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Are We Headed for a Crash?

We talk to the streets about the state of the world economy.

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Anonymous

A leading question taken to the streets is basically a waste of time, you very rarely get any useful info, only a reaction. Unless you're trying to control the thoughts of the viewer this video is bunk. A Fair question might be "Where do you see the economy heading in the future?" It's a shame to see AB use media tricks they criticize.

Anonymous

A leading question taken to the streets is basically a waste of time, you very rarely get any useful info, only a reaction. Unless you're trying to control the thoughts of the viewer this video is bunk. A Fair question might be "Where do you see the economy heading in the future?" It's a shame to see AB use media tricks they criticize.

Rob Em

Just because a question is leading doesn't make it irrelevant, and just because it's answerable with a yes or no doesn't make it leading. This question was not that leading. This was a research question with a narrow focus. Your question, while more open-ended, is suggestive aswell. It implies that the economy has a future and that it's heading somewhere. People would answer into that framework. They would have said well, uh, electric cars and hydrogen fuel and uh, social welfare, and uh a whole bunch of futuristic economy stuff, because that's what you asked for.

Is the big crash going to happend soon? =Leading question
Have you heard anyone talking about the big crash? = leading question

Rob Em

Just because a question is leading doesn't make it irrelevant, and just because it's answerable with a yes or no doesn't make it leading. This question was not that leading. This was a research question with a narrow focus. Your question, while more open-ended, is suggestive aswell. It implies that the economy has a future and that it's heading somewhere. People would answer into that framework. They would have said well, uh, electric cars and hydrogen fuel and uh, social welfare, and uh a whole bunch of futuristic economy stuff, because that's what you asked for.

Is the big crash going to happend soon? =Leading question
Have you heard anyone talking about the big crash? = leading question

juniper

i have to say that i agree with anonymous 12 in some ways, and insofar as s/he says empathy, not apathy, and notes the futility of saving the world from global warming and similar other such struggles ... there is inevitability in disaster in this world and there has been disaster before. it is important to remember this for us to place our selves properly in our places, and to be able to have the empathy and effort at cultural understanding necessary to see the pain in the world, the difficulty of the world ... and realize that the problems and pain are not merely out in the world but also in our selves, each of us ...

recognizing the inevitability of, say, global warming or the risk of extreme climactic shift, is not as extreme or cynical as it may seem; rather, it is such an awareness that reminds us all of our fragility, of the risk that every day could be the end, that the disaster could be near ... but also of the need to live vibrantly, mindfully, and to be in the world, not wander blindly or unaware of one's relation to the space and simultaneous frailty and engage in conduct merely because it makes one feel better in his or her place in space, not because of the realization that we all are in the same space and that each person has to change their outlook to be able to truly adopt an ethos - not just an action that is hip and thought to avoid an econ crash, global warming, environmental destruction, poverty ... etc. - the ETHOS, the way of life, is not going to alleviate the risk of destruction be it by human or natural means, but it certainly a way to live with more awareness of not just one's own location but a true sense of place in space, of interconnection with other people. and that awareness necessitates interaction, empathy, networking ... it is a far more cosmopolitan view...and may indeed create more change in the world than being an activist, an environmentalist, a world-saving faddist, other -ist ... insofar as an ethos stemming from an awareness that mass destruction, devastation is inevitable but hoping that a realization of one's place in space transcends locale will help alleviate some of one's own contribution to the pain and despair that exists in this world when we still have the opportunity to dance on it.

juniper

i have to say that i agree with anonymous 12 in some ways, and insofar as s/he says empathy, not apathy, and notes the futility of saving the world from global warming and similar other such struggles ... there is inevitability in disaster in this world and there has been disaster before. it is important to remember this for us to place our selves properly in our places, and to be able to have the empathy and effort at cultural understanding necessary to see the pain in the world, the difficulty of the world ... and realize that the problems and pain are not merely out in the world but also in our selves, each of us ...

