Unfuck the World
Is the profanity of the f-word justified in public and scholarly discussion of our present circumstances? Yes. There's no doubt that the profanity of global inequality and injustice merits the word. Such sentiments, it would seem, have expanded beyond the foaming-at-the-mouth leftist nutcases like me to the broad center. Even a few policy-oriented economists are learning to swear when it's necessary to make a point. Not long ago, Christina Romer stepped down as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, after a tough tenure spent fighting the conservative orthodoxy of Republicans in Washington, DC working to preserve class power and structures of inequality. One of her first media appearances was a short interview on Bill Maher's "Real Time," in which he opened with a long recap of all the evidence of an economic disaster that rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s. Bill then turned to Romer, and said, "so, with all that, can I ask you, how fucked are we?" Romer seemed to smile, blush, and cry all at the same time, as she considered the human meaning of all those economic indicators. In a split second she decided not to mince words. Her voice rose in a melodic, hard-hitting judgment: "Pretty darned fucked!"
Another world is possible. We can unfuck the world. We must. Occupy.
Images from Occupy Vancouver, October 15, 2011.