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We’re all in this together

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Empathy and group identification can create a sense of “we’re all in this together,” in which the suffering of another is felt as a problem for the entire group. Sometimes countries can pull together like this, although (sadly) it’s often during bad times rather than good—one thinks of London during the Blitz. You would think, given the terrible economy and the hundreds of thousands losing their jobs (and many their homes as well) that the US would pull together with an attitude of “we’re all in this together.” But from observing how Wall Street used their bailout funds (paying enormous bonuses even in the face of terrible performance), it’s clear that some are not in this together with us, but are simply out for themselves.

Part of the problem may be that our mass media fell in general more affinity with Wall Street financiers than with the public. Steve Benen notes their response to Obama’s national address—and of course, the way that the talk shows host many, many more from the Right than from the Progressive front.

UPDATE: Susie Madrak has a very good post on the overall situation, in which those who feel they are not in this together with others are aptly named: parasites, who are now eating the host. And she correctly identifies many lawmakers as belonging to the “parasite” category.

UPDATE 2: “Centrist” Senators have cut the stimulus bill, and have moved lots of funds to tax cuts (which do NOT stimulate the economy the way government spending on projects would). These Senators feel quite calm about their plan, which results in 600,000 fewer jobs created. After all, those Senators know that they will have a job—though with any luck, they’ll be hounded out of office by angry voters and constituents.

Written by Leisureguy

8 February 2009 at 11:13 am

Posted in Daily life, Media

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