“Finances and the Current Crisis: How did we get here and what is the way out?” first appeared on PoliticalAffairs.net on October 3, 2008. Read it on PoliticalAffairs.net.
If there were such a thing as a perfect economic storm, I would say we are close to it.
The housing crisis continues and shows no sign of ending; credit and money markets are either churning or freezing up; the stock market is gyrating; unemployment is leaping upward (sharply so in the communities of the nationally and racially oppressed); poverty is up and wages are down; oil and food prices are climbing; the value of the dollar is falling sharply compared to other currencies; the level of indebtedness is astronomical and will be difficult to unwind in the near term. And we sit on the edge of a financial collapse with all the accompanying dislocation and hardship that it would bring.