There are almost as many firearms in the United States as there are citizens. Garen Wintemute is one of few people studying the consequences.
“Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, and the check-out you’ve just witnessed with two state troopers verifying the event, but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner.
You’ve heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now and you’ll be a part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They’ve got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you’ll search with them, because you’ve just landed in the Twilight Zone.”
-Rod Serling, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”, The Twilight Zone (1961)
I am an artist. I am 57 years old. I am broke and in debt. (insert fucked-up story here, replete with unemployment and inability to pay for medical care) I am not a joiner and have never been much interested in politics (perhaps because I have sensed it was all a sham and have given in to cynicism) yet seeing this movement has excited me. It is the first genuine thing in politics that I have seen in 40 years!
I would like to address the “1%”: Greed is NOT good. Ambition is good- and there will always be inequality- viva la differance. Greed=Fear. Greed is the irrational hoarding of wealth in the face of fear. The reason you are afraid is that we are seeing a shift in the economic paradigm- such as has happened throughout history. We are also facing environmental catastrophe on a scale never seen before. The tectonic plates of economy are shifting from the old oil/consumerist/imperialist model of capitalism towards something else. It’s not that we don’t need energy and goods- but we’ve got to get smarter, better and more equitable than ever before. We are moving towards an increasingly intellectual, autonomous and creative phase. You will kill yourselves trying to preserve that which must die. The smarter of you will indeed profit from change, and I, for one, would not deny that to you- but the only way to preserve that which must be preserved (i.e., the planet (Earth, remember?)) is for us all to profit, sustainably. We have so much potential- more amazingly creative human resource than ever, but we must all grow together as a species. We must abandon irrational modes of governance and planning that is based upon fear! This whole question of “socialism vs. capitalism” is bullshit!! Things like medical care and internet (like education, roads, postal) could/should be moved into the realm of “infrastructure” to fuel a new, diverse, locally rooted yet global economy that can increase “profits” on a scale never seen previously. for all. The govt. is currently subsidizing outmoded and harmful industries but the movement of life on this planet is shifting- GWTP! (get with the program)
I am not lazy. I am impatient to work. I am not depressed. The economy is, dummy! I am excited. I am hopeful. I must try to do what I can, however seemingly insignificant.
the 99%. -eyesection
We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.
—Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (via liquidnight)
King Kong (1933, dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack)