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Well, the problem is that the real religion of the US is economic and social discrimination. It doesn't have an official name, which makes it difficult to challenge.  But it does have all of the trappings of a cult. There's a uniform - the business suit - the daily ritual of stock quotes and analysis, and fortune telling in the form of long term financial forecasts.

This isn't just metaphor. A lot of capitalist activity is no more useful - and sometimes far more destructive - than pyramid building. In reality-based terms it's nothing more than a slightly symbolic version of spinning a hamster wheel, apparently for the pleasant sensation of making it go around and around. Supposedly this equates to Progress, which is of course inevitable.

But progress rarely seems to be progressive. And even when it is progressive, social and cultural innovation never seems to be driven by the leaders of the financial cult.

Christianity provides a useful herding tool for keeping the masses huddled and starving. But it's only a tool, not the central focus of belief - which is Wall Street, towards which everyone bows, and from which all blessings flow. (If you're not one of the poor.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 07:00:31 AM EST
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