We All Live in Burma
I’m back! I fear I had to take a break from writing because studying the state of the world obsessively for over a year was getting to me. I’d say I have gotten more cynical, but sadly I think it’s closer to say I’ve gotten more realistic. And frankly, the reality of what is going on in the world today is depressing. At least I’ve solved the liberal/conservative thing to my satisfaction. They are both misguided philosophies. Hard core liberalism doesn’t understand that America has enemies and that the use of force is sometimes appropriate. The conservative philosophy is frightfully ignorant about who those enemies are and how we should fight them. It’s just a contest to see whose ignorance gets us all killed first. Sigh.
And the people running everything are neither liberal nor conservative. They are rich beyond imagination and willing to do anything to stay in power. The biggest conspiracy on the planet…organized government. The whole world is basically just a gang turf with various crime families trying to stay in power. Some more criminal than others, but all are basically the most frightening people of all: people who want to have power over other people. If we could just identify such people as children and make sure they never get into a position of authority anywhere, the world would be a nicer place. I know, not a practical idea.
Speaking of impractical, Pelosi and the Democrats seem determined to insult the Turkish government by passing a resolution condemning the genocide against the Armenians in Turkey some 92 years ago. That’s right, in order to placate key Armenian fund raisers in the USA we’re going to screw up relations with a key US ally. On the one hand, what the hell, if the Turks kick us out we can go back to having normal relations instead of pretending we are friends. (The Turks were only our ally because they feared the Russians more.) If we get kicked out of Turkey it will make it all the harder to continue our occupation of Iraq, so despite being a dumb idea I guess this has a silver lining.
In Iraq nothing new. The Republicans are getting really good at blaming Iraq for the mess we created, the line I am hearing more and more is that our glorious forces are doing fine upstanding work…but the Iraqis aren’t stepping up to the plate. Pretty much the same line used by many Israelis for the past few decades to explain why the occupation of the west bank and Gaza wasn’t going according to plan. See…when your plan is that the people you conquered should be grateful for being conquered and given the opportunity to emulate your way of life…it’s not a very good plan. This is possibly the biggest fantasy that has bedevilled the west since the Romans: “By God we’re bringing these barbarians modern civilization/Christianity/democracy…they should be cooperating with us not fighting us!”
Hasn’t worked out very well except for the aforementioned small groups of gangsters and powerful families who have gotten wealthy from war and colonialism. For there is no doubt about that, war and colonialism are fabulously profitable ventures for a select few. On both sides of the coin, one of the saddest things about the American “conquest” of the native American societies in the nineteenth century was that the whites never had any trouble finding an Indian who was willing to sell out his own tribe for a few shekels. Today those Indians are running casinos…simultaneously selling out other native Americans and fleecing poor whites as well. No problem here, the native Americans running the casinos are clearly well assimilated.
Speaking of assimilation, I came across something interesting. There’s been a lot of talk lately about how new immigrants to the USA aren’t assimilating properly, and this is all going to be some sort of terrible problem. Turns out this sort of argument has been used against every new wave of immigrants to the USA for centuries. And turns out that by the forties studies by sociologists had shown it was a crock. While many immigrants do not assimilate into the local culture, their children and grandchildren invariably do. So ethnic neighbourhoods are not a problem, they are simply how assimilation proceeds across the generations. The “immigrants aren’t assimilating” shtick is just another way the rich and powerful keep us peasants fighting among ourselves.
Sigh. Like so many other false arguments, it gets recycled endlessly. I know, I keep promising a post on false arguments, but it may be the most depressing post I’ve ever written so I am a little hesitant. Once one studies false arguments for awhile, it becomes frighteningly clear that there is no actual content to almost everything we see in the media or hear from our leaders. I feel like the guy who found the glasses in the SciFi movie “They Live.” In the movie an man finds a pair of glasses in the street and discovers that while wearing them he can see that aliens have infiltrated Earth and are secretly living among us for their own secret purposes. In my case the glasses just turn almost everything our leaders and pundits say and write into “bzzzzz bzzzzz bzzzzz.” It’s very disconcerting, doesn’t anyone have anything to say?
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