Essentially the history described in this thread shows a circle of power changing hands. Always the upper class of high society taking advantage of the common man. This documentary displays the same attitudes of behavior the British had towards the Kings subjects in America. Only a break away was established so the American upper class could take advantage of the vast resources of the land and everything in it. For themselves, just like the Crown's attitude. Except, the Crown did fight back...but, that's a whole different kind of thread!Plutocracy is the first documentary to comprehensively examine early American history through the lens of class. A multi-part series by filmmaker Scott Noble, Part I focuses on the the ways in which the American people have historically been divided on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex and skill level.Plutocracy: Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule) includes sections on Mother Jones, the American Constitution; the Civil War draft riots; Reconstruction; Industrialization; the evolution of the police; the robber barons; early American labor unions; and major mid-to-late 19th Century labor events including the uprising of 1877, the Haymarket Affair, the Homestead strike and the New Orleans General Strike. The introduction examines the West Virginian coal wars of the early 20th Century, culminating in the Battle of Blair Mountain.
This documentary depicts a shift in the American mind regarding morality. Before the Civil War most colleges and educational systems were based on a system of religious morality built on a Puritan foundation. After the Civil War corporate systems began to take over the educational curriculum. This left the country disillusioned in it's search for a greater understanding of God. The profit systems turned towards a scientific method to define a new 'god'. The Teutonic systems of psychology began to be applied usurping the older philosophical moral attitude towards education. Corporate mentally and rights of person began its ascendancy over the human being....
America is a nation with a soul of a church.
What are we worshiping in this church?
Civil religion - Robert Bellah
Like a covenant with God...
Read presidential addresses pertaining to this ideal. It seems America has made a pact or covenant with God from its very beginnings....
There is a pattern to this ideal of a New Atlantis
The Man Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance
The schoolroom staple didn’t originally include “under God,” even though it was created by an ordained minister