The economy should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing self-determination and creativity. Crisis and chance are represented by the same Chinese letter. The financial markets should be tamed, not soothed, shriveled, not inflated. The state debt crisis is really a crisis of the myths of deregulation and the self-healing market.
"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake" (Jeanette Rankin). "Every war has two losers" (William Stafford). "You can make fish soup ou9t of an aquarium but can't make an aquarium out of fish soup (Polish proverb). George Orwell warned that war could become a domestic necessity to divert people from economic contradiction.
As U.S. corporate profits soar to record highs, food stamps for the neediest were quietly cut. The politicians who are demanding endless cuts to social programs — Democrats and Republicans alike — insist that the U.S. is broke, all the while conveniently ignoring the mountains of tax-free wealth piling up in the pockets of the super rich.