DAVID SIMON: THE CREATOR OF TWO AWARD WINNING HBO SHOWS: “THE WIRE” AND “TREME”
CREATIVITY MEETS ECONOMIC COMMON SENSE
It isn’t every day that you run into a creative spirit who also speaks eloquently about the current state of our economic affairs. If you have ever seen “The Wire,” Simon’s gritty, real world, picture of the drug trade in Baltimore or “Treme” his spectacular depiction of life in New Orleans Ninth Ward, you know that the man is talented. Certainly talented in creating gripping tales of a slice of Americana we don’t often see or think about. Let’s call it the “under-the-radar” folks and the lives they live. Sure, you and I may not be involved in the drug trade in West Baltimore, nor, perhaps, are any of us familiar with New Orleans outside of Bourbon Street and the Garden District, but based on his work Simon has a keen eye for the reality of life that poor and disenfranchised Americans are forced to live. Simon grew up in West Baltimore, was a police reporter for many years for the Baltimore Sun and this piece from a Bill Moyers show one year ago gives a good picture of why riots occurred in Baltimore. As he says “the drug trade was the only free market enterprise available to the youth of West Baltimore.” He knows what the real deal is.
You could apply Simon's take on where we are as a nation today, not only to Baltimore but to Ferguson and any number of other places around the country where the drug trade is the only viable option for ambitious, self-made entrepreneurs.
But then, that would be an indictment of the capitalist system. Wouldn't it?
Below, David Simon speaks at the "Festival of Dangerous Ideas" in Australia two years ago. More sensible analysis from someone who is both creative and wealthy yet still understands what it means to be an ordinary human being.
IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!