mm335: Are you prepared for interesting times?

MUDGE’s Musings

I’d always heard it was a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” is not so sure.

Notwithstanding the source, I think we’re there.

We’ve written increasingly on the recession that has arrived, and the depression that might be lurking. Perhaps it’s time for a nanocorner of the ‘Sphere© link table.

“May you live in interesting times”

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mm285: Mayor Mike tells some hard truths
mm263: This man -so- wants to pull the trigger…
mm257: The R-Word – Not that racy television show
mm256: I don’t hate big corporations, either

Jon Taplin, who always has interesting, big picture points of view, has a big word to teach us.


The Interregnum

Jon Taplin’s Blog – March 31, 2008

Financial apocalypse seems to be in the air. NBC Nightly News has a new nightly segment called Hard Times, which provides economic “survival strategies” to the viewers.

We have entered The Interregnum.

It’s more than simply a presidential election year. Taplin calls it a “hinge in time.” It’s not simply an administration, or perhaps a majority political party that’s about to change.

The next four months will tell the tale of whether we are in a recession or a depression. We should concentrate on what kind of society we want to live in if the crisis stresses our democracy. Never underestimate the ability of an unemployed populace to look for scapegoats. In simple terms, democracy is at risk everywhere.

Democracy itself is very much at risk.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

The Interregnum « Jon Taplin’s Blog

Seven months ago we touched on the tipping point, the hinge in time if you will, that we find ourselves confronting, and the physical danger that democracy-loving citizens may be facing should unemployment, foreclosures, and the general collapse of trust of private and public institutions take their logical course.

Way too interesting. Is your passport in order?

It’s it for now. Thanks,


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