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Facebook Memes & Durkheim

Facebook Memes & Durkheim

This is the Meme I was talking about in class yesterday. Just thought it would be interesting to post so that everyone could see what I was talking about. It’s an interesting theory to contrast with, seeing how Iceland chose to do the opposite of what the rest of Europe and the U.S. decided to do. By bailing out the people instead of the bankers, allowed Iceland to push money into their economy through their citizens. Instead of penalizing the people for the banks faulty mistakes, they helped their citizens out and imprisoned the culprits who did the rest of their country wrong.

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3 responses to “Facebook Memes & Durkheim

  1. If only the rest of the world tried to learn something from them. Unfortunately, most of the people in power really don’t care about anyone else than themselves. And if someone does try to bring a positive change, those people will do everything in their power to bring them down. And this the bitter reality of almost every country in this world.

  2. This greed Is the foundation of capitalism in my opinion. So typical of the U.S to go after the victims and not the ones that started this mess
    It would be great if the U.S would have done the sme as Iceland maybe if their we’re harsh punishment for those that take advantage of the people. First of all if houses were not so ridiculously expensive with all the down payments and taxes aside from the mortage and interest then maybe more people would be able to keep their homes and their would not be such a high need for bankers to Len popl money.

  3. Thanks for posting, D. The case of Iceland is important. I’ve heard Icelandic commentators complain that the prosecution of financial crimes did not go far enough (that would mean bringing cases against people in the highest levels of government and their cronies in the private sector) and that reforms to their banking system have been insufficient. However, the contrast with the rest of Europe and the US is striking — here, lawmakers and regulators no longer even bother making *rhetorical* commitments to go after financial crime.

    Even if there were large-scale prosecutions here, it won’t do much to alter a more fundamental problem, which Claudia points out — the lack of affordable housing — or another fundamental problem suggested by Annie — the breakdown of representative democracy and the repression awaiting any serious challenge to the status quo

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