More Text About OWS

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2011

Matt Taibbi writes good stuff. (The surname is pronounced TY bee. This sounds like the name of an island off the Georgia coast.) During the financial holocaust, he described in pornographic detail the rape of the american consumer. In the most recent, paywall protected (irony alert) issue of Rolling Stone, he has a piece How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests.

On a certain level, the OWS movement is about income inequality. Mr. Taibbi goes a bit below the surface, and sees questions about the goals and values of American life. Are we meant to be the people who buy sandwiches made with wonder bread? Is it really important pay billions of dollars on football stadiums? Will the latest fashions make you happy?

At this point, we insert a quote from the original piece.
“This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.”
Yesterday, PG listened to a few minutes of the Rush Limbaugh show. He compared the OWS crowd to the protests of the sixties. Mr. Limbaugh said that the sixties people were protesting a war, where people were getting drafted to die. To him, this was more legitimate than complaining about college loans, and the one percent.

This is rather ironic to someone who was in high school in 1967. At that time, the war protesters were denounced as filthy communists. The war was seen as the duty of a “boy” old enough to hold a rifle. To hear a “conservative” saying that the sixties protesters were more justified than today’s edition is amazing. That oxycontin must be pretty good.

There is a companion piece to the Mr. Taibbi’s commentary. It was also published 11-11-11. The title is Penn State, my final loss of faith.

As you may have heard, there is a nasty scandal involving Penn State University, and the almighty football program. Thomas L. Day, the author of this feature, says
“I have fully lost faith in the leadership of my parents’ generation.” He is talking about, among other things, college football and the Jesus worship church. Using those institutions as a “faith foundation” is building your house on sand.
College football is corrupt. It hires high school students. They get a scholarship in exchange for countless hours of practice, and playing a violent, dangerous game. The schools, television networks, and beer pushers make millions of dollars. After their eligibility is used up, the players are cast aside.

The Jesus worship church is a scheme for life after death. The worshipers are verbally abused by the preachers. A book compiled by a fourth century Catholic committee is considered “the word of G-d”. Is it any wonder that many have lost faith in our system?

The pictures were taken June 29, 2009. A section of a parking deck collapsed near Georgia Tech.

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