Political Stuff

My colleague Glenn and I were talking politics yesterday. A friend of ours is in the Marine Corps, and the skinny is that the whole Iraq thing is likely to last another six years. We both feel the economy is still in the toilet, whatever the numbers might say. With gas now $2.15 around here, and likely to jump to $2.50 in the near future, and spending on gas highly inflexible (you know — commuting to work, getting groceries and such), there’s going to be a whole lot more use of consumer credit and indebtedness. The whole system is beginning to feel like a house of cards, and next year our ninth grade is going to be smaller than this year. That’s significant, because a lot of kids are not returning because their parents can’t foot the bill. This is not good.

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2 comments

  1. Anyone that thought that the installation of a functioning democracy in a cultural abyss like the Middle East would take less than 10 years, or 20, was both ignorant and insipid. Worse, they’re poorly read. Creating democracy, safety, and stability is a long-term endeavour. It can succeed wildly (see: Japan). It can succeed for a bit, then fall because of the old tensions (see: Germany). But its not easy, nor quick.

    The whole system was always a house of cards. That’s the nature of an emergant dynamic. It lives on the knife-edge of chaos. There are startlingly few cells in your body that are required for life; the whole thing is just on the cusp of spinning out of control. So too our economy. That’s why it works, and will continue to. Its worth noting that conumption is more flexible than is supposed, and the coming constriction will definitely put a big ol’ X next to the rants of eco-freaks who’ve kept us from going far more heavily nuclear for the past two decades. Nuclear power doesn’t consume hydrocarbons, y’know.

    I forsee the system bubbling itself along. Its just we’re currently in the froth.

  2. Anyone that thought that the installation of a functioning democracy in a cultural abyss like the Middle East would take less than 10 years, or 20, was both ignorant and insipid. Worse, they’re poorly read. Creating democracy, safety, and stability is a long-term endeavour. It can succeed wildly (see: Japan). It can succeed for a bit, then fall because of the old tensions (see: Germany). But its not easy, nor quick.

    The whole system was always a house of cards. That’s the nature of an emergant dynamic. It lives on the knife-edge of chaos. There are startlingly few cells in your body that are required for life; the whole thing is just on the cusp of spinning out of control. So too our economy. That’s why it works, and will continue to. Its worth noting that conumption is more flexible than is supposed, and the coming constriction will definitely put a big ol’ X next to the rants of eco-freaks who’ve kept us from going far more heavily nuclear for the past two decades. Nuclear power doesn’t consume hydrocarbons, y’know.

    I forsee the system bubbling itself along. Its just we’re currently in the froth.

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