Humanism, politics

America’s Harvest of Death

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2,977 Americans died as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks, 2,753 directly at the site of the World Trade Center.

4,750 Americans are estimated to have died following the 2008 Financial Crisis, statistics referred to as “excess suicide deaths.”

These excess deaths occurred based on a 4.5% rise in suicide following the Financial Crisis according to various studies, which all point to a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Since many deaths are not treated as actual suicides when they really are, this number is likely low.

The Subprime Mortgage Crisis at the heart of the financial meltdown was the result of predatory lending practices in the banking industry, an industry heavily deregulated under Clinton. Left to police itself, the financial industry spawned scam-mortgages targeting the unaware, sold by those who knew they were predatory. This practice was industry wide under the leadership and investment of executives in the finance industry; These barons of finance are affectionately known as the Masters of the Universe according to an inside joke.

This industry wide predatory scamming not only destroyed the lives of countless homeowners, but ended up devastating the world economy. Corporate socialists stepped in to save too-big-to-fail banks, but for everyone else it was survival of the fittest-of-money. The mass increase in suicide that followed the financial crisis, America’s Harvest of Death, was but one consequence of predatory economics.

The killers responsible for the tragedy of 9/11 were hunted down and smoked out of their holes. With the rise of two wars the figureheads of terror were destroyed, and years later at a compound in Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden paid the ultimate price and faced justice.

The killers of America’s second Gilded Age got off scot-free. The barons of finance are today enjoying unheard of wealth and power, fighting with all the might that wealth entitles them, pushing for ever more for themselves and ever slicker skids for the public. No wanted-dead-or-alive posters exist for these murderers, not with the degree of separation between killing methods and results.

For those who die under the wheels of Social Darwinism, America shrugs in silence and sweeps you under the rug.

The victims of the tragic 9/11 terror attacks have a gargantuan memorial in honor of their memory, each one’s name etched in stone. No memorial for the others.. but what can be said about them, from the foolish mortgage decision to the suicide, it was all their own fault anyway. Some people are heroes while others are zeros.

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