The “Crapification” of the U.S. Economic system Is Now Full – Funding Watch


by Charles Hugh-Smith

The crapification of the U.S. economic system is now full. The one factor left is the tiresome ready for the implosion of your complete travesty of a mockery of a sham.

The U.S. economic system has basically modified, and never for the higher. There are quite a few dynamics behind this decay, and I’ll talk about a couple of of the extra consequential ones this month.

One consequential dynamic few mainstream pundits dare talk about is the “crapification” of your complete U.S. economic system. That isn’t my description, “crapification” is now in frequent use. If the phrase offends you, substitute terminal decay of high quality, competitors, utility, sturdiness, repairability and customer support.

One side no one appears to note is the transformation from a society that after drew its id from producing high quality items and providers to a society that attracts its id from consuming crapified items and providers. Now that People outline themselves by consuming, they’re enslaved to consumption: to restrict consumption is to vanish–and ‘spending time” on social media is a type of consumption, even when no items or providers are bought instantly, as one’s consideration / time are helpful commodities.

In different phrases, People have been educated like Pavlov’s canines to eat, regardless of how poor the standard and repair. We simply purchase it anyway, and grumble over the decaying high quality and repair–however we received’t take the one motion that might influence firms and the federal government: cease shopping for the services. Choose out, drop out, make it at dwelling, cancel the service, simply cease shopping for abysmally made junk and pathetically poor providers.

Firms and the federal government are monopolies or quasi-monopolies, and they also don’t need to care whether or not clients are appalled by poor high quality and repair: they know the client has to eat no matter is obtainable, regardless of how crapified.

Go forward and problem nugatory warranties, merchandise designed to fail, merchandise designed to be unrepairable, software program that’s routinely declared out of date so now we have to purchase the brand new crapified model that calls for insane quantities of reminiscence and processing energy–go forward, as a result of the herd will proceed shopping for the identical rubbish services as a result of to cease consuming is unthinkable: I eat, subsequently I’m.

Governments know now we have no alternative and since we proceed electing the identical “greatest democracy cash should buy” politicos, nothing will change. These in energy know the grumbling is simply background noise as a result of the herd will dutifully vote for a similar crapified, corrupt, dysfunctional system each two years.

Contemplate the IRS, the company with a monopoly on gathering taxes. I’m sympathetic to the workers of the IRS, these tasked with the thankless process of gathering taxes, a process made extra arduous by underfunding and understaffing. It appears the super-wealthy determined that if the IRS was starved of funding, the percentages of their tax evasion being caught by an audit would plummet, and so voila, the IRS has been starved by the Demopublicans – Republicrats for many years, as Demopublicans – Republicrats all reply to the identical small pool of super-wealthy donors and company sponsors.

In the meantime, the typical powerless taxpayer suffers the terminal decay of service and accountability. I’m sorry to report that my Kafkaesque experiences with the IRS are additionally shared by many others. Our tax funds are instantly deposited (shock!) however our tax returns that have been delivered with the cost are declared non-existent– the company experiences no document of the return being acquired.

This has occurred to me yr after yr. And naturally the crapification of the nation’s core record-keeping– taxation–then bleeds into different businesses and crapifies their data. So the Social Safety Administration experiences my 2020 earnings as zero, which means I get no credit score for the immense sum I paid in Social Safety taxes (being self-employed, I pay 15.3% of all earnings in Social Safety taxes–each the worker and employer shares).

For the reason that IRS claimed it had no document of my 2020 tax return, I wrote the IRS a letter asking in the event that they needed me to resubmit the return. Some months later I acquired a reply to my earlier deal with–regardless of the actual fact I’d submitted an official IRS Change of Tackle type–saying “we’re engaged on it.” Uh, positive. Nice.

After repeated tries, I lastly found out that the one tax yr in my file the IRS system acknowledges in 2016. If I need to pay my quarterly estimated taxes on-line, I’ve to enter the info from 2016. Some other tax yr information will draw a clean. In impact, I solely exist within the yr 2016, six years in the past.

My estimated tax funds are duly deposited, and my cost hooked up to my return is duly deposited, however my tax return doesn’t exist. Others have reported the identical circumstance. Information objects report the IRS has a backlog of 10 million unprocessed returns, and also you’d suppose our elected officers would possibly present some modest curiosity within the crapification of the nation’s tax and Social Safety businesses, however no–they’ve zero curiosity within the crapification of the nation’s core record-keeping so long as their super-wealthy donors and firms can proceed evading taxes by way of armies of tax attorneys and particular giveaways slipped into several-inches-thick congressional payments.

Since Company America is now nothing however a set of rapacious cartels and quasi-monopolies, they don’t care in regards to the terminal decay of their high quality or service, both. They know we’re going to indicate up and purchase their rubbish anyway as a result of now we have no alternative, and so they know the standard of their “rivals” (hahaha) merchandise and repair is equally noxious.

They’ll rely on well-trained People persevering with to fly, eat out, enroll, and purchase, purchase, purchase regardless of how wretched the standard and repair as a result of consumption is all now we have.

Within the Technicolor fantasy of company promoters, enterprises acquire gross sales by making greater high quality merchandise than rivals. Two generations in the past, this was nonetheless a cultural / financial dynamic.

However then everybody with a line of credit score purchased every thing, and so now everybody owns every thing. This saturation of all demand means gross sales can solely decline, since sturdy items final a very long time. The one solution to juice gross sales greater is by making insecure customers crave the most recent trend, however this artifice has limits.

The answer was to crapify all services by way of deliberate obsolescence and countless loops of awful, over-priced service. Merchandise are actually designed to be inconceivable to restore (eliminating cheapskate do-it-yourselfers) and through the use of the lowest-quality, lowest-cost elements, producers assure that your complete product will fail as soon as the lowest-quality element fails.

And since many elements are actually digitized, the most affordable digital element failing will trigger the electronics to fail–a $1 chip fails and your complete $600 product fails–and so your complete product is then destined for the landfill– what correspondent Bart D. termed The Landfill Economic system, a a time period I now use to explain your complete international economic system of deliberate obsolescence.

Discerning customers have lengthy famous the crapification of substances and the accompanying decline of worth by way of shrinkflation. Discerning DIYers have famous how merchandise are sealed, warranties voided, and easy upkeep jobs like altering the oil in a car are actually sophisticated by varied perverse means.

As for service–Company America doesn’t need to care about poor high quality as a result of they know now we have no alternative. All of the members of the cartel provide the identical rapacious pricing and pathetically poor service, so no company or establishment (hospital, college, native authorities company, and so forth.) has to concern a competitor would possibly disrupt the comfy profiteering–there isn’t a actual competitors in healthcare, greater training, protection contractors, telecom suppliers, prescription drugs, quick meals, agribusiness, and so forth.–none.

I talk about the end-game of those dynamics in my new e book, World Disaster, Nationwide Renewal: A (Revolutionary) Grand Technique for the USA.

The crapification of the U.S. economic system is now full. The one factor left is the tiresome ready for the implosion of your complete travesty of a mockery of a sham.



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