Its not often that I write a post about politics. This isn’t because I have no interest in it; quite the contrary, I do. Its more that I don’t enjoy writing about it, because so many of the obvious hypocracies and gaping inadequacies of the political and economic worlds we live in seem fixed, unable to be changed. In this kind of situation, how can it help to labour over a post that will influence so few and only stir up anger within yourself in writing it? Better, then, is to laugh at the situation. Which is what Jon Stewart does on The Daily Show.
I’ve been watching the Daily Show and the Colbert Report for a few months now, and while I find Stephen Colbert more entertaining to watch, on occasion Jon Stewart can burst into inpassioned and heartfelt polemics on the world we live in which are a joy to behold. In one such moment, he took Tucker Carlson to task over their now cancelled TV show Crossfire. Another of these periodic confrontations came up last night, when Stewart took on the CNBC economic pundit and host of “entertainment stock show” Mad Money, Jim Kramer. The interview certainly isn’t pleasant to watch, but at the same time is compelling viewing; Stewart dismantles any argument Kramer has, yet refuses to give the knock-out blow, instead widening his critique to the network at large for being on the wrong side of the line between the stock marketeers and the general population.
In hearing Stewarts anger its easy to get stirred up yourself. While many of the people who work in the NYSE, the LSE and other financial markets around the world do work hard, its hard to get away for an image of investment bankers and insurance brokers who have selfishly, brazenly thrown money around in a reckless manner, endangering and damaging the world in which we all live. There is a gap between the financial world and the real world, and while the financial world gallavants around getting rich and playing with theoretical numbers and assets, the real world pays the price when these schemes come crashing down. I hope this is the wake up call we need for more regulation and control over the market economy that- yet again- has come up short by failing to provide the goods, services and stability the general population needs. The great need for change to protect our global climate is finally dawning on us- inextricably linked to this is the failure of the market economy to provide in areas of life where there is not a profit to be made- protecting our world, providing safe, modern schools and affordable healthcare. So sayeth I.
I’ll be back to baseball or general blogness next time I promise 🙂