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"The next President will have to be the FDR of Climate Change, only this President won't have the stark reality of the Depression or World War II in front of the public every day--". Hmm - I wonder.

Iraq may not be WWII, but it's an incremental and integral part of a coming economic shitstorm - Depression may be a slight overstatement, but maybe not. The Shock Doctrine may well apply to the near-future in the U.S.A.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Dec 11th, 2007 at 08:10:43 PM EST
We have our little "local" shock doctrine effects on a regular basis, like the bridge falling down, like every time there's a big ice storm (like today in the midwest) and 300,000 homes are without electricity in freezing weather.  Just examples of how our infrastructure is collapsing or simply not being properly built and maintained because other priorities come first, priorities that enrich the "right" people.  So we're kept worrying about falling into a river or freezing to death, and have less time to fight the bigger fights.

An FDR approach right now in the USA is needed just to make repairs.  It's embarrassing that a technologically advanced country doesn't have its electric lines buried in the ground instead of hanging overhead, for example.  Lots of people could be employed just getting that done.  But those in power would rather have prisons than full employment which could lead to rising wages.

Sorry to ramble on when I should be in bed.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Dec 11th, 2007 at 11:46:14 PM EST
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