I'm... Still... Depressed, folks...
Here... read this... then think about what you've just read.
To those who believe in "rational" Man... good luck with that. History is replete with group insanity. For instance... Nongquawuse.
I'm curious... home many of you were previously aware of the story of the "communal experiment" run by the original Jamestown colonists?
How many of you were previously familiar with the story of the Xhosa Cattle Killings and resultant man-made famine?
Folks... if you weren't aware of the history I've touched upon here... well... why not? Seriously... ask yourselves... how is it that you never learned about the economic history of the Jamestown settlement if this is indeed the case.
On the other hand, if you were aware of the history... you're one step ahead of even our children who are taught about it. How so? Because after having done a quick google search for "Jamestown Famine" (using a variety of search terms) I discovered that the history I was taught... the history I learned through decades of independent reading... is fast being revised. today
Yep. As I've pointed out time and again, absent a firm underlying knowledge base, the internet can serve as a "reeducation" tool just as easily as a true fact-based educational resource. It all depends of the search rankings... it all depends upon how diligent the googler is...
How'bout "The Gerat Leap Forward." I can't imagine any of my regulars aren't familiar - at least in broad terms - with the term and the central fact that Mao's collectivist policies caused a massive famine (accompanied by - or perhaps in tandem with) and wave of government terror which eventually took the lives of an estimated 45 million people over a roughly four year period.
Follow the link provided above. Read the NYT piece from 2010. Note the author's emphasis on government secrecy in China... government revisionist history... the ignorance of the common people...
Folks... the U.S. - even America 2012 - ain't China. The American People aren't the Xhosa. The Jamestown settlement story is... history. Yep... all true!
But what's the common denominator...? How do the dots connect...? What's any of this have to do with my continued post-election depression - particularly two days before Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorite days of the year...?
I suppose I'm simply laying out the broad vista of history - world and American - which make up my dots and thus serve to depress me.
People do stupid things all the time! Collectively...!!! Sometimes it's a minority which brings a society to its knees... but often it's a majority decision to go down the wrong road... to make the wrong choices... to make disastrous decisions...
(*BITING MY LOWER LIP*)
America is going down the wrong path, my friends. Each day I provide the evidence via my newsbites and stand-alone posts. Unfortunately... there's plenty of good reasons why I'm still depressed two weeks after the 2012 Election.