About 2 million people in the USA will have their unemployment benefits stopped for Xmas and 3 million will be in this position by the New Year. There is no safety net, unless further emergency benefits are agreed. A number of towns cannot afford to pay for their own emergency services already. I was locked up once in the Middle East as I was regarded as subversive for showing my students how to access journal articles that revealed something of where the oil revenues of their countries went. An unpleasant affair, but I’d have to do the same again. I get the distinct feeling now that we are not able to ask the right questions about where the money, manufacturing and attitudes towards providing work rather than benefits for our peoples has gone.
The USA may be heading into the pit. I shall raise a glass to the west later today, in cheerful solidarity. Our students were out protesting in the snow yesterday. Now who would have thought they could withstand that? Poor Americans have access to guns. Perhaps the revolution is coming at last! I doubt ConDoomed could be stupid enough to combine a benefits reduction with the entrepreneurial issue of guns to the poor so they could fend for themselves. Yet we have so often followed the American Way.