Not to worry, the snow will drive them away
The Arab spring has focused the attention of the world onto the wider subject of social injustice. It will become the year of universal unrest as it becomes clearer that the current system of commerce is sucking the common well-being of the people of the East and the West.
Many in the East, even as socialist economies abandon the common welfare of its people into the vast riches of the nouveau-riche plutocrats. These forces eventually come to control the governments that originally gave them license to operate.
In the West, the EU is discovering that existing wealth, protected by nebulous networks of corporate entities, trusts, and interlocking networks are finding there are no common fiscal controls much less a common EU bank to manage the 27 states that use the Euro.
One wonders how the EU came into being without someone mentioning the need for auditing the honorable, ongoing fiscal health of the Union. One wonders how the EUA (USA) could repeal the depression-era laws designed to prevent a recurrence of another debilitating depression.
There is a cadre of intelligent people who choose rather than medicine, physics, philosophy, or other profession useful to the commonweal. They choose to become what used to be called sophists because of their expertise in debate and influence. They could convince a polity (or group of citizens that black was just a deeper shade of white). Merchants today are well served by today’s sophists (now known as lawyers, politicians, and lobbyists). These were the μεσοαστικός, or middle class (politicians had to be citizens) were the hired guns of their time.
So it is today. Why study science for $150k/yearJ when the market gives bonuses of many hundreds of thousands of $/year. There are obviously many honorable and moral workers in the economic sphere because they are honorable men and women.
With many honorable exceptions it’s a shame that the most self-seeking or criminal deny that the roads on which they drive, the water they drink, the schools they attended, the airports on which they land were built by taxes levied on citizen and non-citizen alike and what they have earned came not from them alone. They have stood on the shoulders our great grandparents, parents, and our labor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrFQs5X-I1Y&feature=related