Monday, August 29, 2011

New Hedges

"...The trolls dominate or have neutralized every major institution in the country on behalf of their corporate paymasters. The press, education, Wall Street, labor and our political parties are managed by trolls or have been destroyed by them. Sometimes these trolls speak like liberals. Sometimes they speak like conservatives. Sometimes they are secular. Sometimes they are Christians. But the language they use is a cover for the relentless march toward a totalitarian capitalism and a kingdom where the trolls, if not the rest of us, live happily ever after. Rick Perry and John Boehner overtly make war on Social Security. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi say they would like to save Social Security but are sadly powerless before the decisions of a congressional super committee they helped form. The result, of course, is the same. We get to choose the rhetoric and manner in which we are deceived and disempowered. Nothing more."


Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

(Popular bumper sticker):
"We're spending our children's inheritance."

Wendell Berry: We've noticed that bumper sticker too. The problem with that is that it's a lot truer than the people who fly that particular banner understand. They're not just spending the money that a particular set of young people would inherit, but they're participating, as we all are, in the squandering of our natural and cultural inheritance.
Interview with Jordan Fisher-Smith.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Peter, interesting interview. Very interesting perspectives.

The most tangent and useful idea I took from this reading was when the discussion revolved around innovation and its affects. The question was posed, and which he pointed out is asked by the Amish of all innovation, "What will this do to our community?"

It seems capitalism is the antithesis to community. It seems predatory capitalism disregards this idea.

Thanks for sharing. Good stuff.

5:30 PM  

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