This paragraph from gang-chronicler Sudhir Venkatesh:
These days, we are hearing a lot about “populist rage,” but so far no riots have broken out in front of the Treasury Department or the A.I.G. headquarters. The pundits assure us that Americans are furious, disgusted, mad as hell, but cabinet officials and chief executives haven’t been confronted by throngs of angry citizens. In fact, the only mass disturbance to make news lately was at an “America’s Next Top Model” audition, where three people were arrested on charges of “inciting a riot” — the cause of that uprising, for the record, was not the financial crisis.
I don’t pretend any connection to the Everyday American, my Missouri roots aside. But I just don’t think this AIG outrage is as present as CNN wants it to be. People are upset, but they’re more upset they don’t have a job.