Despite claims to the contrary, the US has a state-sponsored and supported religion.
Like all religions, it has its dogma, a group of fundamental beliefs, that are accepted “on faith,” without any physical proof. And like all religions, it has its clerics/priests, an organized structure for its support, and the priests have their own body of laws inviolate from laws governing the common people.
The high priest of this religion is the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. He makes religious pronouncements, which have enormous effect, and do little to explain the dogma – rather they make understanding the dogma more difficult. The goal is to confuse the masses, and insulate the priesthood. Clearly, only He can talk directly to God, because when he explains, the message is incomprehensible.
The high council, analogous to Cardinals in another church, is the collective presidents of the other Central Banks. They make policy recommendations, support the High Priest, and spread the Word.
The “archbishops” are the heads of the various banking firms, including banks, trust companies, credit unions, insurance companies, and hedge funds. Although we do wonder if the hedge funds serve as Hell. Their goal in life is to influence the decisions of the high council and the high priest, and to impose and enforce the decisions of their superiors to the regional groups of the faithful.
The local clergy are the talking heads on TV, especially the business programs. They support the decisions of the church, and preach according to the dogma, to their local congregations.
Now, we come to the laity. This group is more than the common people, because there is the 1% of parishioners upon whom the church relies for support. The church is well aware that they require the support and co-operation of these “senior laity” members. Lastly, we have the ordinary parishioners, who historically have simply believed what they were told by the local priest and who greatly support the church with their contributions. The people are called 401k holders.
Oops! We’ve identified the church, but maybe we should take a moment to identify the God – or maybe we already have. Of course, it’s M-O-N-E-Y. We’ve placed it at the center of our society, and have built our society around it. How many of you remember that it didn’t used to be this way? The young don’t. Our focus on Mammon is rending our society. If we don’t take the time to discuss the dogmas and their effects, our society will fall apart, and we will only have ourselves to blame.
We remember a time when people called out to each other as they walked down the street, and neighbor greeted neighbor. When someone was in need, the neighborhood reached out to help. This is how society works; by helping one another, everyone is shown that they are valued – and society is strengthened by the expression of sincere interest in the welfare and best interests of each other (now called socialism). These days, the social contract is breaking down, because everyone is being actively encouraged to put their own greed ahead of society’s needs. The end result of such a decline is the replacement of society by a large group of individuals, with individual needs and wants which may conflict with the needs and wants of their neighbors. This decline, if left unopposed, will lead to the breakdown of society, because everyone puts their own interests first.
Simply stated, selfish disinterest has never worked. It results in fights and discord, because people see no further than their own noses. One can’t have a society if everyone focuses on their own needs. Society cannot exist in such an environment.