The original, from Disco Dancer:
From Fresh Air, 11/18/2008:
“I think that I live with doubt today everyday all the time and it is different than being young and certain and jacking yourself up to do certain thigns. I argue to my students, I argue to young people all the time, that you can’t live a poilitical life, you can’t live a moral life, if you’re not willing to open your eyes and see the world more clearly, see the injustices going on, try to make yourselves aware of the injustices going on in the world. And when you are aware, you have a responsibility to act. And when you act you have a responsibility to doubt. And when you doubt you can’t get paralyzed – you have to use that doubt to act again. And that doubt then becomes the cycle: you open your eyes, you act, you doubt, you act, you doubt. Without doubt you become dogmatic, and shrill, and stupid. But without action you become cynical and passive and a victim of history. And that should never happen.”
The most compelling argument for bailing out the US Automakers is that if we don’t do it, we’ll lose a ton of jobs. Anywhere from 100,000 to 3 million depending on how bad things really are, or how susceptible you are to being scared shitless by the media.
If thats the case, why are we sending the money to the top of the foodchain if all we care about is that it trickles down to the workers?
It seems to me that if all we care about is making sure people have jobs, there are a lot better ways to spend that bailout money. How about infrastructure? Fixing our dams, highways, bridges, building new subways and high speed rail lines, and creating a new energy infrastrucutre that is able to carry energy from solar and wind farms all sound like good places for ex-auto workers to end up.