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Letters and Politics, for August 7, 2012 - 10:00am

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The key to this interview and from most concerned economists, even so called leftists, is the words from Krugman i am lucky to live "a fairly sheltered life but i know of lots of people who are suffering". Also universal among employed economists is that they usually refer to the "suffering" of the middle and upper middle class's "trials and tribulations" in this or any economic depression. Millions of Americans and Europeans are in ill health and homeless. around the world many more people are in ill health, malnourished or starving(e.g. in Africa the "Land Grabbing" is leaving people who once had subsistence economies--growing there own food and raising there own livestock--, who were once in good health, now to starve). Many of us want to hear from people who are observing and interacting with those"sleeping rough"--i.e.homeless--, on the streets and telling us about their suffering. Of course human emotional suffering is indeed relative and that should not be dismissed. It is a strange irony that the highest suicide rates are in highly developed, underpopulated, european welfare states like Switzerland, Norway,et al .

Martin Summers, Oxford educated economist, but as far as I know, has never been fully employed as an economist, basically a street level economist, volunteered as an aide worker in the Yugoslavian Wars 1990's,etc,life long activist and basically has worked at a working class income level most of his life, focuses a lot more on suffering of those just trying to hang on to stay alive, but also the relative suffering of the middle class too. Many of us want to hear from more "concrete roots" economists, street level "experts", activists and most of all from the homeless themselves on such a fine news,features and opinion, truly public peoples' institute like Pacifica Radio Network. dahszil,male,usa

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