You know the old saw about the man with one eye in the land of the blind and being king.
They were wrong. The man with one eye in the land of the blind is shouted down and accused of making up this “vision” thing.
Which is why many of us feel a little — ah — Odd about the world we live in. Look, Zero edge thinks we live in a stupid country. It’s a fair cop, but misguided. After perusing things like this:
1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.
2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.
3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.
You could be excused for thinking so, but in fact it’s far, far worse than that. The truth is that we live in a world run by CRAZY people.
And yes, Zero edge has a little of bit of the infection itself. I used to think they were completely inane. Now I think they’re insane about half the time. The other half they’re… telling the truth about the bind we’re in, which is binding indeed. (Their comments are the nuttiest collection of conspiracy theorists, so read them only if you’re short on nuts in your diet.)
The half that they’re insane about is the bit where they kind of sorta of believe in the whole Marxist class warfare. Not that the crony-capitalist top of the pile isn’t revolting, but just because a pile of slugs is revolting, it doesn’t mean it’s causing the problems in the world. Not even close to all the problems in the world.
Fortunately we live int he US where speech is free — at least if you can buy political speech insurance.
If you’re about on the verge of tears, calm down. There is a reason — if not a method — for all this madness.
I was talking to my friend Bill Reader yesterday and I posited that in fact what we’re seeing is the convulsions on the way to ah — and here I’ll drive the commenters at zero edge insane — a new world order.
And before all you sane (?) people edge towards the exits, I’m not going to start raving about the trilateral commission and chemtrails. I’m simply going to note that the industrial revolution lead to a world of larger and larger political units. (And in the states, to the consolidation of Federal power.)
I’m not going to start an argument with anyone — again — over what is needed for large scale manufacturing and the changes likely to come or not. Though I’m going to guess the changes in a hundred years are likely to surprise all of us. Mostly because we won’t be different human species, but never mind that.
But I’m going to point out that even as the industrial revolution happened farming stayed the principal occupation of everyone for a long, long time. We’re now at the beginning of another revolution, kind of where we were 300 years ago. Large scale manufacturing is ceding primacy to for lack of a better word “individual industry.”
This is going to create a lot of bump and grind, and not in a good way. For one countries are different places along that road. For another, those wedded to a Marxist narrative hate the new direction like poison, which is how we get the actual idiot in the guardian who said that self-publishing was retrogade. But in the end, we should end up somewhere with smaller units of government and perhaps at least in some of them a bit more freedom. BTW my friend Bill brought up the “copycat effect of history.” And I told him I expect Catalonia and the Basques and perhaps at the end of it even the North of Portugal joining in. We’ve tried the massive units that give no representation to the individual and attract all the power hungry sharks. Let’s go the other way now. So while they’re not on the same page, I found this article from zero edge interesting.
They don’t know if they’re coming or going. No wonder they obsess about stuff like this. Because, yeah, this whole “we need more upper class females everywhere, from gaming to writing” is the most important thing ever. Gynocracy forever.
Be of good cheer. We’re not likely to see the end of this transition period, which means we’re stuck living in interesting times. BUT at least we see with eyes unclouded by Marx. And we know at the end of this we win they lose.
And there are surprising signs of sanity. Though of course, for my money, you’d dump the politicians straight into the shark infested waters and skip the “survival” part.
And that’s Friday. On personal news, I realized — and this sounds entirely stupid a thing not to have realized before — that the problem this, oh, year and a half, is that my imagination had shut down. I was running on craft, fumes and cannibalizing some of my own old ideas. This worked for shorts but not for novels.
I realized it because the imagination is back and things are flowing. Why?
I don’t know. Could be a number of factors ranging from the likely (fixed vacuum which has been off for 3 years, and breathing is WAY better. Also, hormonal stuff seems to be settling down.) To the nuts and unlikely but maybe possible (I’ve been taking vitamin b-12. I have no idea why that would help, but hey, it’s not cocaine, so, on the off chance, I’ll keep taking it.) I will not do chapters this weekend, as I THINK I really can finish Through Fire. (Please, no crazy stuff, for one weekend?)
But there will be other posts here, so stay tuned.
And now I’m going to clean cat boxes because culture, history and politics is all a distraction. The highest purpose of human is to cater to cat.