November 14, 2010

PURITAN NATION:

Auster After 'Sunset' (STEVEN KURUTZ, 11/12/10, WSJ)

How do you think Americans are dealing with the financial crisis?

Compare it to what's going on in France. They're rioting in the streets every day. Over what? Raising the retirement age from 60 to 62. The French go into the streets when they're angry. But Americans, when they suffer, when they lose their jobs, when they lose their houses, they feel guilty. So it's everyone's private failure and there's a feeling of shame rather than anger.


That's the secret of our success.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2010 5:08 AM
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