Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Was that a mistake? The town centre is the saddest of all. Stores are shutting. Empty storefronts seem to mock shoppers. Fifteen years ago, I remember the central shopping centre being filled with throngs of shoppers on Saturday afternoons, and every storefront open. Now, there is row after row of empty space.

And yet unemployment is low, the government trumpets, consumer confidence is high. If this is prosperity, what will an actual recession look like?

That could easily describe vast swaths of the US. What you describe could easily be my current town. Something has gone terribly wrong in both countries. For the UK, it seems to have begun with Thatcher. For us, it was Ronnie the Raygun. Whatever flavor of capitalism one may call it, I can safely conclude it has left so much in ruins. Ordinarily I am an optimist. It is hard for me to find the silver lining.

"There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility." -- Lisbeth Salander

by Don Durito on Thu Mar 28th, 2019 at 02:58:45 AM EST

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