Listen to this, then.
From NPR, Chicago Public Radio and This American Life producer Alex Blumberg, a 5-minute primer on why the whole economy is going down in flames, illustrated by an incident in a primary school in the early 1980's.
Today, Josh Bearman has gone straight. He's a successful writer in Los Angeles. But he was briefly a criminal mastermind — in 1980 — when he transferred to a new school in Minneapolis and joined the third grade.This is 5 minutes of your life you will not regret. Or forget.
It was a fancy school where all the kids had fancy snacks like chewy granola bars and Rice Krispies treats.
Bearman himself grew up in a spartan home with no sugar.
To make matters worse, kids wouldn't just eat their lunches — they'd flaunt them. Every day, a brisk trade in lunch snacks would take place. Kids would pile all their best items onto one main table and start bartering.