Category Archives: economic collapse

Not to belabor the obvious, but…


I called up Elizabeth Warren’s Labor Day message and said, “Check it out, Swamp Rabbit. Woody Guthrie could have written it.” Today’s a federal holiday because on the eve of the 20th century, machinists, carpenters, and people who worked in … Continue reading

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The odds look good, but don’t bet your house yet


“It ain’t just because them rats are still on Trump’s ship,” Swamp Rabbit said. “It’s because they look so comfortable there. They ain’t scared the ship’s gonna sink. They’re reserving deckchairs.” The neofascist spectacle of the Republican National Convention had … Continue reading

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Too late for rats to flee Trump’s ship


Swamp Rabbit was reading about the House panel that was grilling Louis DeJoy (nickname Joy Boy?), the megadonor appointed by Trump to wreck the U.S. Postal Service. “How come you ain’t watching it on TV?” he said. “It’s got a … Continue reading

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How much are essential workers worth?


I heard caterwauling: “I’m gonna have to throw all this trash into the swamp if they don’t pick up soon. The frogs and the possums ain’t gonna like that.” Swamp Rabbit was standing outside his shack, jamming empty beer cans … Continue reading

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Worst people in charge at worst time


This son of a Goldman Sachs banker — literally born sliding into home plate — is calling you lazy. https://t.co/spOFLwFcmS — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 26, 2020 Eric Swalwell meant figuratively, not literally, but he makes a good point … Continue reading

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A new meaning for ‘cancel culture’


‘Last week I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.’ I found Swamp Rabbit near my shack, at the frog pond, drinking a beer. “There’s no easy way to say this,” I said. “Philadelphia is closing. I think we’ve become … Continue reading

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Why no editorials urging Trump to exit?


I think we will look back and ask why people weren’t more furious… Where was the outrage? — Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer I reminded Swamp Rabbit that all the mainstream news outlets are dropping the ball the same way: … Continue reading

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Betting on a sure thing (covid-19)


Swamp Rabbit’s parole officer Victor Cortez asked me if I wanted to bet against his bet that covid-19 deaths in the U.S. would hit 100,000 by Memorial Day. (The death count as of today was about 95,000.) “That’s tasteless,” I … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance office worker


We took turns reading a Philadelphia Inquirer story about possible psychological damage suffered by office workers who, for their own safety’s sake, must work at home for as long as the COVID-19 disaster persists. In suddenly empty offices all across … Continue reading

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Disinfecting the disaffected


I wanted to raise a glass Wednesday to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but Swamp Rabbit only wanted to lament the ironies of the occasion: • The Earth Day anniversary calls for a big celebration, but it’s not happening … Continue reading

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