our refusal to recognize

Mick Arran:

If Sarah Palin is a populist, I’m a millionaire.

The Right Wing Noise Machine has spent the past 30 years ceaselessly pounding it into our heads that we should ignore all that screaming and pain coming from offstage because it was just low-lifes complaining about they hate working for a living and lazy bums like that didn’t deserve any better. Of course, they insisted, that would never happen to you. You’re not a lazy bum.

And we, much to our everlasting embarrassment and shame, believed this malarkey.

We might also have been able to put a stop to it before it wrecked the global economy.