It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Monday, November 11, 2002
Mother Davis gets out her calculator to try to figure it all out again as she hears the following news from our Republican rulers:
The Fuzzy Math Committee of the Republican Party is at it again, now that they no longer have very many mealy-mouthed Democrats to get in their way. These elephantine conservatives say that they're going to fix the economy by rapidly expanding military spending, thus bloating the national government's budget to levels unseen since the 1980s. The next step will be to cut taxes for corporations and rich people. Finally, the Republicans plan to cut the budgets of safety nets like medicare (programs used by people who aren't so rich because the economy has gone to the dogs since G.W. Bush took office).
This is what Republicans call fixing the economy? It looks more like the fix is in!
Figuring the difference between budget calculations and cold calculations,
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