I was just watching part of a Congressional presentation on C-Span honouring the slaves who built the u.s. capitol not by making restitution to their heirs, of course, but by setting up some sort of plaque. What especially bugged me was the speakers continual references to expressing thanks and gratitude for the slaves sacrifices and contributions. If I take your wallet at gunpoint, it would be rather a euphemism to call your handing it over a sacrifice, and what I owe you is not gratitude. (Of course the language of sacrifice and gratitude is also used in connection with conscript soldiers shipped off to die in lands theyve never heard of.)
Archive | July 3, 2010
Two great anarchist quotes from Millers Crossing:
Its getting so a businessman cant expect no return from a fixed fight. Now, if you cant trust a fix, what can you trust? For a good return, you gotta go betting on chance and then youre back with anarchy, right back in the jungle.
Which is incidentally a perfect illustration of why big business has never been a fan of the free market.
You dont hold elected office in this town. You run it because people think you do. They stop thinking it, you stop running it.
The point applies to elected officials too, of course.