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Glad tidings as reported in the journal of the professional malcontents:
To be sure, Obama’s victory spells neither the end of racism nor
the realization of full equality. Prepare for a backlash. Prepare
for a generalized sentiment in the white population that there no
longer is a need for affirmative action or other civil rights
protections once a black man sits in the Oval Office. Prepare for
blaming the victims of lingering and institutional racism for not
being able to get ahead.
New York Times
Another episode in the ongoing soap opera that is the National Football League, wherein middle linebackers can still be “victimized” without apparent embarrassment:
The Giants’ first home defeat ended a seven-game winning streak and followed a tumultuous week in which their star receiver, Plaxico Burress, was suspended, arrested, handcuffed, briefly jailed and charged with two firearms offenses after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub with an unregistered handgun.
Burress will not play for the rest of the season or the playoffs, but middle linebacker Antonio Pierce will. Pierce was with Burress during the November 29 mishap and was questioned by authorities on Friday about his role in the events.
It is impossible to know if the pressure affected Pierce’s play
Sunday, but he took two unfortunate penalties during the second
quarter and was victimized on Philadelphia’s pivotal touchdown, a
short pass behind him to Brian Westbrook.
(December 8, 2008)
Columnist Harold Meyerson, a louse in louse clothing, espies the economic consequences of his ideological allies’ sub-prime social engineering, shoddy banking practices, and apolitical greed; and what is his response? He compares “unregulated capital” to an ideology that in the 20th century killed 100 million people and impoverished still more.
In 1949, a number of famous writers, among them Arthur Koestler, Andre Gide, Richard Wright, Stephen Spender and Ignazio Silone, wrote essays explaining why they were no longer communists. The essays were collected in a volume entitled “The God That Failed.”
Today, conservative intellectuals might want to consider writing
a tome on the failure of their own beloved deity, unregulated
capitalism. The fall of the financial system has been so fast and
far-reaching that there’s been no time to fully consider its
implications for the reigning economic theology of the past 30
(October 15, 2008)
And from the prestigious Boston Globe comes word of the demise of one of young Harold Meyerson’s early inspirations:
Marilyn Ferguson, whose best-selling book The Aquarian
Conspiracy helped establish the New Age movement by tying
together its disparate threads, has died. She was 70…. The
Aquarian Conspiracy, published in 1980, was the first
comprehensive analysis of the various unconnected efforts—such as
scientists investigating biofeedback, midwives running alternative
birthing centers and a Christian evangelist promoting
meditation—that would coalesce into the New Age movement…. ”After
a dark, violent age, the Piscean, we are entering a millennium of
love and light—in the words of the popular song the ‘Age of
Aquarius,’ the time of ‘the mind’s true liberation,’” Ms. Ferguson
wrote in the book.
(October 3, 2008)