alifornia, those funky Spenglerians the Red Hot Chili Peppers noted, is “the final location” of Western civilization. True, you can go no further west, but that hasn’t stopped California from going south. What happens after the golden decades of Californication?
“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, May 13, 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
The only that has been constant since Whit and I started The Elephant so many years ago is that the sun rises in the East and still sets in the West. Blogging has vanished as the technology has meandered so deep into our personal lives, that maintaining any level of privacy would be impossible. Frankly, that means little to me.
I rarely travel anymore. I've been to all the places that I cared to visit at the best possible times and those times and places are indelibly stamped into my brain. But they are gone.
Depressingly, almost all the things that I thought would happen have and without exceptions the results were worse than I expected. We are stranded on Planet Fubar.
But fear not, things will undoubtedly get worse and remarkably there is not much if anything we can do about it, so why try.
Live small in a pleasant safe place. Enjoy the things that you cannot sell , buy or own. Find your inner peace and share what you can with those that matter.
Let's see where this goes.