What should have been

In an alternate universe, March 2020. “No.” “I beg your pardon?” “No. I’m opening my restaurant tomorrow morning, same as always, and I’m coming to work and serving whoever shows up to buy a cup of coffee, two eggs, bacon and hash browns or whatever.” “But the bug —“ “If we all catch the bugContinue reading “What should have been”

The state and the individual

Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatestContinue reading “The state and the individual”

Ebeneezer Scrooge as role model

As I come within spitting distance of my 70th birthday, now 13 months away, I increasingly am convinced that the ruling class of this world, like all sociopathic criminals, is always looking for ways to decrease the surplus population. The phrase is from Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Representatives of a charityContinue reading “Ebeneezer Scrooge as role model”

Permission to repeat myself

Writing with a pen in a journal is a different exercise from writing at a keyboard — this almost silent scratching out of words in the old way, as Hawthorne and Emerson must have done, the words forming letter by letter from my hands — but I repeat myself. Of course, if I write everyContinue reading “Permission to repeat myself”

Canadian truckers speak for us all

I spent time Saturday morning catching up on the independent journalist coverage of the Freedom Convoy standoff in Ottawa, where the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Ontario continue to defy the people’s demand to loosen the chains they have put on their nation’s economy. In a remarkable article by Rupa Subramanya thatContinue reading “Canadian truckers speak for us all”

I’m not saying this, but I might be thinking it

I really don’t want to be a “conspiracy theorist,” but sometimes you just gotta wonder, says I. Yesterday, while searching for something else she wrote, I found a 2019 article by Bretigne Shaffer called “Is Vaccine Safety Too Dangerous for Us to Discuss?” It begins with a description of how HuffPost had deleted a 2013Continue reading “I’m not saying this, but I might be thinking it”