posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 12:01 AM
Eventually if you keep taking things away from a person -- any person --he reaches a stage where ideology doesn't matter: All our poor Everyman knows
is that his stuff is getting grabbed by somebody, so he snarlingly reacts in rage. Curiously, it doesn't seem to matter what absolute amount you
have, whether you are a homeless guy with half a sandwich or a billionare who is set to lose a few hundred million -- in either situation, the person
in question is likely to do whatever they can to hold on to what they have. It is feeling of falling, rather than an absolute decline itself,
that creates the panic reaction.
The major banks are perpetually whipped up in a panic reaction of this sort: Their very business model would be impossible without this attitude to
mentally lubricate and ooze their slimy way forward. So they are already "there," as it were. The next people to get "there" will be the
government, and in this kind of reaction, you can see public-sector reactions to "austerity." The third, and most socially disruptive, phase will be
when the grab-wahtever-you-can-and-to-hell-with-everyone-else attitude spreads beyond the financial and public sectors to the general people. The
people on the whole are amazingly still narcoticized with all kinds of illusions, but the ability of the magician to keep pulling rabbits out of a hat
is drawing to a close, and when it comes, it will come with a fury.
So in answer to the OP's question, I see these struggles as the kicking in of raw survival fear among the public-sector workers. This is stage two of
a three-part shift into deeper modulations of rage, following the rage of the financiers and preceeding the rage of the broader public.