Source: “Horrors” (at the store)
I had an interesting conversation with a woman who was an Arab from Morrocco. Within the conversation, she told me there was no ‘Arsb Spring’ thing there. I had asked how are things in Morrocco, and did they have the “Arab Spring.” She said they did not and also there is a king. Oh, a king system! Things in Morrocco things are perhaps not bad? There. It’s fine. They have their king, so—-anyways, it is so interesting to me to hear another point of view. I think so. This is a really different point of view, now. Ever combative, ever challenging, at this I pointed out: “Not all kings are good kings;” So sayz I. “Look at Trump,” I said in illustration. This guy. He wants to be a king. And the cafe worker nodded emphatically at this. So. Now she likes him! She likes the Trump King! I am getting nowhere with all this. Oh, boy. So Trump is a GOOD king, just like the king of Morocco, one supposed. But, getting back to my own country, the American case, why is this dork of person a good individual “king”? Because “he is not doing anything,” she said. He is not able to do anything. So, that is because we, the People, blocked his immigration plan. We stopped him! People stopped the immigration block, I said. Yes, it is because you know, we stopped his immigration block he tried to set up, we stopped him! Continuing to wipe tables, she went away. And as she did, she said: “thank you.”
OK, so the bottom line is that Trump is good, as king. Good. Why? He is not doing anything. That is why. And then she walked away, still a Royalist. I met a Royalist today.
The question that comprises the title of this WP piece/post/essay, or whatever it will be (always spontaneous), is a question about Trump as an attack of the free market. And, almost needless to say, the question is not well-attended to, either in words composed by our esteemed financial journalists, nor in the hands of the press. Nor is the question addressed by the university “economics” (as a subject).
When you put a wall up or want to put a wall up — this proposal, which is a blocking project as to commerce or traffic, one that involves Mexico, since that is where the border is — you are LIMITING yourself. Sometimes that’s OK; there is nothing the matter with it. Nobody is emotionally or Constitutionally obligated to embrace the world. I hear tell that Mr. Trump hates to see anybody else from profiting off “his” brand. He goes ballistic if any one tries to find a way into profits that Trump believes are meant for himself. Trump became, at long last (it took awhile) a multi-billion dollar guy, retaining this kind of attitude: a fixture of his personality. So, there are many persons — many — within the overall market framework who jealously guard their territory. They want a wall. That is their right and it exists as an aspect of the overall free market system.
This is not the question here of a small person’s “own” opinion about trade. We are asking the free-market (actually, I tried to type “about” the free market but the wrong sounds right sometimes, I have to say), but that means the many. What we are not asking about are the individuals who are within a market. In other words, if we ask about the “market” we are asking about persons. A market is not just ONE person.
Strange that this should be controversial. We use the word market all the time, but have no idea what we are talking about. This is the way it is, so we have to deal with this world. So. It would be a major accomplishment to instigate a broader understanding of the “free market” from within the free market. Maybe there could be a more free ranging conversation. How do you all feel about such a project? I certainly hope that such an investigation wouldn’t “infringe” on anybody’s territory. I hope no one would be upset….
(As to the title question. “Is Tr an Attack on the FM”? It seems possible he holds these views. But, if that is the case, it will not contribute to greater profits, in the U. S. And why the hell should it? Everything domestic just gets smaller this way. Perhaps by some miracle the U. S. should come out of this a “greater” country? It will also be a smaller one. Such a reduction has, of course, has long been advocated – but by opponents of “US imperialism,” the left.)
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this is a fairly simple series of words that I feel anyone should be able to understand. (These are words written as numbers, so it says 1 and not one.)
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There is one set of rules for fantasy and another set of rules for reality. T. V. is fantasy.
“Dramatically increase productivity” (p. 181 “How – Internet Works,” QUe books)
Every system needs an overhaul once in a blue moon.
Reform? Today we /they/ say capitalism is the same always and forever. Thus, no need for reform.
