New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, a passionate and compassionate voice for economic and social justice, is leaving the paper “to write a book and to expand [his] efforts on behalf of working people, the poor and others who are struggling in our society.” In his final column today, “Losing Our Way” (link here), he wrote:
So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.
Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home.
New ideas and new leadership have seldom been more urgently needed.
Hopefully he’ll be back at us again soon.
I included links to previous Herbert columns in this post, Jobs, Unemployment, and the Great Recession.