Brian Brennan: Our helplessness is rooted in smugness of elite classes
IN Ireland 2010, individuals who are lucky enough to have jobs which are not under immediate threat do not tend to experience personal fear or despair. Likewise, those who have already retired on secure pensions do not have a great deal to worry about in their immediate future.
As individuals, people who have not suffered some personal calamity such as sudden unemployment tend to take a pragmatic view of the recession, the billions being poured into the banks, the temporarily postponed sovereign borrowing crisis and imminent budgetary cutbacks and taxes.
They go to the pub or the cinema, they watch the match, they work, they study, just as they did three years ago when the then-Taoiseach was suggesting that people who warned that economic collapse was just around the corner should go away and commit suicide.