(132) Schnarky!

Canada’s largest freshwater turtle: the Snapping Turtle. Watch out kids! Tory the Turtle is none too fast but he’ll take that hand clean off if he gets the chance.

We came across this item, the article not the turtle, in the National Pest the other day.  It won’t be a shocker to any of suburban-poverty.com’s loyal readers to know that inequality and poverty is damaging to the general functioning of the economy and therefore harmful to the business interests and the political system that would appear to foster said poverty and inequality at every turn.  That the piece was written by a mainstream political actor associated with the federal Liberal party is not that striking either.  What we noticed were the snarky, unsophisticated comments from the general readership of The Pest.  Of course, not all the comments are simplified neoconservative maxims delivered with spite.  Nonetheless, we’ve seen such reactions all over the internet whenever economics is the topic at hand.  It bothers us and worries us that so many of our fellow citizens are so cranky and touchy and childish in their ideas about economics and the nature of societal relations.

Why is it so tough for people to separate the personal from the social, the anecdotal from the general?  We’ve come to conclude that most people commenting on economics and society are firstly giving vent to some emotional quirk, making a resentful statement primarily.  See for yourself.

Scott Brison: If Canada doesn’t tackle income disparity, the economy will suffer