[Marxism] Recession? Or depression?

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 6 09:44:33 MDT 2008

The San Francisco Mime Troupe weighs in. This from an article 
(http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_9800265) in today's San Jose Mercury News about 
the latest offering from the San Francisco Mime Troupe:

"It's not really about the presidential election," says the troupe's outspoken 
head writer, Michael Gene Sullivan. "It's about a much more basic question, and 
that is: Can you have political freedom without economic freedom? What good does 
it do to vote for one millionaire or another? Why is there never enough money to 
fix the libraries and the sidewalks but always enough money to subsidize the 

Sullivan says the sagging economy has brought the issues of the play to the 
forefront of popular culture. From the gas pump to the grocery store, the 
consumer is feeling a pinch (hard) in what many analysts describe as a 
recession. Sullivan begs to differ.

"The country is in a depression," he says. "It may not be the Great Depression, 
but it is a depression. They don't call it that because they don't want to scare 
people, but that's what it is. And whoever wins the election needs to be held 

The history of the Great Depression and its echoes today were very much on 
Sullivan's mind as he wrote "Red State."

"The economy is squeezing everyone to the point where people are ready for 
change," Brown says. "The thing is, you can't wait for the change; you have to 
be the change."

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