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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 04:59 PM

Despatches from the Nutshell

With election season gearing up, it's a dead cert we're going to have to endure plenty of wackjobbery from the clown car, as one candidate after another is tossed out, run over, backed over, and run over again, all the way down to the final consecration of our beloved Oligarchs' Last, Best Hope to Save the Nation from Obama and runaway socialist/fascist/communist/authoritarian/totalitarian class warfare.

Regardless of who that may be (I have my opinion, but I'm not sayin'...) we are going to hear the same litany of schizophrenic glossolalia over the next few months, hovering around a constellation of targets that include:

God-bothering: Why a Deity that presumably created an incomprehensibly vast universe with billions of stars, forms of life, manifestations of energy, etc., really, really wants this or that individual to win an election in one corner of one planet in one galaxy...

From the Nutshell, best possible response to this drivel: "ummm... yeah. Whatever. I'll check on that next time me and God are discussing the election."

Monging Fear on a (sorry) Biblical scale: Why THE WORLD IS GONNA END!! END, I TELL YOU!!! if this or that individual doesn't win the election.

From the Nutshell, best possible response to this spluttering incoherence: "By election day, our new Silurian Lizard Overlords are already gonna be in charge anyway. Why bother?"

And finally, Severely Witless Intellectual Libertarian Loopitude (SWILL): All of our social and economic problems are the individual's fault. Individuals make bad choices. That's why they get sick, lose jobs, are foreclosed on, can't pay their student loan debt, yaddayaddayadda..."

From the Nutshell, best possible response to this sleazy demagoguery: "The choices we make are limited to the choices we have."

And claiming that we have a "choice" over whether we enjoy social privilege conferred by our parentage, our skin color, our gender, our sexuality, our ancestry, or any other source, is a sure sign that the peddler of this claptrap is taking it deep and loving it, from our Beloved Oligarchs.

Claiming that we have a "choice" over how much and what kind of health care we can afford?

Claiming that we have a "choice" over the quality of the schools our parents have access to?

Claiming that we have a "choice" over whether to accept a job with a seven-figure salary and eight-figure bonuses and stock options, versus minimum wage?

Claiming that we have a "choice" over whether to consume that which is pushed at us by our Corporate Overlords, or invest every waking moment in seeking out and mastering the art of living "off the grid" or "out of the mainstream?"

Claiming that we have a "choice" over whether to commute to work in a cheap, gas-guzzling vehicle or use the abundant, easily-accessed and universally available public transit grid?

Claiming that we have a "choice" about living homeless or in a dangerous situation rather than in a safe, energy-efficient home?

Again: "The choices we make are limited to the choices we have."

From the Nutshell,


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Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:01 PM

1. "The Myth of Choice" is a really good book I am currently recommending......nt

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