In the early 70s I lived and worked in the United States. When I was born and raised in a small country like Denmark, I was obviously overwhelmed after my first meeting with the American mentality like “Show us what you can and we will help you as much as you want.”
Well, I arrived almost directly from the inland ice of Greenland to the city of New York. A contrast that cannot be described – but the feeling was like comparing a mosquito that meets an elephant for the first time.
My first intake of breakfast in a drugstore was a pure failure. The waiter asked me something I could not understand or hear and a general bustle resulted in an empty plate, however, a cup of coffee. A lesson I will never forget – In a city like New York is all on the glowing piles and especially in the morning where millions of people go to work. What the waiter asked me about I learned later – I asked for an egg with toast…. and the question came like a bolt from a rocket … sunny-side up, scrambled or fried … without pauses between the words.
Well, this little unfortunate but good introduction to a life in New York gave me actually “a taste” and I decided to show the New Yorkers what a Viking could also accomplish with in the American dream world. Oddly enough, this was received with great respect and recognition both on a personal and professional level. I had decided not to follow the flow of the U.S. otherwise pleasant facade show, but tell my opinion about everything under the sun directly and bluntly of the U.S. unwritten laws and what I saw as pure pop more than an ethical business community can bear.
Direct speech was apparently the code words of respect, recognition and even longer for the more internal and secret business meetings. It was really exciting – the U.S. was during this period in a virtuous circle on the financial market and any kind of dynamic thinking that could be achieved was tested although it could be expensive. As time went by I became more and more integrated in the American society – thought and dreamed as a native and threw myself into a myriad of new ideas that could fit with this community comprised different ethnic groups and types.
I lived in New York and New Orleans for about four years, married a native New Yorker,
but when I later was transferred to Brazil as well as Nigeria was this reshuffle too much for a native New Yorker and I had to admit the correctness of the motto “one time New Yorker – always New Yorker “.
And now that I’m living in France about 40 years after my first and longest stay in the United States are my antennas as always directed toward this country, which had so much to give in democracy and freedom’s name. What has actually happened with this “American Dream”? A crisis of large dimensions has suddenly become a
mystery although analyzed from A to Z by experts. The word Lehman Brothers, of course, whining in my earpiece, but under normal circumstances, this alone would not topple the American dream. There must be more for the American people to fall into a no-man’s land without hope. The last U.S. election campaign for a new president showed at least some deep rifts between Republican and Democratic voters and even the two candidates were right up on their toes in order to convince the American people who to vote for.
Politics is politics, but in this case I saw a completely different agenda behind the scenes – a power struggle on a regime of capitalism’s premises and a more socially radical shift in which capitalism’s conditions will be a major test for an American pattern. U.S. is right now on a pilot-flame without money for the bigger innovations. Federal Reserve’s banknote printing is stopped (as far as we know) and the many previously printed dollar bills may be spread out over the entire planet to unknown addresses. Perhaps IFM and the World Bank without actually certainty about this, but illogical it seems to be, if the world was so rich in money before 2008, followed by the current situation – no money no matter where in the world you are searching for the aforementioned wealth.
Is the American dream on the verge of bankruptcy or have Americans still the proud
traditions intact to survive a downturn for a longer period or it will as in 1929 be black in black, where the American pride was hit on the wallet. Money was meanwhile flown out of the country with a helping hand from what we today call the “conspiracy”. If the American society must be built-up solely on the mooneye’s conditions, it appears as if the train has departed. Keep in mind that the stated goal of a “new world order” is the formation of one leader and only a few hands to control everything through capitalism’s premises and such a leader
can be anything from the Pope in Rome to Henry Kissinger in the U.S. – the first could be a shortcut corner for the integration of 2.1 trillion subjects in the brave new world.
With this background in memory is the situation in Europe a confusion similar to the U.S. situation, but with the modification, that both IFM and the European Central Bank seems to have enough money to supply Greece and other countries in need with billions of Euro’s ….but as loans!!!