So many things impress themselves upon my mind as I read the current news reports and take note of the difficulties of the day that it’s sometimes difficult to take them all in, map their inter-relationships, and place them in their proper context — which is to say, in a conventionally intelligible context; an interpretable pattern; a meaningful gestalt. Events which seem so disconnected, random, and chaotic actually do have a kind of mutually intelligible meaning and significance, reflecting each other, although to try and identify that mutual significance in terms of “old school” linear logic and dualistic reasoning (now become completely reactionary) is predestined to fail.
You cannot understand the passion and anger that Chris Hedges invests in his essays and other writings about the need for social transformation without coming to know this semi-autobiographical and philosophically reflective account of his 15 years as a war correspondent. He has had more direct experience of the perversity of war and human destructiveness than your average soldier for that fact.
I saw a cartoon today that reminded me of the theme of some of the latest posts on The Chrysalis regarding the crisis of control and the loss of mental and material mastery of our circumstances at “the end of history”. It is called “the juggler”, and given the events of the day I think it speaks for itself….
A Commons Committee investigating some recent nefarious actions by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has found the Harper government “in contempt of Parliament“, an historical first for Canadian democracy, even as some high-level Conservative aides are being investigated by the RCMP for influence-peddling or breach of trust. It is sad corroboration of the autocratic style of the Harper regime, giving much weight to the opinion of Globe and Mail political columnist Lawrence Martin that Stephen Harper conducts himself as if he were a Mussolini rather than the prime minister of a Westminister-style democracy (“Where is Ignatieff’s plant to restore our democracy?”).