On Revolution (March 15, 2010)
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“Our economy and society have moved from ‘creative destruction’ to ‘destructive destruction.’ We need more ‘creative destruction.’ Is it time to fire up the guillotines. What do you have when you have a room full of headless aristocrats?”
“A good start.”
“The populace is restive and restless. When there is unrest, the revolution will be televised. Everyone can decide, probably on the basis of emotion not reason, whether he or she is better off under some unknown regime rather than what the Republicans and Democrats have spawned.”
“It’s not like there are any great leaders in the offing.”
“The Constitution and Amendments are a sound blueprint, but there are no blue bloods like Thomas Jefferson and no printers like Benjamin Franklin to implement the experiment.”
“They don’t make them like they used to.”
“They just do not seem to be out there. There is a notion that the revolution is a revolving back, a returning, a yearning to go back to where we were. My sense of where we were may be another delusion. Things like personal responsibility, fiscal integrity, personal integrity, selflessness, discipline and self-discipline, the rule of law and all that. Did it ever exist?”
“Polio and discrimination?”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
Let them eat processed swill
“Revolution” J. Lennon/P. McCartney
“Every generation needs a new revolution.” Thomas Jefferson
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Attributed, probably incorrectly, to Benjamin Franklin