June 06, 2008
IF NOT A GOD, THEN WHAT?
Mammon from Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal, courtesy of wikipedia.
The theme lately at Goat Rope is the economy and how we think about it. If this is your first visit, please click on earlier posts.
Short summary: the way we think about things matters because it can effect our actions. We often speak of "The Economy" as if it was an independent being endowed with a will of its own--and sometimes it seems that way.
In recent years, we've even witnessed the rise of a new religion, the cult of the market god--and market fundamentalists aren't a whole lot better than any other type of fanatic.
It is the view of El Cabrero that a healthy way to think about it was suggested long ago by a certain Jesus, who knew a thing or two about a thing or two. When he was busted for violating Sabbath regulations, he responded by saying "The Sabbath was made for people and not people for the Sabbath." Just substitute "economy" for "Sabbath."
TURNING UP THE HEAT. A Senate panel blasted the Bush administration for exaggerations and misstatements leading up to the unnecessary war in Iraq.
OH GOOD. Some folks think the Bush administration is gearing up to attack Iran.
BOOTY SHAKING, BEE STYLE. Bees from different parts of the world understand each other's rear-end wiggling. I just thought you should know.
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. Here's a critique of apocalyptic religion.
OH MY PROPHETIC KNEE! There's scientific evidence that people with aching joints really can predict storms.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED