This morning Chris Hedges let loose another one of his doom-laden fusillades, this one about the grotesque bromance between the Trump and neo fascist Christian evangelicals as personified by Pat Robertson et al. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/trump_and_the_christian_fascists_20170723. He shows us an alternate US reality, followed by thirty million pissed off Americans that is, in shocking ways, a mirror image … Continue reading Anecdotage #2 On the uses of despair
'I thank thee, oh Lord, that thou hast not made me a woman', goes an old patriarchal prayer that could be fine tuned thus: I thank thee, oh Madam, that thou hast not made me an economist. I am quite sincere: these are not good days for economists because we are about to 'celebrate' the ten … Continue reading Consider the poor economist
Tales from the land of old age #1 Once upon a time, it was still possible to think that in spite of all evidence to the contrary, one could evade, sidestep or at the very least, ignore old age. Those were good days when I was able to live the 'active senior lifestyles' promoted in … Continue reading ANECDOTAGE
Having just finished a Memoir REBEL MUSE My life with Peter Paul Ochs and a website http://www.peterpaulochs.info/ I am feeling a tad wrung out. And I haven't written on this blog for months, bad girl. In spite of all that, while reading the Guardian this morning, I came across a new name in the emerging … Continue reading The Lure of the Hopeful Guru
Before you can make things better, you have to accurately name them. Put another way, it helps to understand why things are so fucked up, man. And then you can make a list of how to tackle the beast. The chattering classes call it a 'crisis of legitimacy' brought on by you know who. Since … Continue reading Gaming the Political System
Let's just stop pretending that the Big Ideas still work. I'm talking about Capitalism, Democracy and Freedom, or CDF. It could be the name of a party, and in fact, it is: it's the party line we've all been working for, all our lives. But it has delivered Trump, the gnashing of teeth and Climate … Continue reading Building Our Own Tiny Huts
Let's keep this short and bitter: I just came back from the City of Angels, where I listened to Californians talk about their 'election'. It's is a bit like talking to your six-year-old about Santa: she wants to believe, but she already has serious doubts.