My Blog Week: December 20 to December 26

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The culture creates an era’s beliefs and practices; the society enforces them. This week, a few things that the Trump era has ended.

We’ll start with the notion of core decency. Who would naively suggest, in 2021, that people raised in ordinary families must (for old-timey sentiment) have the emotional wherewithal to resist doing evil, once subjected to light persuasions? Who would feel confident that people whose livings come, in part or in whole, from taxes—farmers, providers of protection and rescue services—would not, many of them, support a party willing to sacrifice lives to the “capitalist” economy, whose anti-tax position also comes athwart its legislative members’ source of income?

Herd immunity? Already, it begins to seem as though millions of cases of a new virus (the entire function of a virus being the melding of itself with its host’s cells to replicate, a thing it can’t do as an unattached organism), provide greater opportunities for the virus to mutate, rather than wiping it out…

Ivy League superiority. Some funded research may thrive at a well-endowed school, but most students are learning things they can learn elsewhere. What makes a school top-drawer should be the sort of adults its culture-within-the-culture produces, because of leadership among professors and administrators; because of examples set, standards a Harvard or Yale graduate is expected to live up to. Trump himself has done a lot for the Wharton Business school, but many of his flunkies and in-laws boast of Ivy League degrees, too…with results publicly available for assessment.

Not getting our rights in writing. Core decency, lack of, again. Apparently people can and will defy the spirit of honor for a loophole that plays well with big-buck donors.

Preciosity of voting classes. Voting carries a responsibility; it’s fair to hold people to it.

Doing business with just anyone. Boycotting is not great, but between boycotting and consumer choice lies a grey area. To finance the business success of someone who is conservative while you’re liberal isn’t much of a quandary. To F. the B. S. of a bigot, a lunatic, an insatiable greed-machine, a rapture nutter eager for the New Jerusalem, a person whose rightism fuels opinions about “the woman’s role”, a person who enjoys abuses against asylum seekers, would be an unreasonable request for most of us. CEOs need to take a pledge, and make it stick. Consumers are right to want definitive statements, when bets are off as to just how awful a corporate head may be.





On Monday, a new Yoharie, a fresh chapter taking up Savannah’s story. Tuesday, an Eight poem, “thesis”; Wednesday, a special cartoon feature, with Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer given a Shakespearean treatment. Thursday, part twenty-three of Shine!, by Mathilde Alanic, old Le Goël family papers leading to a scholarly passion. Friday, Hammersmith, a reissue of the story, while it undergoes an improving edit. And on Saturday, part fourteen of “Celebrated”, Tom drawing Petra into a sightseeing excursion.
Images on my posts often have a link to related information (click first image), sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, sometimes in answer to a direct reference. Since people can be leery about links, I include them here: what they are, what sites they point to.





My Blog Week: December 20 to December 26


Yoharie: Give and Take (part one)
December 21


Eight: thesis (poem)
December 22


Holiday Special: A Cartoon Christmas Drama
December 23


Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part twenty-three)
December 24


Hammersmith: Hogben and Shaw (one)
December 25


Celebrated (part fourteen)
December 26



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