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June 23, 2017

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  1. Brother Nathanael June 23, 2017 @ 12:39 am

    Text –Text– Text
    City Of New Orleans
    Adapted By Brother Nathanael

    Riding on the City of New Orleans Illinois Central Monday morning rail
    Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
    Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail
    All along the southbound odyssey the train pulls out at Kankakee
    And rolls along past houses farms and fields
    Passing trains that have no name and freight yards full of old black men
    And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

    Good morning, America. How are you?
    Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
    I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
    Give me five one hundred miles to get the big job done

    Dealing cards with the old men in the club car
    Penny a point, but I’m still keeping score
    Toss the paper bag that holds the bottle
    I’m feeling the rails rumbling ‘neath the floor
    And the sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers
    Have lost their fathers’ carpet made of steel
    Mothers with babes unborn seeking out a steady beat
    And I feel the wheels beneath my feet

    Good morning, America. How are you?
    Don’t you know me? I’m your native son
    I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
    Give me five one hundred miles to get the big job done

    Night time on the City of New Orleans changing cars in Washington DC
    Halfway home we can make it there by morning
    Though the Jewish darkness covering like the sea
    And all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream
    The steel rails have surely heard the news
    The conductor sings a sad lament, the passengers still have the scent
    Though the train purrs a disappearing blues

    Yet…Good morning, America. How are you?
    Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
    I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
    Give me five one hundred miles to get the big job done

  2. Brother Nathanael June 23, 2017 @ 12:40 am

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  3. Brother Nathanael June 23, 2017 @ 12:42 am

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  4. Brother Nathanael June 23, 2017 @ 12:44 am


    I’m in SERIOUS financial trouble. SERIOUS.

    Ever since PayPal BANNED me two months ago I’m in a life and death HORRIBLE struggle to survive. It’s VERY oppressive.

    What has happened is that the MANY monthly-recurring donations that came in automatically via PayPal is OVER.

    This is a BIG BLOW. (I was teetering at the edge when I had PayPal, but now that it has BANNED me, I need to recover my funding base.)

    Sadly, only a few have reverted their monthly-recurring donation to my Click And Pledge venue @

    AND: Patreon is a HUGE failure. ZERO donation pledges on last Video. ZERO.

    I am now in debt.

    Due to the PayPal ban and low numbers of donations, I had to borrow money from a credit card offer so as to barely stay online.

    I’m FORCED to BORROW from yet ANOTHER Credit Card.

    I have sponsorship for my Street Evangelism BUT my online ministry is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

    It is all SO VERY depressing and SO VERY oppressive.

    FOR ME TO CONTINUE I’m requesting special financial assistance via donations during this crisis period…(of which, Christ WILL deliver me.)

    PLEASE CONSIDER floating me a loan for $5,000 or $10,000 and I will arrange a 12 month repayment with a notarized IOU.

    ( Contact me at: bronathanael[at]yahoo[dot]com )

    Click and Pledge is STILL an active Donation Venue for my ministry @

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    God Bless Us All! +Brother Nathanael

  5. The English Man June 23, 2017 @ 2:25 am


    Your magnificent, melodic messianic monk.

    Brother Nathanael Kapner + right tune + right lyrics = BIG HIT!

  6. Michael Martin June 23, 2017 @ 8:56 am

    You have a good voice, young man.

    I appreciate all that you have revealed about the truth. I wish I could send you.

    May God bless you and your family.

