Saturday, October 18, 2008
The economically distressed
This week's edition of Bill Moyers Journal has an intriguing discussion with Michael Zweig, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, regarding the downturn in the economy and those "economically distressed" who will be most affected. Economically distressed is a euphemism for the working poor, a term that I, and Moyers, are more used to using.
I greatly suggest that you take the time to watch this segment of Moyers Journal. In it, he talks about the vacuum in the political sphere, in the lack of organization to meet the needs of this group of citizens. As Obama turns to the middle class, Greens should be organizing here... and that means in the neighborhoods, the barrios, wherever people are "playing by the rules and still getting screwed" to paraphrase Bill Clinton, a man who did a bit of screwing himself.
If not Greens, then who?