Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hierarchies Keep Us NOT Number One

According to an article today by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, we in the United States may fancy ourselves to be number one in men's professional basketball, people like Katy Perry, use of iPhones to post on Facebook, aircraft carriers, and blame for the C.I.A.

But when it comes to livability, we definitely are way down the list. And as the conservatives who want to conserve hierarchies become even more blatant in their efforts, the rest of us who are charged with generating the resources to send up to the top will continue to feel our lives become even more difficult.

We will fall even lower than the ranking of 16th we currently hold.

Kristof suggests change starts with education and health care. However, conservatives will consider those social reforms after we keep funding the military, so to continue their elusion that even if our middle class is falling apart, we will still be Number One on the world hierarchy if we have the biggest guns.