A survey, I suppose
18 June 2012, 11:30 AM
I’m curious about something. Maybe Gentle Readers will be willing to answer a few questions. You know YHB is interested in rhetoric and public persuasion, and in public opinion and so on. So I’m wondering:
- Do you currently think that the US is in an economic crisis?
- If you do, how will you know when the crisis is over?
- Do you currently think that most/many/lots of people in the US currently think that the US is in an economic crisis?
- How do you think most/many/lots of people who do think that will know when the crisis is over?
To clarify a trifle, or perhaps to muddy it up… By economic crisis I mean whatever you mean by it. I’m just asking if you would use the term to describe the current state, and whether you think other people would use it, not whether it is correct or accurate or meaningful or comparative or anything. And by when it’s over, I just mean when you imagine you would change from answering the first question yes to answering no. I’m not necessarily looking for a specific set of conditions, although if that’s your answer terrific, but something perhaps more general and personal. When Paul Krugman says so, or when I don’t know anyone who is looking for work, or when my employer starts hiring again as well as when unemployment minus annualized GDP stays under five for three consecutive months or whatever. You don’t need to look anything up, unless you are in the habit of looking up some statistic daily or weekly and basing your sense of the world on that.
I’m not planning to argue with your answers, by the way. You don’t need to defend them from me; I am interested in what y’all’s answers are, not in whether they match my answers or some objectively correct answers.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,