“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
It appears it’s not possible to make a decent movie from one of the great novels of all time. Five different attempts have been made without artistic success and even less entertainment value but you wouldn’t know it from the money the most recent iteration is making.
Perhaps art does imitate life when it’s not the other way around.
We live in an age in which people seem incapable of seeing especially that which is most obvious.
Consider this. Though the economy is “improving” albeit at snail’s pace for the most of us— for the very people who created the financial nightmare known as the Great Recession of 2008 financial and economic recovery has come at light speed.
Why do you suppose that is?
The Glass-Steagall Act, that great firewall that since the Great Depression stood between two vastly different kinds of banking was undone by a rapacious and surly congress and all too willing president in December 1999.
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 a watered down, pretend version of The Glass-Steagall Act has yet to be implemented because the oligarchs and plutocrats of today are working to weaken it even more.
Seriously, what does that tell us?
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 brought the tragic deaths of 146 garment workers. A century later the collapse of a poorly constructed Bangladeshi garment factory killed more than 1000 garment workers. Both sets of garment workers were working feverishly for insanely low wages to satisfy the avarice of consumers and oligarchs alike.
Just as with the demand by “we the people” for the drugs on which our “leaders” long ago declared war, it is US consumers demands for “lower prices” and capitalist extremists insistence on ever climbing profits that drive these conditions. Things don’t change.
Meanwhile as the economy remains stagnant for the 99%, the top (1%) one-percent’s profits have not only recovered they’ve gone through the roof.
“How we understand the central economic problem of our time depends on how the debate about the economy is framed. Some say the central problem is Americans have been living beyond their means, so we we need to keep wages down and reduce public services. But this framework is wrong. The real problem is the means of most Americans haven’t been rising, although the economy is twice as large as it was thirty years ago. Almost all the economic gains have been going to the very top. We need an economy that raises wages, enlarges the middle class, and provides more and better public services. This is the proper frame for understanding what’s gone wrong, and what must be done. Please take a look at this short video, and share it.”
How do you figure?
Seriously, “How do I figure?”
Just as a song from the “Roaring 20’s” era declared, “The rich get richer and the poor get babies…”
When all around me all I hear is diatribe and pointless, meaningless, feckless discussions of who won what singing contest last night or how the “Muslim in the White House” wants to take our guns away, I am painfully aware that the biases of the majority population of this nation are not a recipe for success or harbinger of any significant change to the status quo.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…