The weekend edition of Counter Punch has part one of Montague’s Slow Economic Growth: The System in Crisis.Montague is editor of Rachel’s Health and Democracy where the essay originally appeared*. This opening review of our economic woes is as succinct and comprehensive as I can think would be possible. It is well worth the read. The bigger and better our collective understanding of what is wrong and how we got here; the sooner brainstorming of what needs to be done can be given a more targeted focus. What are the priorities, what needs to be done first so that others can be attempted.
The other result of wider understanding can combat the widespread system failure Montague describes:
As a result of these changes, the main historical difference between the two political parties disappeared at least two decades ago. The Democrats now find, for the first time in living memory, that they have no political agenda of their own. As a result, voter disaffection has risen to historic proportions. Cynicism spreads like kudzu. Political apathy then cements the status quo in place.
Obviously, I think that the Democrats have been in a position where they have no chance of carrying out their political agenda – not that they haven’t had it. It’s a small piece of Conventional Misunderstanding in an otherwise eyes (and mind) wide open look at what Editor & Publisher has labeled A Crisis Almost Without Equal.
The cement on political cynicism and apathy is crumbling. The more people sense they can understand this complex situtation and that something can be done about it, the sooner the ennui will change into productive national debate and constructive action.
I will be waiting for the next part(s) with hope.
*(Go there in a week or two, the site is undergoing reconstruction).