I know we have been rolling at a 5th grade levels spewing the sound-bites back and forth at each other.
Time to shift gears to thinks that have no party line to attemp to toe.
University of Chicago Economics
"Economic Shock Treatment"
Average Joe assumes that this just happened, the financial crisis was planned and carried out by a very sophisticated group of economic engineers that have NO allegiance to any nation.
Precisely! Which is why most conservative economists are afraid to talk about it....a tad too close to home. For another, albeit radical, perspective...take a look at this. From David Harvey, classically trained British economist in the 1950s who came to see the errors of capitalism and has now moved to the "dark side"... Marxism!!!
Our problems lie in the problems that have ALWAYS occurred in capitalism, however we just keep sweeping them under the closest rug. Well, it looks like all the rugs are now a bit filthy....
i won't watch the clip, but liberalism addresses (or should address if the dems had balls) the shortcomings of capitalism. But marxism fails on a national level simply because he never fit into his equation nationalism. And on top of that- marx specficially states there are three things that must occur. Socialism was just a step. The first? working class must revolt. It happened to some extent in Europe but once it got to the national level it fizzled. China and other so-called commnuist countries tried to skip the whole revolt thing and they call themselves communist but in fact are simply authoritarian regimes. communism by marxist definition is the withering away of government- it will whietehr because WE NO LONGER NEED government. Obviously in the history of the world and the last 2 centuries, we never reached that.
Liberals see government as a necessary evil. It can be devised in such a way that it minimizes harm(including the evils of capitalism) but simultaneously increasing production, wealth, equality. Conservatives wage a war to stop this and sometimes they win, and sometimes it takes a decade (or even longer) to fix it. Which is where we are today.
To argue that Obama needs to step up and own it, is silly. He can't just say "this is my mess" and it will get better. It's like saying I can ignore my first deadshow... (I can't- it changed me forever
). We have to fix the fundamental problems that bush and his conservatives created and we haven't. A vote for rmney is a vote to go back to bush's policies that benefit the 1% at the expense of the 99%. The Iraq war was to create profit. The Afghanistan war was to create profit. And the result was a crashed economy. They tried to apply their conservaitve war mongering theory that war helps economies and without substantial reductions and nationwide sacrifices we learned the hard way that the economy won't bounce back unless the entire nation becomes a war economy. So I'm sorry but a vote for romney is a vote to go back to bush's policies.