Rout of the Rebel Angels, by William Blake

A Dog Starv'd

A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.
      -- William Blake,
     "Auguries of Innocence"

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Misread Signals

The biggest long-term problem with the events of September 11, 2001, it turns out, wasn't the shock to the American psyche. It wasn't -- you may be surprised to learn that I believe this -- that it dragged us into a war on the political-philosophy-which-isn't that is terrorism.

No, the biggest, most outrageous, maybe the most cataclysmic* problem with 9/11 was that we, collectively, learned the wrong lesson:

A wake-up call, yes. Reveille. But it wasn't calling us to a War on Terror -- that is, on bullshit of a particular kind. It was time for a War on Bullshit of all kinds.

By now? We're waaaay overdue.

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* The jury's still out on that one.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Nance said...

For the War On Bullshit, I will both buy and sell bonds.

September 11, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger FLJerseyBoy said...

Hello, Nance. We don't get many commenters around these parts; very glad to see you here.

Bullshit Bonds! Oy. An idea whose time has come, methinks.

Maybe a Kickstarter project, hmm...?

September 12, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

So...any chance that Paul Krugman's anniversary column crossed your path - or Rummy's response?

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/the-years-of-shame/?scp=2&sq=krugman&st=cse
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/rumsfeld-cancels-new-york-times-subscription-over-krugman-911blog-post/

Some members of the previous admin are bigger tools than others, but he may only rank one lower than the Basilisk. I appreciate Rummy's own human reaction to 9/11 disaster - on the day, within the hour at the Pentagon. But once he dropped that moment of real humanity, he was just Dickie's dancing boy until his resignation. Wish I wasn't so bitter and cynical over a whole decade, it would make it easier to adopt a complete new perspective for the coming year on audacity and hope.
Bullshit Bonds sound like a good idea, but who would buy them? Us Lefties, and bottom 95% have been drained of our investments by the 3 decade long repression of the Middle Class. The Repuglicans that are not drinking the poisoned Tea, seem to have the cash in their 5% hands to pay for it, but would be ineligible to purchase I do believe. Wouldn't there be a requirement that they be in opposition to BS?

Oh wait, it would be perfect - just like a hedge fund. They BELLIEVE in the BS, but would be only too delighted to make money off the opposition to it! Yes, Kickstarter could be the next step. Let's come up with a plan... and enlist Steven Colbert's mega-PAC to fund them!

September 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM  

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