Somethings happening here is the first line of a Buffalo Springfield song, the song feels very, very current because without a doubt something is definitely going on around here, first the Tea Party and now the Occupy movement. What it is, ain’t exactly clear.
There is an undercurrent of frustration in this country right now. In America, a lot of frustration runs under the surface, we pretend that discrimination is rare in our country but it’s not; there is plenty of gender inequity, racism and although many conservatives don’t seem to believe it, tremendous economic inequity. The economic inequity maybe the hardest pressure of all and it impacts American across racial and gender lines. Parents come in all colors, both genders and lots of different family configurations however they all share one thing, the fear of what their children’s lives will be like in the future. A lot of people right now liberal and conservative fear for their children’s future. Throw that in the mix with a generation that has a serious sense of entitlement, people my age who never quite knew what to protest, and a lot of old hippies fearing for the future of their grandchildren and I think you have a country wide powder keg.
Of course what’s lighting the fuse right now is the “Great Recession”, folks pay attention, the “Great Recession” is in many ways every bit as brutal as the Great Depression was and if you ask a lot of economists, yes, even conservatively bent economists, we’re going about getting out of this recession the wrong way, extending the duration of this mess.
I’ve been reading Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States, it’s a fabulous book and it does something unique in looking at history, it follows the money. There are a lot of parallels right now to the frustration, class warfare and economic inequity in the early part of the 20th Century. A time when there were large labor movements and violence in the street.
So the fuse is lit, and the powder keg is present, the real question is what does it take to blow things up? Personally, I think we are living in a dangerous time and one more significant pressure could make it blow. Like what? I don’t know, maybe people freaking out over 2012, maybe another financial crash, maybe well, maybe a lot of things. No matter what, the next 16 months are shaping up to be very, very interesting, something is happening round here my friends, keep your eyes open.