Is it at all disturbing that common sense is taking a holiday in America? But, not to worry — because the magical market(s) will self-regulate.
You need a social basis. In order to do anything, you need a social basis. You stand on that basis when you fix the problem. If you do not have a real society, then you will not be able to deal with a problem in society. There needs to be a society there. That is basic. For example persons today may want to deal with some kind of a Trump problem, the obvious Trump problem, where something is wrong and you have a president who is not acting properly. For certain problems, you need skills. So, there is the idea that you have to develop the capacity to respond. But there needs to be a cultural basis as well. This idea is therefore about that basis. You would need to respond as a nation. You cannot just respond to these things if you do not have a basis. The basis is cultural. You would respond as a nation, basically.
So, I can see there are very smart people lining up against Trump. That is fine. But then I turn to wondering about the kind of response we are capable of as a nation, a community. Something like that. For activism to work there has to be “cultural basis.” It cannot work any other way. If there is someone who wants to respond to a thing like growing threats in government, how would they do it?
How do they coordinate their activities?
Are they all just acting individually? How do you shout down or gain the advantage over dozens of “alt-right” creeps? It does not just happen by magic. You need the cultural basis in all such matters.
I wonder why this is poorly understood. Maybe, in earlier times, the response would be that of a king, and a king has his own basis of power, without it being exactly cultural, in the sense I am getting at here.
But, for our kind of society, if you have persons who are totally nuts, and they are operating in the White House (I won’t try to think about the Congress or the Court), there has to be some other kind of response. There is less and less of a unified culture, at the same time. With less of the needed foundation, or basis, then, to get something done, you need your culture back. How do you put that back into place? This is a job for presidents or politicians—-who should understand this is the job they must do. We just get campaign slogans.
Although the United States seems to have been a pretty good country – not great, but pretty good – something seems to have gone wrong and now we have an asshole president.
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I think one of the lessons learned is that, sometimes, multi-millionaires or billionaires can have very few brains. I mean this man has basically the brains of an eight-grader.
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There is a calligraphy exhibit, at the very swank Newberry Library. One example of calligraphy renders in big, carefully-made letters one of D. T’s tweets, on fine paper. This is was carefully inked out. Given this kind of treatment, there is what seems to me a kind of “proof” that what he says (tweets) just won’t stand up.
“Try it like that.” What does “try” mean? Does “try” mean to receive passively, as in “try on”? That would be to determine whether you might like something. That is one meaning of “try something.” It is passive. Or, another meaning: to go out and “try” meaning to make an action. This is when you physically make an effort? I can imagine a spectrum, between physical and mentally “trying.” Try mentally (try my patience), try sensually (tried being a vamp), try physically (tried to get a job). Many ways to try? A person can “try” to accept a bad marriage – that is rather passive, I would think. Or, try to climb a tall mountain. Very active. I think that would be active.
It seems like this word is very “flexi,” as it has many options as to meaning. You could try living in the Berkshires. Sometimes, it means “accept,” sometimes it means a physical effort. But, to “try” does not always mean to make a physical effort. This is how it seems.
When we say to try something, this also may refer to how one receives.
How do you like the world? -it means: “how do you receive it?”
Try living in capitalism.
Do you like it?
If a persons says she does like it, here is what it means: does not mean anything beyond that she not only did not make any effort to be a capitalist (capitalism is more of a thing that happens to you) but also, she did not even try to understand what the situation is that this word refers to. Getting back to the word, though, the meaning of the word “try” seems to be something worth going into, worth a little analysis (which, I know, can be trying).
Persons are acting nice to one another. Despite all these daily afflictions we have got, the troubles that exist, all over the world, and all these various terrible problems nearly killing us we have the human spirit, resilient. In the United States of America for example, we have the different races and cultures. Everyone is here.
