On the Tragedy in Colorado . . .

As we see elite conservatives desperately trying to cling to the last vestiges of post-colonial privilege and status, duping the working-class to side with them along the way in cutting every social safety net like Edward Scissorhands and leaving a dystopia in the wake that would make Orwell, Vonnegut, and Huxley blush what do we we see: a structurally user "unfriendly" socio-economic order ("capitalism") growing increasingly out of balance in the US.

Austerity

Gunmen like the one today in Colorado, the recent episode of "wilding kids" at WalMart are largely the sociologically predictable and logical fallout of America's failure in addressing myriad socio-cultural-political issues ranging from poverty, to education, to opportunity, to civic relations and discourse, and beyond.

As long as the country continues to flirt with the "I got mine, get yours," Ayn Randian economic-political perspective, I do fear things will only get worse.

Bottom line: the country needs to once-and-for-all evolve beyond the class-based, post-colonial structure of the United States and enter the "it takes a village" promise of "America" -- and become a "user friendly" culture and society for ALL if it hopes to continue to lay claim on being the "beacon for the world".

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  • Hear, Hear! Well-said, brother.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you my friend. Spead that sensitivity . . .

  • Since the 1960's, trillions of dollars have been transferred and spent on exactly the things you mention: poverty, education, etc..

    Surely this utopian village should have formed by now and be nourishing the huddled masses and the unwashed that seem to be the object of your concern and, I'd say, thinly veiled distain: (Oh, the poor, stupid ORDINARY volken, duped by those elite conservatives).

    This unfortunate doctorate student, a registered democrat, by the way, obviously suffers from not enough discourse and village hugging.

    Many countries have "evolved" past the rough and tumble of capitalism and adapted the collective construct of the state- village, in the name of socialism or communism, and, well, have executed some great pograms against the village enemies, such as jews and the Romani, no movie theaters needed. I guess this is the evolution we seek.

    Your cabin reminds me of Ted Kaczynski's little grovel hovel. Some of the ideas, too. Ted was such an elite conservative, as we know.

    This is sensitivity misplaced, certainly.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Let's break you down point-by-point:

    1) We can go on and on how money spent is not necessarily money spent WELL! Who predicts a "utopian village"? Is that what you are expecting? If "the village" to which I allude was filled with patriotic, caring, community oriented citizens (ie. concern for the ENTIRE American community including those not of your faith, "ethnicity," gender, "orientation") as opposed to the current vanguard of neo-Bircher, neo-Randian inspired neo-feudal, quasi-separatists we might be getting somewhere -- at less cost!

    2) "Registered Democrat," something I am not, NRA member -- who cares who this guy is. You help prove my point that as conservatism gets relegated to minority status with the demographic changes the country is going through, neo-liberal, 3rd-way centrist Democrats like the President will rise to majority status as they absorb moderate Republicans like Jon Huntsman and shed the likes of Nancy Pelosi whose politics will be absorbed by the country's new 2nd party; the Green Party or something similar.

    Refer to the concept of "Realignment". We could very well be headed toward this once again with the last "realignment" in your aforementioned "60's".

    Congrats on being a "doctoral student". I ended my study to start a business. The research was killing me!

    3) You are certainly entitled to your interpretation of American history and the evolution of the exclusionary nature of American-style capitalism (the excluding of women, Natives, African-Americans, and others for the majority of our republic's duration), but give me the "Nordic model" anyday as an example of modernity, citizenship, and patriotism. The highest life expectencies, lowest infant mortality, top percentiles in education, greatest access to healthcare, low crime rates . . . need I really continue? And before you note their "homogeneous" population . . . so what. It begins with community and how you define that. None of us save the Natives "belongs" here!

    4) TK's ideas? Hardly. I am not a brilliant, miserable, misanthropic, anti-social citizen. I fly the "freak flag" but in a different way -- and no, not that way! But thank you for noting my "punny," sarcastic attempt at double-entendre! (I know, I am no Jon Stewart!) ;)

  • In reply to Ameriviking:

    . . . The US used to be society built on community, until the government decided . . . .

    [edited by post author for redundancy]

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    There is that big, bad Godzilla-like "government" being employed again. Ohh . . . You do realize don't you that the "government" is completely made up of career non-political and "temporary" political appointments: American taxpaying citizens don't you? Again, they are not wind-up robots. And then the politicians . . . well, they might be.

    Seriously, you "claim" (at the very least infer) some wonderful "community" existed "before". Always interesting this mythical period -- "before". Before what? Before women's "lib," before civil rights legislation, before "gay pride" . . . yeah, because "reconstruction," Jim Crow, opponents to school desegragation, the Stonewall riots, and more recently "Papers Please" laws like those in Arizona have really shown that sense of "community" that you get puffy-chested about. There was community; and sadly it was an exclusive "macro-community" of a few elite whites in the United States -- and then the disparate and detached micro "communities" of the white middle-class and the various, marginalized "ethnic enclaves" that labored, roundly creating and entering the middle-class thanks to unions and yes . . . the government (the GI bill and other policies that helped to expand the middle-class)!

    . . . and you know I could go on in citing example after example!

    I am through with your position. I have allowed you two full opportunities to present your case . . . we will let the readers decide henceforth.

    Thank you for your time.

  • Oh, drat, another censored blog. Post 'em as they are played, for God's sake! Or retire.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Sorry not to adhere to your timetable, some of us run our own businesses! Get your own blog if you think anyone would read it.

    I'll take that apology now!

  • Since you're asinine enough to bring politics into this tragedy, please realize this kid may indeed have connections to the Occupy Wall Street movement, you know, that movement that doesn't like capitalism or big business too much, kind of like your views.

  • In reply to gwill:

    You obviously don't follow the news much do you? Right-wing-nut and storyteller, "Drudge" "politicized" this LONG before I posted! And if you had read critically, you will have gleaned not a political perspective but more of a sociological observation in this post.

    Read, for your edification: Drudge, Breitbart.com, and ABC on the Dark Knight Rises Theater Shooting: #Fail

  • In reply to Ameriviking:

    Your post is oozing politics from its decrepit pits of pretentious asshattery. Whether you read this post critically or through a dang kaleidoscope, it is undoubtedly and unmistakably political.

  • In reply to gwill:

    LOL, well politics are a derivative function of the social sciences so I understand your confusion.

    Again, unlike the storyteller Drudge who referenced a specific political entity in which to infer blame and politicize in the process, I conceptually referred to "conservatives" (which are not a political party rather a philosophical postion found in the amorphous "right"), making the entire post one well within the realm of sociological thought -- not political activism. If "politicized activism" bothers you in this matter (as it does me), chastize "Drudge"!

    Hope this helps to clear things up for you!

    . . . and if the "hat" fits which yours seems to . . .

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