A Metaphorical Collapse

Alex Bitterman has an interesting post about the bridge collapse in Minneapolis earlier today and the state of the American infrastructure. He also includes some aerial footage of this disaster. I particularly connected with Alex’s post because I relate so much of the crumbling infrastructure of this nation he describes with its crumbling sense of priorities, principles, and any clear sense of itself (my reading not his).

Are the above images reminiscent of another catastrophic event that happened two years ago this month?

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3 Responses to A Metaphorical Collapse

  1. Tony D'Ambra says:

    The late great J K Galbraith encapsulated the impending disaster of public policy subsumed to corporate interests 50 years ago: private affluence and public squalor.

    This month the NY Times had a feature article on the today’s corporate aristocracy: “The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age” By LOUIS UCHITELLE Published July 15, 2007 (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/business/15gilded.html?ex=1200974400&en=6b052cec3ca4c045&ei=5087&excamp=mktat9).
    “Today’s titans often see themselves as pillars of a new age of prosperity, one in which their successes and philanthropy have made government less important.” Famous last words. Perhaps the sub-prime mortgage debacle, will have them eating crow…

  2. Tony D'Ambra says:

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