Why Are Americans Passive as Millions Lose Their Homes, Jobs, Families and the American Dream?

From Alternet:

Society-wide depression has struck America. Why it’s happened and what we can do about it. This is the cover article for the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine. For more on the article and the magazine go here.

An unnatural economic and psychological disaster has struck America. Five contributors, each interacting with and shaping the others, have devastated the American moral, economic, psychological, and social landscape. Each is fed by related streams, but each contributes its own force to the disaster. The American dream in which each generation surpassed the previous generation in real wages has all but disappeared, along with dreams of an intact family, a steady job, a home, and an honest supportive community.

This article looks at each of five collaborators in the crisis in order to answer the following questions:

How did this happen? What forces are responsible?

Why are Americans passive as millions lose their homes, their jobs, their families, their hopes of justice, and the American dream?

Why do Americans remain disorganized at home while their European and Asian counterparts flood into the streets and strike in militant, organized protest? Why do others believe in their potential to reclaim their lives while we do not?

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2 Comments on "Why Are Americans Passive as Millions Lose Their Homes, Jobs, Families and the American Dream?"

  1. Depression is a normal reaction following trauma, usually anger comes next, then violence…

  2. kenwhittet | Feb 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm |

    The author of this article doesn't have a clue about 12 steppers. AA,NA and other 12 step “Programs” are essentially apolitical cults. One of the “12 traditions” of AA is for it not to get involved in anything outside of AA, “unless money,prestige or power, diverts us from our primary goal”. Any one who tried to politically organize an AA meeting would be “shunned” out of there in short order.

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