  7. Jim Reinhart June 23, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    From a copy of the Cyrillic Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

    I was wondering how familiar anyone is with these people. Some names mentioned

    Maimonides Majmuni (1135-1204)
    Isaac Bernays (1792-1849
    Moses Hess (1812-1875)
    Adam Szemesz (1808-1864)
    Zachariah Frankel (1801-1875)

    Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
    Menasseh Ben Israel (1604-1657)
    Zanimajut Besli (1725-1805)
    Moses Mendelssohn (1728-1786)

    The Haskalah, often termed Jewish Enlightenment

    Proto-Maskilim: Raphael Levi Hannover • Solomon Dubno • Tobias Cohn • Marcus Elieser Bloch

    Berlin Haskalah: Salomon Jacob Cohen • David Friedländer • Hartwig Wessely • Moses Mendelssohn

    Austria and Galicia: Judah Löb Mieses • Solomon Judah Loeb Rapoport • Joseph Perl • Baruch Jeitteles

    Russia: Avrom Ber Gotlober • Abraham Mapu • Samuel Joseph Fuenn • Isaac Baer Levinsohn

    Alex Moskovsky
    Theodore Ger_d Izdavci (1895)
    I. A. Rodionova
    Publication – Ha-Shiloah

    There are other publications and writers from the late 1800s to early 1900s mentioned as well.

    Evidently Jewish Nationalism was a major initiative since the 1600s, as well as the book “History of ZIonism 1600-1918” written by Nahum Sokolow in 2 volumes written for Barron Rothschild and Theodore Herzl.

  8. The White Whale of Good Fortune June 23, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

    @ +BN

    Greetings and blessings unto thee.

  9. B June 23, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

    @Jim Reinhart

    You might search for books and articles that are written by these people that you have listed.

    Many USA city public libraries will freely obtain loans for books from

  10. rrick lineheart June 23, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    The song sure strikes the heart.

    As Illinois Governor said only a few days ago “Illinois is a Banana Republic, actually America is a Banana Republic”….

    The rot and decay continues to spread not only to the infrastructure of this nation but to the people themselves.

    Like a herd of goats, a herd of sheep, and other herd animals divided intentionally and blind not just each other but to the cause and remedy of the problem.

  11. Eileen Kuch June 23, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

    Hello, Br. Nat,

    I’m glad your mission to preach the Gospels in DC was such a success, but i’m sad that donations to your Foundation haven’t risen, although I’m not surprised.

    I especially like your rendition of “City of New Orleans,” originally sung by Arlo Guthrie back in 1972. As I said before, you have a good voice. “The Boxer” was an excellent song, too.

    Just remember, Br. Nat, the Lord has your back. I’ll be sending you another donation within the next week.

    God bless you always,


  12. KathJuliane June 23, 2017 @ 9:43 pm

    Bravo and God bless you, dear +BN, for another outstanding Video and cover of the late Steve Goodman’s great folk song.

    He was born in 1948 in Chicago, raised in a Midwest middle-class Jewish home, and was of the early cohorts of Baby Boomers who hadn’t been raised in the post-Auschwitz theology and $hoah indoctrination.

    I remember you saying that growing up, no one spoke about a “holocaust” on the scale of “6 million Jews who perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz”, but simply that hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in the calamity of WWII along with the millions of other casualties

    My first brush with $hoah indoctrination was in 1971 in college, and the English 1A teacher ran a documentary film with old WWII military footage showing the piles of corpses that succumbed from typhus, and the dramatic shots of the brick crematoria, and other scenes.

    That was the first time I’d heard of the so-called “Final Solution,” and the first thing which occurred to me at the time was that the so-called documentary was shocking, but also emotionally manipulative. There was absolutely no warning what the content would be.

    The English 1A instructor was into student journaling, and he wanted us to express our emotions regarding the film he’d run in class.

    I was irritated by the exercise, and wrote that I thought the entire thing was about “playing head games” with the class. In retrospect, it was only about 4 years after the 1967 Israeli-Arab War.

    I see know that it was the beginnings of the Zionization of Main Street America after Israel-worshiping L. B. Johnson’s administration pushed US foreign policy over into the pro-Israel camp from what was originally a neutral foreign policy between the Arab and Israeli world, and Kennedy had actual Arabists and Orientalists advising him.

    So Steve Goodman had a real heart for America, and I think he had a pretty good thumb on the pulse of Middle America from his folk music.

    He was very much like conservative Jewish kids I’d grown up with in California, who thought of themselves as Americans first, Californians second, and Jews third.

