America loses wars for arms dealers and prolongs pandemics for drug companies. The whole society is corrupt
Why does America start wars? Why do they monopolize vaccines? Why don't they fight climate change? Why do they do all these dumb, evil things, which are ultimately self-defeating? The answer is simple. Just follow the money.
For each idiotic injustice, somebody gets rich. Arms dealers makes billions from not winning wars. Drug companies makes billions from not ending the pandemic, Fossil fuel companies make billions from not fighting climate change. Just pay off the politicians and bureaucrats and it's all good. There's nothing exceptional here, it's just corruption.
This simple observation explains America's behavior well. Corruption connects everything from vaccine apartheid to forever wars to the exploitation of their own people. American corruption, however, is nearly impossible for Americans to understand. People don't live in numbers and we don't follow facts. We live in a story, and we follow that.
The American story is that they're the most free country in the world (despite imprisoning the most people). The story is that they're the strongest country in the world (despite losing every war). The story is that they're the most advanced, the envy of the world (despite having terrible infrastructure and life expectancy that's going down).
This story is not true, but it makes people feel good. To accept the truth would be to accept that their country sucks, and almost no American can do that. But the truth is nonetheless clear. Forget the story and read the accounts. See who profits from each delusion above.
America has an entire prison industry built around destroying freedom. Expensive cops catch human beings, put them in cages (often privatized), and turn them into slave labor. This is incredibly socially destructive, but it makes money for a few people. That's the point. That's always the point. Remember that.
America has an entire military-industrial complex built around losing wars. Arms dealers walk out of Halliburton (Dick Cheney) or Raytheon (current Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin) and buy weapons from their own companies. Then they drop the most expensive bombs on the poorest people and watch their stock portfolios explode. Does this make the country stronger? Lol no, but who cares? There's more money in losing.
America does this across multiple industries. Healthcare, education, transporation, these all become capitalist playgrounds, even if it makes no sense for the population. Americans pay more to get less and at the end of the day they have just a story about greatness to keep them warm. Their country is actually shit.
The actual story the numbers tell is a very simple one. This is America's governing creed:
Fuck you. Pay me.
Healthcare doesn't work? Fuck you, pay me. Military doesn't win? Fuck you, pay me. Want to go to college? Fuck you, pay me. Can't get to work? Fuck you, pay me. Worried about crime? Fuck you, pay me. Climate is on fire? Fuck you, pay me.
At each turn, Americans pay rich people for things that should be public goods. Americans pay private companies to not have decent healthcare, they pay arms dealers to have a shitty army, and they pay private universities for a degree that just makes them debt peons for life. The average American is $90,000 in debt and they die that way. Now follow the money up. Who owns that debt? Who profits from the wars? Who gets rich from sickness and misery?
All that money goes into rich peoples' pockets, and they get to keep it because they're generous tippers. They buy off the politicians, bullshit the population with philanthropy and think tanks, and you get America as it truly is. Irredeemably corrupt.
The Corruption Of Mind
Why don't Americans resist this? Why don't they vote for their own interests. Well, would you want to admit that you're a sucket? Nobody wants to live in a story where they're the joke. Americans will literally choke to death from COVID-19 before they choke down their pride. They will watch the climate burn around them before admitting they were wrong.
Even for people outside America, it's very difficult to perceive that America is actually as bad as it is. We're used to looking up to America, and it's taken five years of the country pantsing itself in public to realize that the empire has no clothes.
First Trump said all the evil shit out loud. That was a big no-no. Then COVID-19 exposed America's institutions as easily felled by a cough. Now Afghanistan has made a mockery of their military. All that's left is an inevitable stock market crash and the only thing they actually value will come down. It will take a while (maybe forever) for the signal to reach the American brain, but they're already dead.
What killed America? In a word, corruption. That giant sucking sound is capitalists sucking all the wealth upwards and leaving everyone else with the bill (and a motivational poster about hustling harder). Corruption is why America does all the dumb, evil shit they do. They're just following the money.