Because We Live Here

From Taibbi in “A Christmas Message From America’s Rich” in response to the whining billionaire’s club:

Most of us 99-percenters couldn’t even let our dogs leave a dump on the sidewalk without feeling ashamed before our neighbors. It’s called having a conscience: even though there are plenty of things most of us could get away with doing, we just don’t do them, because, well, we live here. Most of us wouldn’t take a million dollars to swindle the local school system, or put our next door neighbors out on the street with a robosigned foreclosure, or steal the life’s savings of some old pensioner down the block by selling him a bunch of worthless securities.

This is why the institution of the school still deserves our support and our saving attentions.  We must inculcate the belief that all of us matter and that happens face-to-face.  It also happens by community engagement; by coming together and agreeing on what it is we want to value and how we can open our lives to those human opportunities.

“Most of us” need to be sure we are not allowing the “some of us” anymore chances to reduce us to actuarial tables or economic statistics that can be explained away as collateral damage in their war on us imbeciles.

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