Our town is building like crazy. And I don’t mean residential. Stretches of land that haven’t been able to sell since before I first came here are suddenly all booming. Banks, stores, even a new restaurant.
Is anybody observing anything like it? I’m glad, of course, but it seems like a bizarre time for a business boom.
OMG, I just discovered that some poor bastards are calling the Capitol break-in “insurrection.”
It was probably invented by the same bunch of rich people who brought us “Resistance” and “two weeks to flatten the curve.”
Another, much harsher Patriot Act is definitely coming. Because, in-SIRRR-ekshn!!
And the poor dumb idiots will be celebrating the taking away of their rights.
If Twitter can boot you off for political speech it doesn’t like, why can’t a bank or an airline do the same?
And then we can all chant “so start your own airline” together.
Another question is how short the distance from booting you from an airplane for political speech and booting you off for skin color. It happened before, so why not again?
To those who will say that it’s not a dictatorship unless you have secret police dragging people away to the dungeons, I suggest that you study the history of the post-Stalinist USSR where the dragging off happened in extremely isolated cases. In Cuba today there isn’t much dragging.
One strong charismatic leader isn’t a pre-requisite for a dictatorship either. Think about the many juntas that didn’t have just one person in leadership.
In the US we have a junta forming but people are looking in the wrong places for it. The junta is formed by Bezos, Dorsey, Zuckerberg and a couple of others.
When people said Trump was a dictator, they were full of crap. With Trump, could you say something negative about him? Criticize him? Organize politically against him? Contrast what you were allowed to say about Trump with what you are allowed to say about the BLM, the hongweibings of the junta.
Just as I prepare to start my course on Latin American dictatorships, the US suspends democracy and cancels freedom of speech. So now anything I say in class will sound political. Which I really don’t want to do.
Imagine how different the phrase, “today most Latin America is democratic and free” will sound compared to a few months ago.
It sure feels strange to teach about dictatorships as we get a crash course in how they work.
Klara loves to leave the room with, “Have a nice life, Mommy!”
I haven’t been able to convince her it’s rude. “But I wished you a NICE life, Mommy. That’s a good thing!”
Speaking of the nice life, we have been offered an extra turn in church, so we are going this Sunday and next week.
In view of recent developments, we need to put all we’ve got into developing our own and our children’s lower bulbs. We’ll need a lot of space down there to hide as deep as possible.