Flip sides of the earth………. 22 October 2008Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
Sunni Muslim women in Beirut take part in a protest demanding the release of prisoners accused of involvement in militant attacks. [AP via BBC]
Meanwhile on “our” side of the earth… Chris Hedges, from TruthDig:
[I] do not think George W. Bush or Barack Obama or John McCain or Henry Paulson are fascists. Rather, they are part of a cabal of naive, mediocre and self-deluded capitalists who are steadily weakening political and economic structures to a point where our democracy will become so impotent that it can be blown aside, probably with broad popular support. The only question is how this will happen. Will there be a steady and slow decline as in the late Roman Empire when the Senate ended as a farce? Will we see a powerful right-wing backlash from those outside the mainstream political system, as we did in Yugoslavia, and the rise of a militant Christian fascism? Will there be a national crisis [another one!? Well I suppose we are ripe for more… — Mcat] that allows those in power to instantly sweep away all constitutional rights in the name of national security?
I do not know. But I do know that what is coming, as long as our oligarchy remains in charge, will not be good. We will either recover the concept of the public good, and this means a revolt against our bankrupt elite and the dynamiting of the corporatist structure, or we will extinguish our democracy.
But, not to worry, none other than Chomsky says, OK by me to vote for the Democrat in that vaunted, drilled-in-our-ears-til-our-brains-are-dead way out, “the lesser of two evils”… over time they really do help people. (transcript, scroll down past comments)
And there’s nothing wrong with picking the lesser of the two evils. The cliché makes it sound like you’re doing something bad, but no, you’re doing something good if you pick the lesser of two evils.
Really? Or is it the barest of food for the starving so they can go on voting and hoping? That is my take. I am with Oriana Falacci who said, she’d not sneeze all over herself, voting for either Prodi OR Berlusconi (of course she sneezed massively, when meeting privately with JPII to discuss creeping Islam in Europe, but let’s not go there today!).
There are interesting comments in the thread from a reader, Doug Tarnopol. Link to his first, the continuation of three following are immediately above.
PBS’ The News Hour managed, somehow!, to have an extremely interesting segment with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, and Benoit Mandelbrot, on our current state… and they opened with an eye popper:
PAUL SOLMAN: We sat down with Taleb and the man he calls his mentor, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, pioneer of fractal geometry and chaos theory. And even more than feeling vindicated, they’re both scared.
NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB: I don’t know if we’re entering the most difficult period since — not since the Great Depression, since the American Revolution.
PAUL SOLMAN: The most serious situation we’ve been in since the American Revolution?
NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB: Yes.
PAUL SOLMAN: Professor Mandelbrot, can that possibly be true?
BENOIT MANDELBROT, Mathematician: It’s very serious.
PAUL SOLMAN: More serious than the Great Depression, possibly?
BENOIT MANDELBROT: Possibly. I hope not.
No soft pre-digested gibberish from them!
I have no idea what the stress is over this election. Just one more, and I fully expect to see pale pink lambkins* in the streets as soon as Obama is declared winner, around 9 pm ET Tuesday night (too likely leading to a softening of turn out in the West)..
The lambkins will sing, Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama is our Leader! …leading to a rising crescendo … OHH BAAAA MAH!!!! — evocative of the refrains of Tomorrow! Tomorrow! is only a day away!
Hell why not. No more lunatic than anything else on public offer…
* don’t miss the pink lambkin convo thread… esp if you need a laugh.