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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Conversation

Conversation
"Revolution!" He snorted. "What in the fuck are you talking about?"

"Oh, calm down, dumbass," Martin rolled his eyes. "You know what I mean."

"Well, no, actually. I don't." Jokay was being a bit disingenuous here, but baiting Martin was not a bad way to pass the time. "All that violent shit never gets anyone anywhere."

"Violence? Who's talking about violence?" This really got on his nerves. Baited, he was. "Same with 'anarchy.' The two sweetest and most liberating ideas to infect the human mind are forever associated with violence." He paused. "Well, maybe you're right... about the 'violence' part, not whether it got anyone anywhere. Not that I'm answering that right now."

"No, no. Of course not." Jokay smirked. "Do go on."

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Musings On Bubbles And Growth And, Yes, Personal Responsibility

Cry Of The Masses

I am not an economist.

That is a very popular (dis)qualification being thrown about these days, a natural consequence of a nation of somnabulists grudgingly educating itself. Honestly, this empire is/was wealthy enough to forestall reality for a very long time, certainly longer than it is/has, but sheer exuberance and hubris has accelerated its inevitable and unforgiving arrival.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

War is Murder

Thank you, Arthur:
You already know what I'm about to tell you. But most people refuse to understand what it means, because most people are miserable cowards. It is certainly true that virtually all of us are taught to obey and to believe those in positions of authority. Yet once we are adults -- and certainly if we regard ourselves as independent, thinking adults to any significant degree -- we can challenge the lessons we've learned, and even reject them entirely when we determine those lessons are horribly, even evilly wrong.