Grapes of Wrath & echos of today’s america…

So i’ve been reading a bit further along into the book, and can’t help reflecting on parallels with the current period in US history…

Reading through the chapter where he shows how the families are removed from their homes. How the people come to kick them off the land and say there is nothing they can do about it, “it’s the bank”… and the way he describes the bank as this faceless entity that is destroying people’s lives. How the people get angry and want to confront “the bank”… but there is no one to confront… just this anonymous corporate entity… “so sorry, but it’s not our fault, there’s nothing we can do about it, it’s the bank…” (see this article about bank foreclosures on farmers in the 1930s)

no wonder bank robbers became “heros” of the popular culture back then…

the banks represented the anonymous uncaring inhuman power who would listen to no reason… just moved forward crushing people, the way they used the tractors to crush their houses…

makes me think also about all the foreclosures today (see this article that just came out yesterday)… how working people have been losing their homes because of “the bank”… being pushed from the lower rung of the middle class ladder down into poverty… and today there isn’t even the hope of California (that “promised land” is, itself ¬†tottering on the brink)…

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One Response to “Grapes of Wrath & echos of today’s america…”

  1. cactusKiller says:

    Oui Josie

    Tres bonne remarque ! Tout le monde fait des paralelles avec la crise de cette epoque … mais quand c’est concert comme tu le montres … ca inquiete vraiment !
    Ca me donne envie de continuer a lire mais nous n’avons vraiment pas le temps !

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