The stock markets are soaring: the Dow is at record levels and the FTSE almost back where it was in 2001 before the blip. Three cheers for the bourgeoisie, they've put everything right again. The crisis is over! Ugh! What crisis?
In the UK the Chancellor of the Exchequer is happy and cracked a smile. He says there's jobs for everyone, and if you want to work hard you can. It's the shirkers and idle buggers who dont like hard work who cause all the trouble. He even says that those who work really hard will be rewarded and will almost be able to earn enough to live on. Almost. In case you cant work it out for yourself, you can do this by taking on a number of part-time jobs. Those who complain about the difficulties involved in juggling the timing of more than two part-time jobs a day, should stop whining and "get on their bikes" as recommended by the late great prime minister Margaret Thatcher, now an Oscar Winning film star. Another government big noise Ian Duncan Smith took the trouble to point out that he can live on £53 a week. So there! You can do this if you stop eating and feeding the kids. You just need initiative like Ian himself, and try and make a personal effort, and stop whinging like lousy poms, and remember the war time spirit and V for Victory. Did Winston Churchill ever complain? Of course he didn't!
It's the idle rich unemployed who cause all the trouble in the UK, living like lords on handouts and the non-stop benefits of the Welfare State. It's this group of spongers and lick-spitlles who are leading those who want to work hard for nothing astray. Well, the Chancellor can tell them their day is over! And they'll have to learn to live in a house with no spare bedroom too. Does the Chancellor have spare bedrooms? Well of course he does. But then he works hard and deserves every penny and every spare room he can get.
In the USA, with the soaring Dow, prospects are now so good that the President can devote all his time to guns and the gun lobby. Gone are the economic woes. Even N.Korea isn't a problem. Now that the good times are back we can blow them out of the water anytime we like. Or just drone them.
Even S.East Asia, that zone of eternal peace, poverty and sunshine, is undergoing a massive outburst of growth and prosperity as the crisis recedes (what crisis was that?) and those who never ever had in their lives two baht or three rupiah to rub together now find they have wow! eight or nine. New buildings jump up like energized mushrooms. And locals who never left the village before, can afford a long weekend in Bali, Singapore or Hua Hin. The prospect of prosperity for ever spreads out like a never ending carpet. Such joy; such happiness. Capitalism has broken open the doors to paradise itself. Or so it seems.
So the recovery is everywhere, and everyone is happy, or so the news programs would have us think. Even Nelson Mandela is getting better again. Even the Queen recovered. Even the bad weather will improve at some point won't it?
So what do the rising markets really indicate. Is capitalism going to recover again for a few years. Can the bourgeoisie really get away with it again? Or is it all a dream that ends in broken shards?