    He died of leukemia in 1984, having spent most of his musical life as writer and performer while in treatment for it, meaning much physical pain and misery. Goodman knew he was living on borrowed time, and he made the best of it.

    It was about the same time that another American folk poet, Don McLean, wrote “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” which came out in 1971. His eight-minute-long “rock and roll American dream” became an anthem for an entire generation’s 50s innocence, the turbulent 60s, and 70s disillusion – and we memorized every line.

    Riding On the City of New Orleans has the same sort of bittersweet tone with melancholy notes.

    I believe Goodman, because he was in such grueling treatment for leukemia and still kept on going, was already sensitive more than others to the early decay and hollowing out of American life which had already set in, particularly in the Steel Belt and the industries of the Mid-West.

    Goodman wrote his song when the City of New Orleans train was still owned and operated by the Illinois Central Railroad. The railroad company’s slogan described the railroad quite well, “The Main Line of Mid-America”

    It was one of only a very few railroads to serve markets with north-south running main lines and not the traditional east-west movements.

    What made its routing even more odd was that it served Midwestern markets that likewise traditionally moved goods east and west, such as Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.

    The City of New Orleans run was also the train taken by America’s songwriters, musicians, singers and poets for over 100 years. As Amtrak, which took over the line, writes:

    Over 900 Miles between Chicago and New Orleans

    Your journey on the City of New Orleans takes you through the heart of our nation’s musical heritage — from Chicago with its world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to Beale Street in Memphis.

    Then, travel the history-laden musical crossroads of Mississippi to New Orleans — the birthplace of jazz.

    You’ll be riding in the shadows of giants of American music like Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley.”

    America’s great railroads, locomotive and train manufacturers, which of course depended greatly on the steel industry, were the first to give way and go into decline, finally pushed aside by the auto and petroleum industry.

    Goodman, the all American Jewish poet and part of our national musical heritage, loved the “Main Line of Mid America” train run, he must have taken the City of New Orleans many times for performances.

    While the Illinois Central’s pullman-status Panama Limited was all about style and class, the railroad’s coach-only status City of New Orleans was all about speed and comfort, routinely covering 934 miles in just 15 hours and 55 minutes with many station stops on the way.

    In his song, Goodman makes melancholic note of the signs of the popular line’s patronage decline which started setting in during the ’60s. I’m old enough to remember when not everyone owned cars, and the sleek, fast silver stream trains would take you anywhere in America.

    In 2005, Arlo Guthrie did a major fundraiser using the City of New Orleans train specifically for New Orleans musicians who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2004.

    Now, the City of New Orleans train, the famous train of America’s poets, musicians, and singers as well as of the Middle America which elected Trump, and other transit services will likely get the ax under Trump’s budget plan.


    ‘Conned’ by Trump: Hundreds of Boeing and Carrier Workers to Lose Their Jobs

    “When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job.”

    In a move that appears to negate President Donald Trump’s numerous vows to fight for American workers at risk of losing their jobs due to corporate outsourcing and layoffs, Boeing told CNN on Thursday that around 200 workers based in South Carolina would be fired in an effort to cut costs.

    The layoffs, according to reports, will come from several factories throughout the state, including one Trump visited just a few months ago.

    “The South Carolina plant was Trump’s first company visit outside the Beltway after he became president,” the Washington Post noted.

    In a memo to employees on Thursday informing them of the layoffs, Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, wrote that “there may be more to come.”

    The news comes just as Carrier, another company Trump has frequently criticized for outsourcing, is set to send 600 of its Indianapolis factory jobs to Mexico, a move many view as a direct refutation to Trump’s boasts and a betrayal of his promises.

    “The jobs are still leaving,” Robert James, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, told CNBC. “Nothing has stopped.”

    T.J. Bray, a long-time Carrier employee who will not lose his job due to seniority, characterized Trump’s promises to workers as more show than substance.

    “To me this was just political, to make it a victory within Trump’s campaign, in his eyes that he did something great,” Bray said in an interview with CNBC. “I’m very grateful that I get to keep my job, and many others, but I’m still disappointed that we’re losing a lot.”

