Wednesday, January 05, 2005


Metro vs Retro

A frighteningly good analysis from the Mahablog:
What Goes Up

This year we heard about "metro" versus "retro." IMO the difference is less about ideology than it is about perception. "Retros" think that security is all about power, domination, and control. "Metros" see that solution as a dead end -- right now, we're making enemies faster than we can shoot 'em -- and instead value the peace that comes from living harmoniously with the other residents of our planet.

Another distinction is that "retros" still think that our resources are limitless and that our wealth will always demand the world's respect. "Metros" understand that everything is finite and that Bush administration economic policies are unsustainable -- one of these days that piper will have to be paid.

It's clear to me we've already lost our position as "leader of the free world," a position we still held when Bill Clinton was president. The rest of the world certainly isn't looking to, or counting on, George W. Bush for leadership. The events of this week are proof of that.

Four years ago, we were the only real military superpower on the planet. Today, "Our military and our military readiness have been strained and risk real, permanent damage," according to this NY Times editorial.

Responsible economists - all those not working for the White House, the Wall Street Journal, or Faux News - say that our economy is tanking.

Science (and the Buddha) tells us that all compounded things are subject to decay. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. What goes up must come down. America's dominate position in the world must end eventually. The question is, will the end be sooner rather than later? And will the fall be a gentle, gradual, peaceful settling back into "ordinary" nation status, or will it be a sudden implosion?

In our recent election, 49 percent of us voted for peace and sustainability; 51 percent voted to self-destruct.

Hang on to your butts.
This makes a lot of sense to me. A lot of the right wing thinks it's treason to question America, even though a lot of the right wing does it all the time (when it comes to our personal morality rather than our actions in the world and how those actions appear to others). Bill Clinton is revered in most of the world, but he got a blowjob in the White House, so he's evil. George W. Bush is reviled in most of the world, but he hasn't had sex in 20 years, so he's a Christian hero. This disconnect between personal and public morality is a sign, to me, of people who have absolutely no clue what the real world is like.

And that is truly evil. It's one thing to be ignorant. It's another thing to be proud of being ignorant, to be aggressively and snottily ignorant. That's what the right wing has become.
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