Say The Word
And you'll be free. And be like me. Im talking here about Capitalism, a word which has vanished from the middle brow American discussion, and not Love, a word which still gets bantered about endlessly. Watching Gwen Eifel (PBS newshour) lead a panel at some sort of Aspen Institute "ideafest"I was struck by the quality of the discourse, quite high, along with the fact that they danced and darted and skirted what is ,after all, the essential question, the economic system. They talked about war and civil liberties and poverty and rights but the word capitalism is never mentioned at that level of discourse. It is in fact taboo. It is never said on your TV, in your newspapers, and rarely in your magazines. It's right here in the blogosphere though, everyday.
In a winning essay (Nation Student Writing Contest) young Sarah Stillman's analysis is brilliant as far as it goes, but she can't say the Word ,can't make the leap.Describing her generations conundrum:"Our left brains are working furiously to catalogue and explain innumerable injustices, while our right brain screams that we must respond creatively...we are a generation...utterly confounded about how to bridge our intellectual realizations about social problems with our imaginative capacity to enact solutions."
Its called the Left, darlin, and it was not that long ago that the idea had force. Say it Sarah, Capitalism. Say it a couple of times, it will get easier and easier.
It looks like Commandante Marcos and the Zapatistas got what they wanted. Am I wrong or are there parallels with the Ralph Nader Voters getting what they wanted in 2000? Maybe it is the best strategy for REAL change, but the practical me still thinks an Obrador win would have been a victory for the true Left. Onward through the fog.
We are getting lots of rain here in Montana, the land is green and the rivers are still running high. The trout are loving it and look good, the skinny Big Hole rainbows notwithstanding.