The TSAP has recently discovered a parasite lurking in our midst. This parasite is not one that you can see, but its evil works are apparent just about everywhere you look. It is a mind-virus that digs deep into our subconscious and subverts our thinking in a manner that causes us to act against our best interests. And its name is wetiko--essentially the root of all evil.
The concept of wetiko was discovered a few years back by Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil. The word itself comes from Native Americans, who apparently coined it to describe the sort of destructive collective psychosis that they had observed and were too often on the receiving end of when the white settlers came and wreaked havoc upon them. Levy apparently had a spiritual awakening and realized exactly what the root of all evil was, and describes it well in his book. It explains evil far better than the Western concept of evil ever could. Basically, this disease hides in the dark recesses and blind spots of our psyches, and causes us to behave in utterly destructive ways without really understanding why. And just like a vampire, sunlight is the best disinfectant. So let's expose it and defeat it!
What does this have to do with our economy? Apparently just about everything, since the lion's share of it consists of what Levy calls the wetikonomy. Basically, our economy (especially the bloated financial sector) is one big Ponzi scheme and shell game designed to benefit the very few at the top at the expense of the rest of us. It is designed to rob from the poor (and what's left of the shrinking middle class) and give to the already ludicrously rich. And it is based on lies and illusion, essentially wetiko writ very, very large. The few financial players that run this toxic and corrupt system are known as Big Wetikos, most notably the debt pushers and financiers that are conning the rest of us. And it perverts the whole economy, as it is dependent on the debt-based funny money created by the Big Wetikos. As the Verve so eloquently noted in their song Bitter Sweet Symphony, you're a slave to money then you die. Clearly it doesn't have to be this way. But there is so much coercion (subtle and not-so-subtle) in the system that most people just go along with it while sleepwalking to their own doom and unwittingly perpetuating the wetikonomy, while the plutocrats laugh all the way to the bank.
We all need to wake up to the truth, and finally defeat this parasite for good before the shadowy elites succeed in scuttling this once-great nation. And the TSAP will work very hard to wake up as many people as possible in order to achieve this goal.