On the eve of the Age of Bullshit, Where Hair Combs in Perpetual Motion…
I am reminded of the Keating 5 and Abramoff scandals. That office was a hit squad, killing big party momentum. It also tried to shine a light on the deep financial ties that bind the Americans who are always left to foot the bill, the ones who pay for it, millions of taxpayers, who lose their savings, to a few fat cats who simply want to stay fat or get fatter trying. It’s an lumpy stew of greed and stupidity that this office regularly challenges. It’s not complaints. That doesn’t even have the word ethics in it. It’s like shouting at a bag of okra.
The degree to which we are able to provide a verifiable method of holding accountable the actions of our public officials benefits everyone. Destroying the ethics office is sort of like the tide getting sucked way out to sea before the tsunami hits. A wall of bullshat four years tall is about to come functionally crashing down on American history.
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” – Doris Lessing
See you on an island in the modern age.