Fishing As The World Burns
I just returned from a week of trout explorations, two days on the Ruby River ( which I actually started exploring last year) and three days on Hebgen Lake hunting the legendary "gulpers",which I had never done. What a hoot! Exacting fishing, using sight and sound, the closest thing to bonefishing I have found in fresh water. Consistently big fish (3 to5 lb) on 5x. You may be wondering, how does a fishing guide get to take a week off in the height of the season to go fishing? The answer is, I am blessed. I have the things I need and the time to do the thing I love and believe me ,I appreciate it. It is more probable you are wondering, is this bastard sick? ( fishing on his time off from fishing) The answer ,of course, is most definately.
Back to the "Real World". William Sanchez, an attorney for the Cuban -American non-profit Democracy Movement, urged Bush to TELL Cuba to set an elections timetable and LET Cuban-Americans come to the island to HELP with a political transition. OK, here we go.
Is a Cuban-American like a German -American? No. They are Americans only until they can get their hands back on their villas and plantations and casinos again and they want your tax dollars and cruise missles to help them do it. Has William Sanchez ever heard of Luis Posada? These are fascists who worshipped at the feet of Batista and they are drooling at the chance for another Bay of Pigs. I know which side I would fight on. Luckily Bush has his hands full with some of his other "transitioning" projects.
"Popular movements around the world often use non-violent civil disobedience to break impasses at critical moments of TRANSITION. Mexico today faces such a critical moment." Laura Carlsen , IRC. I would love to be camped in Mexico City ( but I have to go back to work) with the protesters. Americans are getting a lesson from their brown brothers again. I still wonder about the position of Marcos and the Zapatistas.
"How much longer will we accept that this world so in love with death is the only world possible?" Eduardo Galeano This is my segue into our continual, and important, discussion on Utopia, utopian visions, political possibilities etc. The Great Liberal ,Arthur Schlesinger Jr.( yes, I am being snarky again) warned us in his manifesto, The Vital Center, that : "The Utopians believed man to be perfectable; and that radiant belief permitted some of them to slide over into the INEVITABLE next step- that is ,to believe that they, at least, were already perfect. Men in a conviction of infallibility can sacrifice humanity without compunction on the altar of some abstract and special good." Hence, totalitarianism, both then( Hitler , Mussolini, Stalin etc..) and now.
Us socialists understand the dangers of utopianism equally well yet continue to believe that "imagining the good society" is an intrinsically human impulse. Not Perfect, but Good. Irving Howe and Stanley Plastrik described it such , back in 1954: " Today ,in an age of curdled realism, it is necessary to assert the utopian image. But this can be done meaningfully only if it is an image of social striving , tension ,conflict; an image of a problem creating and problem solving society."
Of course there will always be the "knucklehead factor" ,even in (or especially in) the working class. But this is no excuse to sink into acceptance of irrationality. (or sinfullness ,Wiser)