Our economic crisis: The view from the real America

Be Utopian: Demand the realistic

The Nation
by Robert Pollin

03/09/09

Neoliberal capitalism — whose defining features were Wall Street greed and big business domination of government policy-making — is dead. But what comes next? Solidarity, equality and freedom have always been the fundamental principles animating the left. It is from these principles that the left has constructed its various visions of a truly democratic, egalitarian social order — i.e., the only type of society that deserves to be called ’socialist.’ … While socialism is desirable as a longer-term vision of a just society, it is unrealistic in my view to expect it to take shape today. The problem is that, at this stage in history, we do not know what a socialist economy would look like, nor do we know how to move from our current disintegrating neoliberalism to something approximating socialism...

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Our economic crisis: The view from the real America

Fox News Forum
by Patrick Dorinson

03/09/09

As the economic crisis worsens — with seemingly with no end in sight — I have been watching the TV coverage, listening carefully to the radio and reading all the blogs. Across all media the economic experts, pundits and wannabe political strategists tell viewers and listeners how Americans are coping with the recession. All the talk seems completely disconnected from how real folks are reacting to the crisis. The voices I hear are either from Washington or Wall Street — there aren’t many views from Main Street. Most of the time all I hear, especially from the ’strategists’ on TV and radio is just canned political talking points, ginned up that morning by the respective political parties’ communications departments and then distributed to various media outlets so that they can mouth the words for the cameras like trained seals...

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