I have conversations with my students that run something like this:
ME: Is our current corporate regime going to crack up?
STUDENT A: No. Americans are just too comfortable right now.
STUDENT B: And they voted to re-elect George W. Bush, the ultimate corporate president.
ME: Do you see any cracks or crises that might eventually lead to regime change?
STUDENT C: Ibet that economic and social problems—like jobs and health care—could eventually cause real problems.
STUDENT D: And the war in Iraq or other wars could help bankrupt the country.
ME: How bad do you think things will have to get before we see regime change? 97
STUDENT E: I think it will take another Great Depression.
MANY STUDENTS AT ONCE: She’s right! ...