If you put them into a melting pot, they are all going to turn out as the same. Truthfully, they’re trying to act like white Anglo-Saxons. They will do that. There’s a book about Jewish soldiers, in the German armed forces, in WWII. I will say they knew who to emulate. It tells about one soldier who was one-quarter Jew: how he heroically tries conceal it, in order to pass or “become” instant one-eight Jew, which is OK, according to the rules. That gets allowed in. And he wanted this of course. All that this man wanted to do was to be German! My, my what a major, wonderful race this is! Everyone knows who is dominant because it is obvious. The dominant culture (this is the latest up to date version) is Western-style capitalist oblivionist globalization. And that is dominated by white Anglo-Saxon Protestants. This is true, you know?
Truly, there exist a lot of varieties of humanity—and all with the same human essence. It makes me feel that I just want to take up my own position as an optimist. That’s how I felt when that woman of the Indian sub-continent who inspired this essay smiled at me!
Truly we are all brothers in Protestantism.
So. How long will this awesome experiment go on? I am really sorry to know about climate warming, because it threatens to cut off the march of Anglo-Saxon progress. It makes us see how idiot-like the Trump types are because they won’t even admit that oil is – well it is dirty. But the West in general? I mean these are the ones who (inclusive of Asian versions) came up with the I-net, the micro-chip, and: Google Maps! What the fuck would they have come up with next?
But no, because these oil men dinosaur type persons do not even admit that tar sands is dirty. Reality is not a fucking fairy tale guys. Wake up. That thing – over there? That is the moon. The other one, over there is the sun, and Global warming is Real. These stupid idiots are living in a fairy tale.
Nobody expects that the 7-11 would treat them fairly. It isn’t expected. That would be way too much to ask, but when they enter they see a display of junk food, as that is typically what the 7-11 sells. You don’t find peace of mind in a Slurpee. You would have wanted to avoid it, but with the same garish packaging everywhere everything seems to mitigate against that option. You could try picking the orange, or the apple. It looks like it is sitting there inexplicably, in the Garden of Eden (asking you to avoid temptation). Or else maybe they have run out of fruit. Do you want that mozzarella stick? That is an insultingly small healthy alternative, kind of insultingly small. Not a powerful weapon, then, to fight the temptations with. What 7-11 means to do, however, is to sell you ‘junk’ food. That is more apropos. The buyer knows it — the two pieces of fruit is due to political pressure.
Seems to me, like the basic fact is that the atmosphere is hostile. Then how do you actually live? It is not easy to live in an atmosphere like that. As a consequence of the total hostility, a taint in the outside atmosphere of our human existence, one has to find a sort of narrow path to virtue. And you need to follow that path in an environment that is hostile, as I think I already mentioned.
It’s an inhospitable atmosphere. Generally speaking, this is the case so you will need to fight back. The atmosphere is sure to be hostile. To fight, the individual finds a justification, a strategy. You have to thread your way through any narrow openings that may be offered. Persons living on a normal, low-income level, or an ordinary existence, as opposed to the existence of a millionaire politician hedge-fund broker have their world-views, just like anybody else would, and what they see is a rather suffocating atmosphere. But this is normal. You have to understand that it is normal to them. What the radical intellectuals do not get here is that they are not going to protest normal life. Now, it is possible they do know better. And if they know better, which is possible, maybe they have the remedy somewhere but as an aspect of their private life—this is not something you do in public. For example, they might not buy junk food at the 7-11, because they are keeping something better at home. In the refrigerator no doubt.
Otherwise, they eat this junk food. They are not fighting it or protesting it. As for the two pieces of fruit in the whole store, I just do not think that changes what I am talking about. You end up eating the junk food, in a junky’s world, filled with preservatives. And you can die from this; it is not exactly funny, that. In any case what the average person sees is that they see these atrocities around them. What you see in the world needs to be accepted. They accept it because this is the baseline normal. It could be entertainment, convenience stores, or something you see at the movies: But crap is the norm.
Yes, the 7-11 can be a truly horrific place but there’s nothing you can do about it.