    In addition to promising workers he would fight for their jobs, Trump also bragged that he convinced Carrier to invest $16 million into the Indianapolis plant.

    But, CNBC reported, “United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes [announced] in December that the money would go toward more automation in the factory and ultimately would result in fewer jobs.”

    Lawmakers and organizers warned shortly after Trump announced his “deal” with Carrier that it was a facade. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), argued “Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump.”

    “In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought,” Sanders wrote.

    “Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?”

    Chuck Jones, former president of United Steelworkers 1999, similarly characterized Trump’s public proclamations as misleading.

    “When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job. People went crazy for him,” Jones wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post. “All the while, I’m sitting there, thinking that’s not what the damn numbers say.”

    “These plants are profitable, and the workers produced a good-quality product,” Jones concluded. “Because of corporate greed, though, company leaders are racing to the bottom, to find places where they can pay the least. It’s a system that exploits everyone.”

  13. kevin June 24, 2017 @ 12:14 am

    Every time with maybe one or two exceptions, a presumably automated thank you email came back after making a donation via PayPal.

    Nothing after first donation using Click & Pledge. Still nothing after 5 requests (via response to the occasional pleading email) for confirmation BroN received that donation.

    So this is a more or less final effort to find out what has been going wrong.

    If my request emails never got through, that is a serious issue suggesting methodical interception/diversion by…someone. Or what else?

  14. Henry Ford Was Right! June 24, 2017 @ 12:54 am

    I like the melody to this tune.

    Tell me +BN

    What is your daily diet like? Are you totally vegetarian?


  15. KathJuliane June 24, 2017 @ 8:02 am

    We should never forget that Israhell, in both its Jewish nation-state and diaspora nation-within-a-nation transnational configuration, would not hesitate to strike Americans, encourage someone else to do so, or not stand in the way when they have the intelligence that someone will do so, when it suits their purposes.

    Behold the Israeli wing of the ISIS/Al-Qaeda Air Force!

    Almasdar: Breaking: Jihadist rebels launch large-scale offensive in Golan Heights

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, alongside Jaysh Al-Tawhid, launched a major offensive in the Golan Heights, today, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near their stronghold of Ba’ath City.

    Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (al Nusra Qaeda/ and their allies began the offensive by attacking the Syrian Army’s defenses from their own positions at nearby Al-Hamidiyah and Al-Samdaniyah Al-Gharbiyah.

    According to a military source, intense clashes are ongoing near Ba’ath City, as the jihadist rebels try to break-through the Syrian Army’s front-lines defenses.

    The source added that the Syrian Air Force is high alert due to the Israeli military’s presence in the [Occupied Syrian Territory] Golan Heights.

    Syrian military intelligence officers believe Israel is coordinating this offensive in the Golan Heights and will not hesitate to shoot down government airplanes.


    South Front: Israel Air Force Strikes Syrian Army Artillery Pieces And Battle Tanks In Quneitra Province

    The Israeli military announced on Saturday that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) destroyed undefined number of artillery pieces, battle tanks belonging to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Syrian province of Quneitra.

    The Israeli claimed in a statement that 10 shells fired from the Syrian side had fallen in the [Occupied Syrian Territory] Golan Heights and the airstrikes were a response to this. Hoever, Israel didn’t say that the SAA had fired the shells.

    Since the Saturday morning, Al-Bath city in Quneitra has been under an attack from Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.

    Many pro-government source reported that HTS and some Free Syrian Army groups have repeatedly open fire on the Israeli-held territory in order to provoke Israeli military strikes on the SAA .

    Israel argues that only the SAA has a responsibility of any firing on the Israeli-held areas. Many believe that this Israel policy is clearly sided and aimed at supporting of terrorist groups fighting against the SAA on the Golan Heights front.

    Al Masdar: BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, Israeli warplanes targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Golan Heights, inflicting heavy damage on the government defenses near Ba’ath City. [Two Syrian army personnel reported killed elsewhere].

