright: Manuel Valenzuelas.


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