Saturday, July 03, 2004

A Challenge To Liberals

United States Liberals,

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Today as you live comfortably, as do I, billions live in fear of the next outrage. Not the meta-physical outrage of a bum trip or cloudy day but the outrage of a parasite, a bullet in the neck, the insecurity of the next check, the fear of the the lack of the next meal, and the never contemplated notion of most first worlders that they have at least a minor impact on the trajectory of their lives.

What are you going to do about this condition?

First, the most banal of our dilemas, voting in the next presidential election, which seems to exercise even the most progressive minded citizen of the USA. There is very little issue here: the son of the elite and the son of the elite differ slightly on the primary issue of the day-war and empire, one wants more troops in the latest colony (Iraq) to shore up the United States global position (the Democrat) and the other wants to maintain US dominance militarily and politically whether allied elites around the world agree or not. The vote should be for those that reject this Hobsian dilema between parties and movements that say no to war and empire and those who differ only in degree over the tactics of imperialism. It amazes me how much carbon dioxide is wasted n this clear choice between plunder and repression and humanity.

Second, if you live comfortably, why is this the case? Traveling in California the last two weeks it takes around forty seconds to figure out how many (28%?) of the population live in $600,000 dollar homes and drive SUV's and shop at Whole Foods for $12.00/lb Pacific Ahi Tuna. It's because on a daily basis a cheap working class, primarily from Mexico, toil for wages protected from inflation by the Hamiltonian paridise.

Friday, July 02, 2004


I have been traveling in sprawlville for the lat 10 days and will report later.