Have thought about whether to write about how the world occurs to me outside of the hiking life. Largely I don’t want to piss of any of you that are enjoying the travelogue. But… the world has gotten so fucking weird that it just has to come out…
When The Donald was elected, I went into shock and awe. Is this really the country I live in? I devoured the news to see what happened. Then, realized that they had it all wrong. It wasn’t the Democratic Party, It wasn’t Comey, it wasn’t voter suppression. It wasn’t the sabotage of Bernie. Yes, they all played a part. But there’s a bigger cycle at play here.
Trump is NOT an accident. The right has been planing this for a long time. It’s also part of the cycle the US has been through since it’s beginning. Move a bit too far socially and the corporations and their police/national guard/military come in and slap everyone down violently. Then the next phase of social building begins. Three steps forward, two steps back. Round and round.
Trump is the expression of our collective shadow. Of the denial we live in as a country. Of the deflect and entertainment the passes as news. Of the dumbing down of education. If the lowering of expectations.
Remember Ben Franklin answering the question, “What have you men done” during your Constitutional Convention? He says, “We’ve given you a Republic, if you can maintain it.” Jefferson said the ongoing health of the country would depend on education.
Well, our public school text books are now written in Texas to meet the lowest common denominator. The publisher doesn’t want the expense of printing multiple versions of the books… So our children get taught what is acceptable to Texas. Just do a Google search for “textbooks written in texas”. It’s quiet a story. And not discussed in political circles.
I’ve been remembering books I’ve read on US history, and read some new ones during the election cycle.
The Donald is an expression of what we’ve been doing to the world for a long, long time. The fox, has come home to roost.
Ever see the movie “Life and Debt”? It used to be on Netflix. It’s the story of the IMF and World Bank’s destruction of the economy of Jamaica. Using debt to create compliance and then using US corporations to undermine the existing economy to create an economic client state. Watch interview with filmmaker here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/lifeanddebt/video/stephanie-black-2001/
Ever hear of The School of the Americas? This was a US training site for police and military of Central and South America on how to stop protests against US corporations taking over the country, against authoritarianism, etc. It was closed in 2000, renamed and responsibility transferred from the CIA to the Defense Department. Same intent, updated tactics… http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=81917&page=1
Heard of Naomi Kline? Author of Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. This is still the playbook of most international corporations. Definitely the playbook of this administration. The movie that summarizes the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Klein-Naomi-Rise-Disaster-Capitalism/dp/B0031TOH7Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1490557987&sr=1-2&keywords=shock+doctrine
There’s so much more rumbling around in this brain and heart about all of this. Thoughts and investigations I’ve had for decades coming into focus… More later…