by Emmett R Smith
THE Following link to the (London) Times of 7 August 2006, about New Zealand’s ‘hoons’, is revealing:
MOSTLY What it reveals is the hopelessly ‘from-on-high’ nature & structure of the prevailing narrative-form among concerned state-liberalists, about ‘underclasses’; for the rest, the delightful phrase ‘listless depravity’ (used above, to describe the NZ underclass lifestyle, complete with marihuana, desultory copulation, spouse-beating and loads of bad junk-food) is one that well might be applied as well to the clientised orders of old Blue Earth county, in post-modern southern Minnesota — including the subsidised hog- & corn-farmers; and, the gangs & relays of mostly-demoralised ‘medicaid’-funded psychologists and other ‘helping professionals’ of our little-town demi-elite, who are paid to ride herd on the dysfunctional; and, to certify their eligibility for social-security state-pittances. Like virtually all derivatives of late-historical capitalist systems, there is plenty of hierarchy (Solzhenitsyn’s line about ‘the petty lordship of the God-damned’ comes to mind) — and, above all, no one, but no one, ever ‘gets better. Seemingly, then, the late-historical malaise that afflicts us not only weighs hard on America; rather, it afflicts all of the ‘secular’ (materialistic, eg!) states of the Old Atlantic West, reaching right to the furthest former colonies and outposts of empire. This malaise is our shadow; and, that shadow is what islamists, especially of the bombs & guts-all-over variety, instinctively fear above all, for good or ill….
[Emmett R Smith
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[7 August 2006]