Master of Querimonies

Ex Africa semper aliquid novi…

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on August 22, 2011

There are a lot of people who learned, thirty, forty years ago, one particular set of prisms through which to look at events, and one particular set of categories to fit things into.

And they’ll be damned—because it’s too much work, or because those things are too much a part of them, or because no one wants to admit they’re growing old—if they have to change them, or acquire a new perspective.

So, yeah, there’s a fair amount of “Create two-three-many Libyas!” out there. Qadaffi the Unaligned standing tall with his third-world comrades, bravely resisting the EU/NATO/US steamroller, and such.

Add to that that the high-water mark of the blogospheric left was the run-up to, and the US kicking off, the Iraq war. It was the Spitfire summer for a lot of people still blogging. They’ll see everything in that context the rest of their lives.

Self-goverment^H^H^ expression.

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 19, 2011

Because at the end of the day, politics really isn’t about policies. It’s about telling the world, and my friends, and the people I know how I feel about things. It’s a form of self-expression, by my choice of consumer products politics and politicians

Hell, If I could go down to town hall and register “Apple” or “Scion” instead of “Democrat” or “Republican”, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Where’s my Doomsday, dammit?

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 3, 2011

I’ve seen any number of Guns of August references the last two weeks, and it got me thinking about August 2008, not August 1914.

I remember in August-September of ‘08 (When did Lehman Brothers blow up?) a considerable amount—not a lot, but enough to raise eyebrows—of loose talk at DKos about how letting it all blow up would be a good thing.

Because although there would be significant suffering—insert appropriate Dr. Strangelove quote here—we’d be purging the system of a lot of bad things, like bankers and consumerism and boy-bands, and in return we would be gaining a lot of good things, like more time with our families, liberation from the tyranny of stuff, and a better appreciation of what really matters—starting with subsistence agriculture.

WWI was supposed to purge a flabby and etiolated culture of its ills, instil manly virtue, tone up our jaded youth and such. And be over by Christmas. We know how that turned out. (The costs would largely be borne by the etiolated (coal-mining’ll do that to you), but definitely non-flabby mill-hands and peasant farmers anyways…)

Millennialism isn’t a right-wing only phenomenon…

Someone needs to remind these people that at the end of Quadrophenia the dude gets off the scooter

Category Error. There are three parties in Congress…

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on August 2, 2011

….but only two labels. People on the left seem to have confused the parties with the labels.

Democrats who are Democrats,
Democrats who are Republicans.
Republicans who are Republicans.

(There used to be quite a few Republicans who are Democrats when I was a lad, but they’re extinct.)

Welcome to the joys of coalition government. Coalition, or permanent minority, your call.