Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tough times

Tough economic times
by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77@aol,com )
Saturday Jun 20th, 2009
Tough economic times have brought about unrest and problems all over the world. There are all sorts of situations and all sorts of causes, but one of the main causes is inequality: The poor see the rich being helped and bailed out while they receive very little in comparison.
So the poor demonstrate and try to get at least a little more help, and if they can't, they often help themselves through theft, robbery, looting and crime. It's building up slowly now, but if conditions worsen, it could grow quickly and result in more widespread discontent and disorder, or even the overthrow of some governments.
And the U.S., which is one of the most unequal societies in the world when it comes to the distribution of wealth, is worried about its own citizens! The rich are worried about the poor and the militant, and right wing and left wing are increasingly alienated from each other. So the U.S. government is drawing up its contingency plans, bringing home some troops that were stationed abroad, and even going so far as to build camps that could be used in case of "natural disasters," or to house "an emergency influx of immigrants," or to support "new programs"—possible detention camps, though you'll probably never hear the government call them that!
Tough times can also lead to tough government actions and tyranny. It's a time of upheaval, flux and change for the world, just as the 1930s were, the Great Depression period before World War II. First came the Roaring '20s, then came the Depression '30s, and then came the years of war of the '40s. History doesn't always repeat itself, of course, but it can sometimes.
Ted Rudow III,MA

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