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What Kind of Juggernaut is General Motors?

When I read the Detroit Free Press referring to bankrupt General Motors as a “juggernaut” this morning, I rolled my eyes. I thought that the newspaper was describing GM as a company with unstoppable strength.

It turns out, however, that there are two main definitions of the word “juggernaut”. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, they are:

1. Something, such as a belief or institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion or to which people are ruthlessly sacrificed. 2. An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path

To be honest, I have to say that I’ve never run across that first definition in general usage before. When it comes to General Motors, however, I think that definition is certainly apt.

1 comment to What Kind of Juggernaut is General Motors?

  • Tom

    Our economy used to be spoken about in similar terms. No more. As Obama said the other day in an interview: “we’re out of money” ie. BROKE. Since capitalism took over our democracy it’s been a steady erosion of wealth from enough for everyone and a viable economy based on fair trade to what we have now – most of the wealth is concentrated in the top 1% of the population, with subsidies and protectionist measures for large corporations, while the financial sector and Wall Street get to keep their profits but when they bet big and lose – it’s OUR debt!

    And as usual, the moronic populace, dumbed down to idiotic complacency by the sub-standard educational system, just plods along, ever-distracted, to the poor house. Democracy dies without a fight, just a whimper. Sad, innit?

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