    According to a military source in the Golan Heights, the Israeli Air Force destroyed one tank and one shilka after claiming the Syrian military fired a mortar shell into the occupied areas.

    The source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian military did not fire any mortar shells or rockets towards the occupied areas of the Golan Heights, adding that it is an excuse the Israeli forces constantly use to justify their attacks.

    Following the bombing, the Al-Qaeda linked “Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham” militants stormed the Syrian Army’s positions, where they are currently engaged in a fierce battle to take control of this region.

  16. Zionien June 24, 2017 @ 2:37 pm


    That is: Jew Worms Be Damned – And They CERTAINLY WILL be!!!+

  17. Seek The Truth June 24, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    People who praise Brother Nathanael but refuse to give him even one dollar, the cost of a cup of coffee, I’m not certain are qualified to go to Heaven. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.

    I like the “City of New Orleans” partly because I like trains. Like hoboes jumping from one boxcar to another, we tend to jump from one fad to another.

    The latest fad is, of course, to blame White people for everything. But if it wasn’t for White people, there would be no Black millionaires and most Blacks would be living in poverty worse than a hut in Africa next to a crocodile infested river!

    The “Black Lives Matter” movement and other Black hate groups sponsored by Jews to destroy the White Christian population of the U.S. with violent crime, drugs and the rape of White females is just more communist Jew filthy trash.

  18. Brother Nathanael June 24, 2017 @ 4:48 pm


    Send your donation again (by Click and Pledge) and I will be SURE to thank you @

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  19. Brother Nathanael June 24, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

    @Henry Ford Was Right!

    I’ve been on a vegetarian diet since 1991.

    Then I went on a Vegan diet in 2005 as an adjunct to my Street Evangelism to give me an “ascetic” edge. +bn

  20. KathJuliane June 24, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

    Dear Jim Reinhart,

    I’m familiar with most of the names, significant ones in terms of Jewish diaspora migration and history and their impacts in Gentile lands.

    I’m intrigued that you found them in association with a version of the Protocols in Cyrillic.

    I’ll get back to you in a couple of days after I wind up and post something I promised another member of the RJN family a couple of months back but was slowed down by health issues.

  21. kevin June 24, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    BroN wrote: @kevin Send your donation again (by Click and Pledge) and I will be SURE to thank you…

    Fine, a thank you is nice but not my real concern and earlier query remains unanswered – did all or any of those 5 request for confirmation emails get through or not?

    If for some reason you chose to ignore them, just say so with no need to explain why.

    Otherwise, to repeat – it is a serious matter if some 3rd party has been intercepting and/or diverting ‘private’ emails sent from me via

    I need to know what actually has happened.

  22. Brother Nathanael June 24, 2017 @ 9:53 pm


    The email: is ONLY for send outs.

    I DON’T RECEIVE emails at

    This is why I NEVER got your requests.

    All emails to me (as on the home page and elsewhere on this site) should be sent to: brothernathanaelfoundation[at]yahoo[dot][com]

    Or bronathanael[at]yahoo[dot][com]

  23. kevin June 25, 2017 @ 1:19 am

    Thanks BroN.

    On checking back re earlier correspondence (like 4 years ago!) yes, it was using that first above address you gave.


  24. KathJuliane June 25, 2017 @ 10:31 am

    Well, I’m shocked, shocked, I tell ya.

    Haaretz: Istanbul: Police Use Rubber Bullets, Dogs to Break Up Banned Gay Pride March

    Citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group, Istanbul’s governor had banned the event


    Now, if that wasn’t enough for the Social Justice Snowflakes to suffer in anything but silence:

    Haaretz: Chicago ‘Dyke March’ Bans Jewish Pride Flags: ‘They Made People Feel Unsafe’

    Dyke March organizers removed participants waving Jewish Pride flags because they were ‘triggering’ [Jewish Pride flags have the Zionist hexagram on rainbow stripes].

