illustration credit: Rex Babin
"Another Depression might be a relief to many people. They know our prosperity is built on war. It might be so much better than war.
People won't have to keep up a front any longer. They wouldn't have to keep up the payments any more. There would have to be a moratorium.
The threat of Depression is nothing to worry about. I wish to goodness the stock market would collapse for good and for all. I'd like to see a nonviolent revolution take place and an end to this Holy War..."
Dorothy Day, as told to Studs Terkel in "Hard Times, An Oral History of The Great Depression" 1970
"We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists "of conspiring to teach to do," but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York."
Dorothy Day, "On Pligrimage," September 1956
It is 2008. Are her sentiments relevant?