Please, sir, may I have some more

“It may be my bias, or my imagination, or my distaste for toil, but from here America looks like one big workhouse, “under God, indivisible, with time off to shit, shower and shop.” A country whose citizens have been reduced to “human assets” of a vast and relentless economic machine, moving human parts oiled by commodities and kept in motion by the edict, “produce or die.” Where employment and a job dominates all other aspects of life, and the loss of which spells the loss of everything.”

The Iron Cheer of Empire

Just the average goodness from Joe Bageant, who’s always worth reading.

 

Advertisements

~ by Lex on November 1, 2009.

3 Responses to “Please, sir, may I have some more”

  1. Yes, we are all those things… consumed and detached – not sure about the cheerful part. I wanted a conclusion… did I miss it?

  2. I think that the cheerful part might be Joe’s biting sarcasm. And i don’t think that you missed the conclusion because it felt more like a rumination than a full thought; on the other hand, the conclusion might be that we have our priorities all wrong.

    Robin and i were discussing this the other day. It’s not that the less “developed” world is free of venality, violence, etc.. What i always like about those places was that everything was near the surface, not dolled up to look like that which it isn’t. She argued that those places are much more violent than America; i said that i’m from Detroit and had been to few places more violent than my home city.

    I’m of the opinion that the rawness seen elsewhere is healthy; with everything on the surface-so to speak-it’s much easier to process the situation.

  3. You have a finer ear for sarcasm. 🙂

    It takes resources to varnish your violence and venality…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: