Saving Truth From The Memory Hole

    In George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984, “the memory hole” is one of the ways the rulers of his dystopia maintain control of people’s memories.  In our own time, the dystopia we are living through now, the memory holes are many and varied; they range from the steady closing of public libraries to the…

Zhongguo Ciyou, Wansui!

On June 4, 1989, armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) violently suppressed peaceful demonstrations in and around Tiananmen Square, in Beijing.  Similar actions occurred in other locales across China, but media coverage–and eyewitness testimony by survivors–was focused on Tiananmen.  My personal memories of the time are partly those of coverage on TV,…

Senator F-35

  Vermont is a poor state where benefits are slight and there is a steady exodus of younger people.  It is understandable that a concern of elected officials is to bring employment opportunities to the state.  Less understandable is that someone self-identified as a socialist and a sometime critic of the money-bleeding “defense” boondoggle, would…

ISO, SWP, and Sects Appeal

I have sometimes thought it might be a hit if the doings of political groups distinct from and to the left of the Democratic Party could be variously portrayed as a soap opera or a play.  Were I to provide a title I think aptly contemporaneous, I might choose “As The World Burns.”  The idea…

Yes, Democrats Would Rather Lose

    This article is reasonable and its logic is sound; the problem is that it is based on a major assumption that is false.  The author believes that the effective rulers of the Democratic Party are willing to go against their corporate base, if the alternative means losing office.  From the standpoint of the …

Diannesaurus Meets The Little Mammals

“Screeee!”* the Senator (aka “Big Liz”) was reported to have emitted on being confronted by a host of scurrying little creatures.  The diminutive critters were heard to squeak “We want to live,” and “Climate threatens our survival.” “Kree Gawk!”** Big Liz exclaimed.  After milling around a bit and posing for a photo op with Liz,…

The Zero People

The “personal worth” of the very wealthy is always a report of how many zeroes there are following the initial numbers in their financial records.  In itself, this is a commentary on what has become a routinely accepted convention of social discourse.  If someone asks “what is their personal worth,” it is immediately understood that…

Steadfast

Tell Chelsea Cherry trees are blossoming, their Perfume fills the air. Tell her Tenderness falls from their breath, With beauty forms a pair. Tell Julian Tendrils unfurl each branch, The flag of nature waves in spring. Green freedom, nature newly spreads In steadfast hope, to heart will bring. Tell Edward Seasons mark the whole, Do…