Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘zimbabwe’

Rich Man Poor Man

Politicians, civic “leaders”, newspersons, and citizens seem to be engaged in some class warfare lately.  This probably has always been true with what may be the most famous example in France.  Did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake” when told that the peasants did not have bread?  Did the peasants have their fill when they later said “off with her head?”

The funny thing is that being rich or poor is a relative thing.  Rich in America probably pales in comparison to rich in Dubai while poor in America looks rich to the citizens of Zimbabwe although there are probably a lot of billionaires there.  A billion dollars there, however, will not buy you a loaf of bread.

Stop The Presses

I was recently watching a movie that involved the newspaper industry.  The deadline had passed and the main characters were in the factory where presses were printing the next day’s papers and the rollers were folding and transporting them.  There was a furious debate about the feature article being wrong.  It was apparently too late to change the paper, but the brave editor gave the order, “Stop the Presses!”