recognizing the inevitability of, say, global warming or the risk of extreme climactic shift, is not as extreme or cynical as it may seem; rather, it is such an awareness that reminds us all of our fragility, of the risk that every day could be the end, that the disaster could be near ... but also of the need to live vibrantly, mindfully, and to be in the world, not wander blindly or unaware of one's relation to the space and simultaneous frailty and engage in conduct merely because it makes one feel better in his or her place in space, not because of the realization that we all are in the same space and that each person has to change their outlook to be able to truly adopt an ethos - not just an action that is hip and thought to avoid an econ crash, global warming, environmental destruction, poverty ... etc. - the ETHOS, the way of life, is not going to alleviate the risk of destruction be it by human or natural means, but it certainly a way to live with more awareness of not just one's own location but a true sense of place in space, of interconnection with other people. and that awareness necessitates interaction, empathy, networking ... it is a far more cosmopolitan view...and may indeed create more change in the world than being an activist, an environmentalist, a world-saving faddist, other -ist ... insofar as an ethos stemming from an awareness that mass destruction, devastation is inevitable but hoping that a realization of one's place in space transcends locale will help alleviate some of one's own contribution to the pain and despair that exists in this world when we still have the opportunity to dance on it.

Owen

I find my self in complete disagreement with you and anon, it is far from too late to stop the effects of global warming. At this point things will probably never be the same, but we still have the opportunity to stop the worst effects of global warming. Wheather we do or not is dependent on the political priorities of our society in the next 5-15 years.

Thinking about the War in Iraq from this framework is perhaps the clearest illustration of my point. Here we have a war for which all of the stated reasons for invasion were proved false, there were no WMD's, there were no Al-Qaeda ties. So why are we there? We're there so ExonMoble can make record profits two years in a row, so Haliburton can get huge contracts to build military bases. At its heart this is a war about two things: lining the pockets of the super rich, and strategic control of a dwindling resource. This is also a war that will end up costing the people of the US at least a trillion dollars. Imagine what a fraction of one trillion dollars could have done to improve renewable technologies, even 10%. The advances produced by 100 billion dollars invested in green technologies would be absolutely crucial in stopping the threat of global warming and saving ourselves from annihilation. Instead we spend 10 times that on a war to enrich a handful of mega corporations.

The people who run society most of the time, the politicians and the corporate CEO's, will never end global warming so long as they're benefiting off it. Its up to us, the people who don't benefit off rising temperatures (not to mention prices!) to force our government to take give the reforms that we need, not the ones the bosses crave. Don't just consign yourself to defeat! Nothing is preordained, the world doesn't have to be the way it is, we can fight back, and we can win. If we're unified and organized there's nothing we can't do.

-Owen

Owen

I find my self in complete disagreement with you and anon, it is far from too late to stop the effects of global warming. At this point things will probably never be the same, but we still have the opportunity to stop the worst effects of global warming. Wheather we do or not is dependent on the political priorities of our society in the next 5-15 years.

Thinking about the War in Iraq from this framework is perhaps the clearest illustration of my point. Here we have a war for which all of the stated reasons for invasion were proved false, there were no WMD's, there were no Al-Qaeda ties. So why are we there? We're there so ExonMoble can make record profits two years in a row, so Haliburton can get huge contracts to build military bases. At its heart this is a war about two things: lining the pockets of the super rich, and strategic control of a dwindling resource. This is also a war that will end up costing the people of the US at least a trillion dollars. Imagine what a fraction of one trillion dollars could have done to improve renewable technologies, even 10%. The advances produced by 100 billion dollars invested in green technologies would be absolutely crucial in stopping the threat of global warming and saving ourselves from annihilation. Instead we spend 10 times that on a war to enrich a handful of mega corporations.

The people who run society most of the time, the politicians and the corporate CEO's, will never end global warming so long as they're benefiting off it. Its up to us, the people who don't benefit off rising temperatures (not to mention prices!) to force our government to take give the reforms that we need, not the ones the bosses crave. Don't just consign yourself to defeat! Nothing is preordained, the world doesn't have to be the way it is, we can fight back, and we can win. If we're unified and organized there's nothing we can't do.

-Owen

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