I received today the following message from William Livingston, author of
The New Plague and other interesting works.
Thought I would pass it on.
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From: "William Livingston" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: [FES] Transition
> Interesting times. Events have settled so many of what were once somewhat
> debatable issues, we have run out of international and international
> issues to quarrel about. After all, the whole bone of contention was
> always about institutionalism and who plays "institutional monopoly" the
> best. The limits of institutional reach and grasp are now so brightly
> drawn, even our Congress has little to say. Successfully covering up
> traditional corruption has become too complex for the ruling class. Two
> decades ago, I sought data on corporate scandals and pecuniary chicanery.
> Now, overloaded with brute facts, I run from the news. Even the severest
> critics of the USA cannot produce a complete list of the significant
> issues to survival going either unaddressed or dangerously mismanaged by
> our institutions.
> For the last three days, the USA establishment did its best to inflate
> national patriotism. As a bandsman in WWII times, I vividly remember
> playing for the crowds gathered at the village green on Memorial day to
> honor the war dead. Everyone I knew thought WWII was a good enough reason
> to lose your life. Ron Prichard, an authority on Omaha Beach, is doing the
> D-Day tour of the invasion scenes now. Before 1950, however, Mercedes
> showrooms were already booming in the USA. I thought killing all the
> Germans and Japanese you could was a lifetime duty to preserve society.
> Now that the aftermath record is in hand of what was done, POSIWID, what
> was that war all about anyway?
> There is no need to be curious about the next decade or so. New collisions
> of reality with institutional limits will exceed, by far, the ability of
> crisis response. At some point, trying to fix the damage from those limits
> with another institution will be discarded as an option. This collision is
> documented so frequently during Congressional hearings shown (on the
> telly) you can actually observe the collision within the political minds.
> Only the stupid politicians attempt to be reelected. In my dotage, the
> favorite recreation is watching the impact of advancing technology on the
> Establishment system. I mostly wish Ashby and Beer were still around to
> enjoy the show. Long term, I am clueless.
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