I began this blog for a number of reasons. One of them is that I believe it is the duty of all civilized people to speak out on issues that concern us all, that much the more when such people perceive an injustice.
Another is that I have lost all faith in the ability of mass media to report accurately ( read: non-ideologically ) on any serious subject. (That is, when they bother to report on a serious subject seriously. ) Please note, I an not putting forth the absurd argument that there is a “liberal media” dominating and distorting the USA.
I leave that to the mentally ill.
I am speaking of the self evident corporate monopoly on every form of media and the servile offerings their “journalists” spew forth for our consumption and every deepening intellectual and spiritual retardation. Corporate values — subservience, worship of power, religious devotion to authority figures, and a complete absence of any and all democratic impulses — were long ago internalized by such “journalists” as they are, indeed, day by day, insidiously internalized by ourselves.
Yet another reason for this little blog is my certainty that if humane change is ever going to happen in America, it will never flow from the top down ( it never has ) but must be forged upwards from the street.
My writings are my little efforts in that struggle.
What is certain is this: we have entered a stage in human history in which not only do the current systems no longer work, they are actually pernicious. Only a fool can believe our economic system can sustain itself and by extension, ourselves. Only a bigger fool can think that we can continue to rape the earth and it too will continue to sustain us.
Both political parties in this nation are spent forces and increasingly ridiculous bullshit machines. In that void steps the corporate machine supplying endless diversions and an almost military order.
We are, I believe, in great danger. Our answer to that danger, by and by, is to entertain ourselves not unlike “the sickness unto death.”
Writing is one way to articulate and confront that danger, as best one can. And so I do it.
My writing has appeared in many publications including Truthdig, The Catholic Worker, Alternet and the Socialist Worker. I have also read my work on WBAI and appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.