An interesting article was published today regarding the unemployed and their lack of a loud voice in the public discourse. While this article does a great job at discussing how labor and unions were once loud and influential in our society, I think it missed an important point: Shame.
I would contend that shame is a very powerful emotion that is both isolating and debilitating. Many people have not only been hit with unemployment, but they've lost their home as well, which can be a double dose of shame. Compound bad event after bad event and you find people who have become quite reclusive.
Please take a look at this Yahoo! Tumblr site and you'll see that the unemployed are out there talking, but their stories are those of despair and heartache. Their energy has gone into finding employment, not screaming at a political system that is cozy with the very establishment that has just thrown them out on the street.