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governed by idiocy and prejudice
November 14, 2011, 4:04 pm
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In our recent economic downturn, people say that there is a culling happening, that the brightest and the best are being retained in their companies while the dubious and slovenly are let go.  They say that this is a good thing, as the fit become fitter and human progress is assured.  No one really says what happens to all the people that slip through the cracks:  trampled underfoot perhaps, but anyway out of sight out of mind.

This version of who sinks and who swims doesn’t fully square with my experience.  I have found that, at least sometimes, the loyal and boring tend to rise quickly and entrench, while the smart get restless and make waves and are let go, or get bored and leave of their own accord.

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how to be a bohemian

“Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of York, ” said Richard III.  Things were looking up for Richard as his brother had just been made king.

Was the collapse of our banks the winter of our discontent, now being made glorious by people around the world – starting with the Arab spring and spreading some months later to America – to walk the streets, to camp in parks, to make demands, to express their dissatisfaction with a world that has become unequal?

The analogy isn’t quite right:  Shakespeare’s peerless words perfectly describe a thawing; but Richard’s glorious summer was decidedly murderous, and the one flowering for us appears to be much more hopeful.

The peaceful occupiers in America don’t have murder on their minds.  But all of the elements found in the bard’s phrase: discontent, flowering summer, and even the scheming and murderous intent of the protagonist Richard III, are evident in the protests that are happening across America.

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