There’s other stuff to occupy our time. We don’t have to spend all day plowing fields or killing Indians, or discovering washer-dryers and automatic garage-door openers and security systems, that’s all been done.
We really don’t have that much to do. This is our Jetsons time, when we can just whooosh around in the air with no roads and have something like fun.
And … It’s not really like that.
So, we imagine. We daydream. We wonder what life would be like …
I imagine that when we are not sweating we are studying history.
There is more to it than you know: U.S. History. There are lots and lots of Indians slaughtered, the Ludlow Massacre, Haymarket Square, Palmer Raids, lynchings.
There is so much to know and if you don’t know at least some of it, you don’t know anything. You don’t know what’s going on as you watch CNN.
But, surprisingly, CNN does make sense if you know what you are looking at.
In the December issue:
“The public’s general acceptance of the event’s validity and faith in resolution suggest a deepened credulousness borne from a world where almost all news and information is electronically mediated and controlled. …”
“There was an amazing statistic I heard on RT, that of Fox News viewers 47% believed the Sandy hook story we’d been told was bogus. …”
“This satire (is it really?) was originally based on the sexual scandals around our president at the time, Bill “Ignore my smirks” Clinton. In reality this film is really a testament to many of our presidents and how they use phony foreign threats to raise their poll numbers. …”
” … But there is always one serious obstacle blocking the way of Western imperialism – the barrier that prevents it from fully controlling and ruining the Planet. That obstacle, the barrier, is called the Great October Revolution and its legacy. …”
” … I wrote a lot of poems and essays about 9/11, some of which were in The Death of Sardanapalus and three anthologies that were entirely ignored though they had some terrific writing in them by better known folks than myself, but I don’t know that the truthwill come out in our lifetime. …”
” … I walked up the steps to the penitentiary that I had walked up just months before as a scared, chained prisoner in the rain at midnight.
“I talked to Leonard, face to face, with the guard standing close by. …”
The blame can be shared with U.S. immigration, with the greed of U.S.
business involved in Central America, the minions of the U.S. interest who form the 12 families that rule Guatemala. The blame can come equally with the U.S. military and their training facilities at the School of Assassins in Georgia.
“That’s all so much useless bullshit. It has absolutely nothing to do with Christ or our Church. In fact, it’s like a so-called religious branch of the State Department or the Pentagon, peddling the kind of religion that will allow murder to be legitimized, nukes to be created, the innocent and poor to be wiped out. …”
“Wolves at the Mall
whose credit is now restored, lifelocked, paying for everything with plastic,
culturally adept, socially savvy, whose agents, accountants, & lawyers speak
for them as they roll over & play dead
recognize how it is so utterly pass
to be Marxists, poets, or revolutionaries, to KILL
for ideas rather than sport to play possum with the facts:
loosening their ties, rolling up the sleeves of their button downs,
and changing into their blue jeans, storm the decadent heavens
to rout(e) the soviet league of the militant godless$ for the benefit of their shareholders
preaching a new heaven and a new earth, one where God watches over Wall Street
in exchange for Wall Street doing God’s work on earth, showing the multitudes
that they too shall one day perform greater—more lucrative— miracles
than the loaves & fishes in the liberation theology of the triumph of capitalism
And more, in this edition of Penn Magazine …pennmagazine.us Mike Palecek, editor
Chuck Gregory, publisher