“Greed,” agree most of my friends. “Greed sums up the decade.” I guess I’d add the things that flow out of greed — disease, hunger, and fear — because this is what Reaganomics looked like when it finally arrived in the real world.
“There may be fresh ways of battling out of the terrible contradictions of Third World–style polarization and exploitation — and if there are, the remarkable Poles, if anyone, show promise of finding their way clear to them.”
“Historians will look back on the 1980s with wonder: How was it that America managed to produce and invest so little, and consume so much? How did we let our priorities get so out of line, and the gap between rich and poor grow so wide?”