I am angry. No, let me start over with the right wording to express what I feel at this very moment. I am absolutely livid to the point of being genocidal. You might think of this as nothing new. In a way, you are probably right. I get angry easily. The extent to which some people anger me merely by existing is enormous. But people are never born this way. Continue Reading
In a statement that both surprises me and fails to surprise me at all, I have to confess to finding a certain amount of enjoyment in the music of one G.G. Allin. G.G. had a simple mission statement during his musical career. That is, he wanted to reclaim “rock and roll” from the corporate interests that had essentially taken it over. At least, that was the theory. What he ended up doing in practice was running about the stage and audience naked, shitting on himself, flinging shit at the audience, and trading punches with said audience. Continue Reading
“You know, Charles, I used to think it was going to be you and me against the world,” Mystique says. “But no matter how bad the world gets, you don’t want to be against it, do you? You want to be a part of it.” Take out a few words here and there (primarily from the start), and you have the essence of what I sent in a text message to my mother whilst I was unable to sleep a handful of nights ago. Continue Reading
In a previous entry, I wrote about the fact that democracy and the rule of the majority are not the same thing. If you have not already read this fact that is apparently not to the liking of the ignorant and stupid, then please click on the link and read up a bit on the background. I can wait, and there is a chance that what I am about to say here might make more sense.
Ask a factory worker, a janitor, or even some well-read authors what they think the Greek-origin word “democracy” means, and they will tell you it is where the idea that gets the most votes is the one that gets enacted. This “do whatever fifty percent plus one wants to do” description is even taught to us in primary and secondary schools as if it were factual. Unfortunately, like just about everything in life, there is the surface-scratching shorthand explanation, and there is the detailed, complex explanation. The latter may take more time to explain, and be more difficult for the person hearing the explanation to understand, but as William of Ockham really did say, entities should not be posited without necessity. Well, friends and neighbours, when it comes to what democracy really is, a lot of entities are actually necessary.