Thursday, January 31, 2008 / Comment & analysis / Comment - America’s middle classes are no longer coping / Comment & analysis / Comment - America’s middle classes are no longer coping

Very clearly stated.

>> The fact is, middle-class families have exhausted the coping mechanisms they have used for more than three decades to get by on median wages that are barely higher than they were in 1970, adjusted for inflation. Male wages today are in fact lower than they were then: the income of a young man in his 30s is now 12 per cent below that of a man his age three decades ago. Yet for years now, America’s middle class has lived beyond its pay cheque. Middle-class lifestyles have flourished even though median wages have barely budged. That is ending and Americans are beginning to feel the consequences.<<

So. How are you coping?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Thom Hartmann Interview - Middle Class & Stuff

As fate would have it, I flicked over to see an interview in progress on the TV, of a speech held here in Ventura at the end of last year, on of all things - The Middle Class, etc.
Amazing. Here is a link to it on the internet.

Speech by Thom Hartmann, Air America Radio talk show host and author, on the middle class, democracy, free trade, conservatives and liberals.

Positively World View

In a forum recently, the comment was made:

>> "People can be "led" but never totally willingly - the human spirit will always seek the light."

Interesting belief.

I wonder if it is true.

I see many people who are totally willing to be led. Indeed, I see many people who almost demand to be led... and angry when they are not. I see people who will willingly follow the silliest fad or self proclaimed "guru" without hesitation.

"He/She's So Spiritchooalll" Ooooohhhh!

We can be careful to flavour our own "World View" without help from others... I think, only if we are able to know that we have no view that is quarantined from others. Our beliefs, our values, everything we hold an opinion on, or observe in the world, is through the prism of how other people view the world, and have passed those ideas to us , one way or another - either to accept or to reject. Precisely because we don't live in a vacuum.

The way to "being careful", when formulating a world view, may be to acknowledge the influences that we've had, and choose to select and de-select, those that we prefer. The rub, therein, is that we can't lay the blame on others, if we knowingly choose our own path and viewpoint from which to see the world.

What we choose to notice.
What we chose to not notice.
How we 'weight' the evidence, one way or another.

A work in progress, indeed.