By now as we go deep into recession we should understand that democracy and economic stability are incompatible with a wholly unregulated market system. Yet the Ayn Rand folks are still in denial and, from reading letters to the newspaper from various angry citizens, I sense that Bush and his crew have planted well the seeds of fear, ignorance and false certainty.
How can we as a nation address our very critical problems when the only majority we can muster is the one of complaint? And another question, posed by Saul Bellow, “With everyone sold on the good, how does all the evil get done?”
I think an essential task of political leadership is to keep the demons within us all from getting loose. The last few years make me believe the demons are out and about. Can they be restrained in the coming administration? I can only hope.
Being an old man, playing in the late innings, hope is about all I have left. Maybe, just maybe, that will be enough.