Friday, June 01, 2007

POCKET PARADIGMS

POCKET PARADIGMS

The fraud, the huckster, the salesman are not new phenomena in America; what is new is that they now so strongly control every estate of our society. Those of a character that would have once caused Americans to close the door, hang up, or say "no thank you," now teach our children, run our government, and tell us what to think. They are the Enron generation, filled with postmodern versions of Willy Loman: "He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He' s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine." America once made things people wanted, said things that needed to be said and fixed things, including itself, that needed fixing. Now it is out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. The problem, as Willy Loman discovered, comes "when they start not smiling back - that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished." - Sam Smith

2 Comments:

At June 02, 2007 12:04 AM, Anonymous said...

At least Willy Loman had the grace to bump himself off in the last act, which is probably rather more than these people will do us the favor of.

 
At June 03, 2007 6:18 PM, Anonymous said...

America was filled with shit from the beginning. From murdering the Indians, to the cold war, America always did evil and talked only in hypocrisies.

 

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