When it comes to interesting comments on how society is changing. In mid July of 2008 an article by James Grant appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled "Why No Outrage?". In the article Grant writes about how the turmoil and problems in the financial sector would in the past created a huge outpouring of anger from the public. Now it seems that we are numb and powerless to respond, words like stupid and lazy come to mind. Silent and safe within the the huddled mass it is more comfortable to move with the crowd.
Today we might ask the same about not only the lingering problems in the financial sector but also in regard to all the scandals in Washington. It may be we are to busy dealing with all the new daily distractions of life to stay informed or react. Many blame the education system as having failed in its role and the "dumbing down" of America, we have become an under and misinformed lot. Another possibility is that in difficult times, be they financial or dealing with security issues, no one wants to be the person that resist action and is later held responsible for being the force that caused nothing to be done.
When commentators, news people, and politicians speak about money they often mix up whether they are talking about "millions or billions" of dollars. I have seen this time and time again, and we accept or don't even notice these massive verbal blunders, little wonder we are confused. Yet, the most we can muster is a little bickering and mumbling under our breath. The laws and legislation hastily crafted in these times and passed by general consensus often mark the low point in our history. So I say, it is interesting to ponder during these challenging times facing America and much of the world "Why No Outrage?".
Footnote; Just over a year ago I stumbled upon a blog on WordPress .com written by
Gerry Spence who has spent his
lifetime representing and protecting victims of the legal system from
what he calls The New Slave Master: big corporations and big government. The post below explores his idea that we have all become slaves.