Yesterday, was Independence day in America, the land of opportunities.
An America where Bezos is hailed as a hero, instead women and men couriers who, in the midst of the pandemic’s rage, jerked as flipper balls from house to house to bring us groceries and make us feel more secure.
An America where the stellar sums paid by citizens to insure their health are redistributed within the narrow circle of insurance and pharmaceutical companies shareholders, while nurses and doctors struggle for more than 12 hours a day being paid barely higher than the average wage.
An America where the dejected bring down statues, erasing collective memory, while idolising Google, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Facebook, and Microsoft who are creating a new memory of their own, moulded to facilitate their new dictatorship.
An America where the above ‘Silicon Six’ pay no, or little, Federal Taxes, and where congresspersons meet yearly, with sad faces, and announced they had to raise the Federal debt ceiling.
An America where the incontrovertible science about men’s action on climate is ridiculed as a Communist conspiracy and a Swedish handicapped girl’s path to popularity.
An America where we censor “Gone with the Wind”, because it is so much easier than telling todays’ real truths and act on institutionalised multi-ethnic racism decisively.
An America where the Democratic party could do no better than opposing to the current President’s delirium an adorable Grandpa with no ideas of his own (and many of his lobbyists).
An America where freedom of the press now extends to the fabricated truths new and traditional media thrive on, because cross-checking a ‘story’ has become as useless and time-consuming as to read a book.
An America where the Stock Exchange has ceased to be an instrument to achieve the American dream, and became instead the place where the Federal Reserve pour unsubstantiated newly printed dollars into the bank accounts of the super-rich.
Yesterday, was Independence day in America. And this is what I have wished to my American friends: independence from big-pharma, from insurers, from the new digital dictators, from the Stock Exchange, from news outlets, from the lobby-driven political system, from advertisement.
From once being the new land of markets, America today has become the receptacle of all the known (and yet unchartered) market failures. It is said that the system has become too complex to disentangle. But I still believe that America has women and men who can turn things around spectacularly. Only, the window of opportunity is closing fast.