Strange Brouhaha

Monday, June 06, 2005


My heart always sinks when I read one of these things about how the massive transfer of wealth to the hyper-rich is changing the nature of society and we need to get mad and do something about it before we end up as a banana republic.

It's something about the words "And we need to get mad!"

They've been saying that since 1987. Seriously. I read this speech that Oliver Stone made in 1986 or 1987 where he said, "We gotta do something!!" And look what happened. Not that it's Oliver Stone's fault. I'm just saying: people who are remotely paying attention have been begging everyone to get mad for years and years, and the Roves and Bushies and Olins have just laughed and cranked out more propaganda and paid more lobbyists and made more campaign contributions and gotten more goodies.

So we're pretty much back where we were in the age of the robber barons. Imagine if John Steinbeck could see this. He'd blow his brains out. We're stuck playing Sisyphus--the boulder's rolling back down and we have to wait helplessly until it stops and then push it back up again. It's gonna be ugly. Meanwhile, look at all the lives that have been chewed up because a tiny group of people who were already super-rich decided that they needed to be richer.



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