  25. KathJuliane June 25, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    Dear Jim Reinhart,

    If you haven’t read it, my suggestion is to read +BN’s in depth Article The Jews Who Wrote The Protocols Of Zion:

  26. Albert June 25, 2017 @ 3:59 pm

    Thank you +BN for another great video, with wonderful singing and appropriate choice of edited lyrics!!


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  27. Kalin June 25, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    “Though the Jewish darkness covering like the sea”

    Good jab at the Jewish author of the original, Steve Goodman and the Jew Arlo Guthrie who first put it on the charts.

    Keep after em, Brother Nate!

  28. KathJuliane June 27, 2017 @ 11:27 am

    Mint Press News: The Death Of America’s Common Man

    By Michael Brenner

    Modern America’s obsession with self and success has killed off what once was an honorable American archetype, the Common Man, who was the nation’s backbone for generations.

    America’s Common Man exists no more – gone and forgotten. Once he was lauded as the salt of the earth – our country’s embodiment of what made us special, of what made the great democratic experiment successful, of what made of the United States the magnetic pole for the world’s masses.

    Politicians paid their rhetorical respects, poets exalted him in paeans of praise, Aaron Copland composed a “Fanfare for the Common Man” suite. It was an honorable term, an effective shorthand for the Working Man, the Artisan and the Shopkeeper, the clerk.

    All now passed from our language and from our consciousness. Instead, we are offered the “hard working middle-class people who pay their taxes, obey the law and worry about their children’s future.” The linguistic dross of the hackneyed stump speech.

    Loss of the Common Man is not due to progressive economic realities and a naturally evolving political culture.

    More educated Americans are caught in the grip of long-term stagnation than ever before, they have less likelihood of social mobility than ever before, more have every reasonable expectation that their children will be worse off than they are, more are politically marginalized by a party system that serves up a restricted menu of options which effectively disenfranchises 25 percent or so of voters.

    The Common Man has lost the attention as well as the concern of the country’s elites. He has been marginalized in every respect but one – he is a sovereign audience for a pop culture that provides a heady brew of distractions.

    In that realm of fantasy, he reigns supreme while the serious action which shapes his life takes place elsewhere.

    Today, to call a person common is an insult, just as we have degraded the term working class. The connotations are heavily pejorative – they’re failures, they’re losers, they had the American Dream within reach but lacked the will and the spirit to grab it.

    It is natural, and just, that they should live out their lives on scant rations. It’s their own fault.

    This Victorian ethic grounded in Social Darwinism has now been restored as part of the national creed.

    Dressing Up Selfishness

    Fitted out in the post-modern fancy dress of market fundamentalist economics, Ayn Randish homilies of narcissistic egomania, and a parade of revivalist Christian sects that mix New Age Salvation with balm for anxious egos, this beggar-thy-neighbor ideology dominates our public discourse.

    It has put on the back foot those who still adhere to the enlightened humanism, which propelled progressive thinking and policy for a century.

    All this is no accident. Powerful interests have orchestrated a relentless campaign for more than 40 years to reconfigure American life in accord with their reactionary aims and principles.

    This is now obvious to anyone who cares to look. The key questions are: why have so few cared to look, and why the ease with which the crusade has won converts, fellow travelers and the acquiescence of the country’s elites.

    The distressing truth of our times is that the Common Man has been abandoned by those elites – in politics, in government, in journalism, in professional associations, in academia. The most cursory monitoring of what they do and say – and, equally, what they don’t do and say – makes that manifestly clear.

    Personal acquaintance with those elites confirms it. It is a fair generalization that they care little, are preoccupied with their own careers and pastimes, possess only a feeble sense of social obligation, and are smugly complacent.

    Money is the common denominator in all of this. But why? These are the people whose material well-being is best protected from the vagaries of a globalized economy, from the predations of big finance and big business. Yes, it is true that they are concerned about preserving their fine houses, sending their children to the top schools, having substantial nest eggs, and enjoying generous health care.

    Yes, avarice and moral courage are not compatible human traits.

