greentara wrote:If economists are "disappointed," just imagine what those experiencing such conditions are.
Indeed. It is challenging for many of us--or worse.
For our friends overseas, here are some worthwhile texts to consider if you are interested in understanding how the US got into this fix (having to enforce by force economic arrangements that are "free" globally?!), and how you can avoid it in your own countries, which are surely interesting and disappointing in their own ways. http://www.amazon.com/Brief-History-Neo ... 0199283273http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kans ... 080507774X
I should add that even through the worst of the Bush years, and the worst of the consequences of neoliberal policies, I've remained in the US, even when I had opportunities to move elsewhere. I did this on purpose: there really is much to love about the U.S., and I have good reason to want to be a part of what is good (and growing) about this country.
Great River Tendai Sangha: a Tendai Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, USA (near Washington, DC):