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Here though, we'll examine how we can still live richer, even if we can't actually get rich.
How to truly make your life better
In theory a society can turn all the previous crap I described on its head. As other nations have already done so in some cases, I don't see why America couldn't as well.
No. It'd increase it a little. But the odds would still be strongly against you.
No, upsetting the apple cart for the psychopaths would basically just make your life considerably easier than it is today.
But there's always a trade off. No free lunch.
So what would the flip side of this particular change be?
The US military budget would be down-sized to something more like that of a normal country's. We'd no longer fund trillion dollar projects to find ways to kill people faster.
The US intelligence budget would be down-sized proportionally, too.
But why slash the military and intelligence budgets to a tiny fraction of what they are circa 2006?
Because that's where most of the government and corporate insider crime is taking place.
|-- 42% of Your Taxes Pay for War found on or about 4-12-06|
Huge gobs of the money now being spent there are either doing nothing at all to strengthen us militarily or intelligence-wise, or actually being used to weaken us in those ways instead. If the truth could be known. Which of course it can't, as the insiders demand much of this money must be spent by them in secret, with no oversight whatsoever. Just trust them, they tell us.
If we're not permitted to know what they spend it on, it makes it much easier for them to steal it. So let them keep their secrets. But cut their real budgets by at least 90% so they can't bleed us so badly with their untraceable thefts.
"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions"
No, instead we'd have to make friends and strike up deals and agreements which benefit others as much as ourselves. Wouldn't that be awful? That we'd have to agree to decent minimum wages for workers everywhere (including here). That we'd have to cut back on pollution and breathe cleaner air, and be healthier. That we'd have to dismantle our weapons of mass destruction, and so would everyone else (for ALL the developed nations would pounce on any laggards in this regard, if the same rules applied to us all).
Yes, we'd have to become good and trustworthy neighbors to the other nations of the world.
With the threat of invasion and terrorism from us diminished, other countries would despise us less, and external threats to our own security would deflate.
Humanity would likely face improved chances for long term survival and prosperity too, with the sole world superpower no longer pursuing weapons of mass destruction R&D. R&D which in the past has been the primary source for the weapons war mongers and terrorists have used against everyone-- including us.
The anthrax bacteria which bedeviled the USA on the heels of the 9-11-01 attacks apparently came or was derived from the USA's own original biological weapons stocks from the 1960s (the anthrax development program ended in 1969). The particular type used in the attacks is known as the Ames strain.
The main US stocks were destroyed after 1969, but samples were kept and distributed for various reasons.
-- Anthrax bacteria likely to be US military strain by Debora MacKenzie; 24 October 01; New Scientist; newscientist.com
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