Saturday, March 21, 2009
Political anger fed by a rabid press can have dire consequences, much graver than the scope of the instigating event. Those of us who have studied any history know that there is no safety net when it comes to mob mentality. We move forward, hoping that we have passed out of danger, that the threat of Fascism has passed, or that a great depression has been systematically prevented. But as we survey the landscape, and hear talk of trillions of dollars of toxic assets, see the rising anger and the demand for retribution, however emotionally justified, we can see echoes of past dark ages. Let's hope there is a light at the end of this tunnel.