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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. George Orwell

I got a funny text today from a friend who said that Leslie and I need to cool it on the politics. Not sure if it is for our own mental health or if we are causing some sort of psychic disturbance and waves in the community.

I will certainly consider his words. But it is still a good time to keep an eye open. These are strange and curious times and I like to keep my own running record.

Please bear with me.

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. George Orwell

If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
Joseph Goebbels

1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

I am not bothered by your political commentary but there may be some wisdom in turning it down a bit to give those who aren't as concerned or as liberal a chance to think about something else. My view is it is worth waiting a while to see what the new administration actually does. There are some interesting surprises down the pike for them as reality meets ideology. I am certain that there will be some crappy things happening and that is what much of the rending of hair and tearing of garments by lefties is about today. However the bad things that are anticipated can be survived now and changed later if the new administration screws up in areas like job creation or by inducing stagflation after overheating the economy. We will also have to see if there is an erosion of basic rights and if the attempts at doing this produce a backlash. These things are worth being concerned about but they may not be so permanent. I have two big worries beyond what I have mentioned. If either comes to pass there could be serious trouble. The first big worry is international incompetence. We have a poorly educated (in foreign affairs) impulsive amateur in charge of foreign policy this brings up the possibility of big, serious and irrevocable mistakes being made in the international arena. The second worry is the emergence of an authoritarian possibly fascist leader who doesn't comprehend the mores of a representative democracy and who tries to destroy democratic institutions when they get in the way of "getting things done". Both of these big worries are possible but not yet worth reacting to yet. There is a big element of "wait and see" here and premature ejaculation (in the English language sense) does not realistically help anyone on any side to cope with the current reality. The future may be good, bad or completely god awful. If actions are taken that lead toward god awful that will be the time to begin an active resistance to the regime. Prior to that we might as well do some meditating while keeping a wary weather eye on the body politic.