This is not an abstraction. Just this morning, a man hustled me for a quarter as I was leaving the subway. As I reached into my pocket, he had a change of mind. "Forget it man," he said. "I don't need no quarter. I need a job." It was as if he was talking to himself.
No Jobs, seething unrest and a slo-go approach to reform are a toxic mix. I feel like a broken record hoping growing outrage will finally turn into action. People feel robbed because they are being robbed. They are losing jobs, homes and hope. Many are beaten down but others are slowly rising up.
It's one thing to feel good fulminating against a love affair with Capitalism. It's another to realize that's all we got, and so we must, once again, try to drive the corrupt money changers and banksters out of the system
For progressives who protested on health care, isn't it time to engage the real pain in our economy? Has ignoring the crime of our time also become "the new normal?"
News Dissector Danny Schechter edits Mediachannel.org. His new film Plunder The Crime Of Our Time (Plunderthecrimeofourtime.com) is out next month on DVD from Disinfo. Comments to Dissector@mediachannel.org