’Tis the season

This week’s oh-so-interesting social media meme shows the king and his adviser looking over the huge crowd who are armed with torches and pitchforks and want his head. The adviser comments to the king, “It’s easy, sire. All you have to do is convince the torch people that the pitchfork people want to take theirContinue reading “’Tis the season”

The ones who remember

Continuing musings from the conclusion of Fahrenheit 451 … Post-apocalyptic literature assumes that a cataclysm of some kind is the inevitable climax to dystopia — but catastrophe is always avoidable, until it isn’t. A series of choices makes the situation worse and worse until Big Brother micromanages lives (Nineteen Eighty-Four) or the populace lives inContinue reading “The ones who remember”

The myth of the masses

There was an empire and an emperor, and neither could see faces; they only saw the people, and they treated the people as if they were their children, and they taught the people to serve the emperor and the empire, but they never saw the faces, they only saw the mass, and they didn’t seeContinue reading “The myth of the masses”

Choose your boss

I try not to write about politics anymore. Once upon a time, I was a rabid Republican. That was when Republicans said things like “government should defend our shores and deliver the mail and otherwise stay out of our lives” and “In this present crisis, government isn’t the solution to our problem; government is theContinue reading “Choose your boss”

Let it never be said …

Let it never be said that it never be said. Let no thought be condemned to disappear because it was too much to bear. Foul thoughts, bottled up, tend to fester and grow even more foul if not let out into the air and allowed to mingle with clearer and saner fare. Am I advocatingContinue reading “Let it never be said …”

The Defiant One speaks

In a world cowering behind a mighty wall of fear and anger, the Defiant One strode confidently into the arena. The crowd would have cheered, but the authorities had banned crowds. He strutted pridefully to the center of the vast staging area and looked around at where the thousands of faces would have been. “YouContinue reading “The Defiant One speaks”

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