America Is a Horror Show

This is from earlier this year. If you have not yet viewed this episode, it is worth taking the time to do so. (Description provided by Bill Moyers’ site).

David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America. After President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, it’s a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective — the bottom up.

“The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed,” Simon tells Moyers. He blames a “purchased” Congress for failing America’s citizens, leading many of them to give up on politics altogether.

Watch the episode here.

3 responses to “America Is a Horror Show

  1. Wow, if America is a horror show, I can’t imagine what we’d label the rest of the world.

  2. «we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed»

    That’s what I call the “plantation economy” and many lefties don’t realize that it is very popular with many voters (especially middle aged or retired, property owning, women voters), where most believe that they are going to be “higher on the pyramid” as as rentiers living in the sunny uplands, and that they will benefit from the cheap, hard work of everybody else who will be “marginalized and destroyed”.

    The American Dream is “F*ck YOU! I got mine”.

    Unfortunately some of the voters who hope to realize the American Dream for themselves are somewhat deluded, and some are figuring this out, for example some journalists who thought they would become rich by being their masters’ voices:

    http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/why-didnt-i-get-rich.html
    «journalists/columnists of a certain age (meaning ones not much older than me and younger) are coming around to the realization that the economy is screwing them, too. There was a moment when a lot of them (we’re talking ones at elite outlets, not your random small town paper) thought they’d done everything right, would become celebrities, and get Tom Friedman’s speaking fees. The economy sure was working for them, and screw everybody else.»

    • Erick Borling

      “We’re going to be?” (slaves to profit?) Oh; good thing that’s in the future. So anyway I’ve been waiting over two years for NEP to produce some insight about the Greek “debt crisis” and the Argentina situation but it seems we only have a couple of bloggers online here. The rest of the so-called team is UA or frittering away their literary oats with tweeting or god knows what.