Posts Tagged ‘Financial Crisis’

A friend of mine told me the other day that him and his wife have concluded that “you can’t tell me anything”.

This rebuke came after he told me that the whole financial meltdown the UK and world finds itself in is down to Bill Clinton announcing that every American had the right to own their own home and this in turn put pressure on the banks to lend to the “sub-prime” market (I wonder which marketing genius came up with that term?).

I didn’t disagree with what he said, merely pointed out that there was a lot more to the current mess than some Bill Clinton speech (incidentally, the thing I do know about Clinton is that he said a lot and did very little). You surely have to factor in rising fuel prices, over-population, growing scarcity of resources, freak weather leading to crop failures, global warming linked to this, political and financial avarice and the fact that rapacious capitalism has been screwing every last penny out of the ‘sub-prime’ for decades now. And of course, if you’ve read your ‘1984’, a good war / depression / economic collapse is great for politicians to do what they do best: fuck everyone else over for their own profit (see privatization of public resources).

Because my friend is a conservative twit with middle class pretensions he thinks all this is lefty, vegetarian, hippy rhetoric. He misses the very obvious point that I am not a vegetarian or a hippy and that my inspirations are drawn universally, not from some dim-witted, close-minded political point of view.

I guess my point is that he was partly right and partly wrong: no, you can’t tell me anything, not if you’re someone who gets their opinions from drinking in Floridian bars. If, however, on the other hand, you are an interesting, free-thinking, inspirational individual or organization who thinks outside of the mainstream then I’m all ears…