    However, none of their comforts is threatened by public policies that conform to the New Deal consensus which most of them at one time shared (or their parents shared).

    In objective terms, the greatest potential threat to their well-being lurks in the plutocratic structures that control our public affairs, the effects of gross and growing income mal-distribution, and the lurch toward mindless Rightest nostrums by both parties.

    Escaping Social Responsibility

    We should look elsewhere to explain the wholesale flight from responsibility by America’s elites.

    Social anthropology offers more insight than does a crude political-economic calculus. At the heart of the matter is status anxiety.

    All layers of society struggle with status deprivation or status insecurity.

    It is most acute among those whose education and ambition have made them ultra-sensitive to insignia of rank and marks of achievement. They can’t live happily without tangible signs of their having a place that honors their efforts and satisfies their pride.

    Money is that tangible sign. It always has been in America where inherited class position never was wholly secure and easily uprooted by the winds of a constant social shuffling.

    Americans always have been consumed by an endless, open-ended status competition. That generates anxiety since there is never enough positive status to go around.

    Status is a finite commodity as most are destined to find out to their surprise and frustration.

    Nowadays, people who see themselves as uncommon winners can’t be bothered by the plight of the Common Man.

    What has changed to make the contemporary American so anxiously self-absorbed when placed in historical context?

    Above all, there is the deepening of our narcissistic culture. We are now a society where growing numbers recognize no external communal standard to measure and appraise their conduct – or their worth.

    The collective superego is shriveled. The self is the only valid pole of reference. That self directs its attention with near exclusivity to its own wants and expectations.

    It is almost as if the new categorical imperative is to think of oneself alone whenever and wherever possible. To give priority to any other claim on us is taken as unnatural, i.e. something that has to be justified rather than instinctive or ingrained.

    The Godfather’s self-serving plaint that “I did it for my family” is widely adopted as the all purpose excuse for selfish acts of malfeasance or non-commission which, in an earlier time, would be felt by many to be irresponsible – if not downright shameless.

    The axial precept “Let humanity be the ultimate measure of all that we do” was the gyroscope for the enlightened social humanism fostered during the second half of the Twentieth Century. It no longer balances and orients us.

    Why Not?

    Why then not betray a public trust when doing so (seemingly) advances my political ambitions?

    Why level with a distressed populace when “America is back!” strikes such a sonorous upbeat note? Why not defer to the latest doomed escalation abroad dear to an incoming President when skepticism endangers funding, access and visibility?

    Why not avoid critical columns that expose a naked untruth when the entire political class in going along with the convenient myth that Social Security is part of the Treasury’s budget and a cause of the deficit?

    Why not trade in my senior government post for a lavish corporate life style since notions of the collective good and of the public trust are subversive of the individual enterprise that makes this country great?; besides, there’s my family’s financial security to think about.

    Why irritate campaign contributors when pulling your punches supposedly means that your well-intentioned self can be kept in office for another two or six years?

    Why not conceal from readers the knowledge of systematic civil liberties violations when not printing the truth may give you access to other truths more fit to print?

    Why call attention to yourself by teaching the untutored and uninformed of how twisted their nation’s public discourse has become?

    Why not be an accomplice to torture when doing so opens a spot at the Pentagon trough for the American Psychological Association?

    Why not hide your head in the sand to avoid the discomfort of resisting the assault on the law if you are an officer of a Bar Association?

    Why should a law school Dean or senior faculty stick his neck out when the Koch Bros are offering lush funding to establish Law & Economics programs that just happen to promote market fundamentalist principles?

    These are the persons who will have to stand up front before the bar of History – because they knew better, should have known better, were expected to know better. …

    If I have good reason to sublimate all this, why have I a duty to the Common Man – the ordinary citizen?

    My status, my rank, do not depend on it. My financial well-being does not dictate it. To pose the question this way is to anticipate the convenient answer.

    Yet, we know one thing for certain:

    When the “common man” dies, the America that the world marveled at for 250 years dies with him.

  29. john trauger June 27, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

    @ +BN

    Thanks so much!

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