The More Things Change

The suddenly-idle hands blamed themselves, rather than society. True, there were hunger marches and protestations to City Hall and Washington, but the millions experienced a private kind of shame when the pink slip came. No matter that others suffered the same fate, the inner voice whispered, ‘I’m a failure.’

Dot-com bubble? Great Recession?

No. This is a quote from Studs Terkel’s Hard Times, written about the Great Depression.

Terkel interviewed hundreds of people for the book, and later aired some of the interviews on WFMT Radio in Chicago. Those recordings are available here.

Nothing like a little perspective…


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