America’s nuclear, Cold War hysteria
In addition to debt, Americans must also worry about things like war in multiple countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They must also be wary of terrorist attacks here in their own backyard and now, it turns out that US government officials are trying to add another fear to the list.
A recent report shows the Obama Administration is trying to figure out a way to get the word out about a possible nuclear attack. The US has released a 130 page report called “Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation”, it is about what the United States and its citizens should do in case a nuclear bomb went off at home. The report contains similar language to what was used during the height of the Cold War in the 1950’s when the U.S. was on high alert over fear of a nuclear attack.
Ira Chernus, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder says, “It reminded me very much of the kind of literature that was produced during the Cold War, especially during the Eisenhower era that I studied very closely. Then as now, it all seems very irrational, very Kafka-esque, an Alice in Wonderland type of approach. They try to make it all sound very reasonable but when you actually take a closer look it doesn’t make any sense.”
There is however great news if you are a rich white man that comes out of the report; you’ve got a pretty good chance of surviving a terrorist’s nuclear blast! Women, ethnic minorities and lower socioeconomic classes are more likely to be “stricken by psychiatric disorders,” and once they start going crazy they’re less likely to survive.
Ira Chernus adds, “The report briefly claims rich white man are the least likely to be psychologically effected, it doesn’t explain where it got this information. Then it goes on to give these elaborate plans for first responders to enter into the ‘moderate destruction zone’, a half mile to a mile from ground zero. Then it makes it clear that they would not be able to get there, so all the plans it lays out are useless.”
Author of “Credit Card Nation” Robert Manning says, “We have a decline in real income in America, we have had an expectation that credit isn’t an earned privilege but rather it is an entitlement of American society. And that People are entitled to spend earlier, before they have their first job and have graduated from college than traditionally when you actually have a salary and can pay your bills. What we have learned is banks have learned to expand into markets that could not in the past pay their bills. Before it was the bank of mom and dad, now its Chase and Citibank that’s enabling young adults before they have their first jobs to learn how to become indolent consumers.”