In Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Iceman Cometh, Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, a hardware salesman, has found peace. In contrast to Hickey is Harry Hope, the widowed proprietor of a saloon and boarding house. The way Hickey has found peace is to give up hope.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Hickey Finds Peace”, published to YouTube on April 18, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at about 7 minutes, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Eugene O’Neill wrote The Iceman Cometh in 1939. That is the context – 1939 – although the play itself has 1912 as the background.  In 1939, hope had been lost that the federal government could defeat the Great Depression. And so along comes Hickey, selling the idea that hope itself is the problem. Just give up your hopes, argues Hickey, and you can at least be at peace with yourself.
Hope had been lost in 1939. Hard times continued. “Ah, but without FDR and the New Deal, things would have been so much worse,” some may have said. Then, with hope gone that the federal government and the so-called “Federal” Reserve were almighty against economic woe, it became time for Phase 2: Production for Destruction. In other words, it was World War II that finally got the economy rolling. (Further background: Tourism In Syria, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 16, 2015. )
And here we are again: The “Federal” Reserve has failed to defeat the Great Recession. War hawk Hillary Clinton is on the rise. Whatever you think of Barack Obama, he has thus far blocked World War III. That will change when “tough gal” Hillary is president.
But at least YOU won’t be “over there” being shot at (you might think). Think again. A “GI Bill” encouraged enlistment during the WWII Production for Destruction. A different type of “GI Bill” which forgives student debt for enlistees will do the same.
And then, once you are “over there”, maybe you will “find peace”, just like Hickey did.
——- Sources ——-
 “The Iceman Cometh”, Wikipedia, April 19, 2016.
 Tourism In Syria, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 16, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/tourism-in-syria/