Unemployment and Social Change


In the last year and a half, or so, in the United States, there has been evidence of dissatisfaction.  During the Congressional recess in Aug of 2009 all we saw on TV was angry TeaPartiers, perhaps grass-roots, perhaps astro turffers.  Some were genuinely upset (about what I don’t know) and some were acting like the Brooks Bros in Miami in 2000 during vote re-counting.

So, with government statistics saying the unemployment rate is hovering around ten percent, I wonder what would happen in the United States if the unemployment rose significantly to, say 25%.  And I already know what you’re thinking.  If one were to count the folks that have given up looking for work plus the under-employed et cetera, the unemployment rate would be approaching 20% right now.

But I’m saying what would happen in the US of A if the gov’t unemployment figures were at 25%?

And with the hate I see being expressed toward the first black POTUS and towards Muslims, I think back to a documented period in the twentieth century when the Nazis were ethnically cleansing Europe and western USSR.

During the Great Depression, high unemployment hit every country.  From the University of Illinois (my ems)

The Depression hit hardest those nations that were most deeply indebted to the United States, i.e., Germany and Great Britain. In Germany, unemployment rose sharply beginning in late 1929, and by early 1932 it had reached 6 million workers, or 25 percent of the work force.

When we take a rising unemployment rate along with the realization that our children will be worse off than we are, it becomes a powerful incentive for a charismatic hustler to get out in front of the movement and lead it.

What the Nazi did in Europe has never been equaled in scope.  But it certainly is not the only time that a thug has taken over exploited the situation.  Think: Cambodia, Bosnia, Darfur and those have been in recent years.

What will happen in the US if unemployment goes thru the roof?

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