The “new normal”

Posted: 27 August 2009 in Uncategorized
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The mainstream media are busy normalizing the current crisis. A good example is ABC News [ht: ea], which asked readers to tell them “how they’re adapting to today’s economic conditions.”

Cutting spending, not surprisingly, seems to be the most common way Americans are adapting to the tough economy. For one Florida family, that means paring back on day-to-day costs; for a California family, that means scaling back on future plans and for a Wisconsin man, it means sacrificing as much as he can to keep his business alive.

The “new normal” is adapting to the crisis—not questioning the structures of capitalism that created the crisis in the first place.

Fortunately, there are other groups that are denaturalizing the crisis. Like Bread & Puppet Theater in their current show, “The Dirt Cheap Money Circus” (which I saw yesterday in South Royalton, in a performance sponsored by the Vermont Law School).

The photo above has Marx returning from the grave, in front of a group of billionaires. Here are some other photos from the show:



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