One lesson is that to understand what is happening we should attend not only to critical events of the real world, often dismissed from history, but also to what leaders and elite opinion believe, however tinged with fantasy. Another lesson is that alongside the flights of fancy concocted to terrify and mobilize the public (and perhaps believed by some who are trapped in their own rhetoric), there is also geostrategic planning based on principles that are rational and stable over long periods because they are rooted in stable institutions and their concerns.

squeebies: I really enjoy reading and/or watching Noam Chomsky's narratives on political situations. He is insightful, knowledgable and cuts through the garbage we are fed to the heart of matters with quotes and information as to the state of policy and affairs. Always depressing, full of new revelations about how evil, self serving and ultimately destructive the power players of our world are. If we have descendants they will point to this era as the dark ages of mankind.

Hubski is a classic case in point of the disconnect from the truly important issues. We are all much more interested and occupied by the many other (mostly trivial) things filling our world. I am included in 'the failings of the 99%'

May the Flying Spaghetti Monster have mercy on our souls.


posted by caio: 2497 days ago