". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, April 18, 2013

David Simon Speaks Out On the Disgusting Senate's Paid Vote Against Gun Buyer Background Checks.

It appears, of course, that David Simon couldn't speak the truth to corrupted governance in a U.S. publication  (he put the piece up originally on his own site; the Guardian re-printed it with his permission.

The blocking of gun control legislation in the Senate exposes just how deeply corrupted America's bought democracy has become

A sane man's contempt for the United States Senate must now be certain and complete. Given the inertia on even the most modest legislative response to the mass murder of schoolchildren, those still credulous enough to believe that our governance is representative of popular will are either Barnum-sized suckers, or worse, tacit participants in tragedies soon to come. An entrenched collection of careerist incumbents, chosen and retained through their singular ability to gather cash from money troughs over six-year intervals – and the unrestrained ability of capital to keep those troughs constantly full – none of this is worthy of any intelligent citizen's respect or allegiance.
The United States government has become Poland's selfish 'democracy' in which each Magistrate's vote was for his own personal benefit and the benefit of the foreign powers and interests that poured wealth into his coffers to control his vote.

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