21 November, 2009 — Joe Bageant.com
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
People often comment on the intelligence and insight, the humor and sincerity, of the letters Ken and I receive on joebageant.com. And they say that the readers write as if we have known each other all our lives. I respond that yes, we have, but just did not know each other’s names. And that many of us have been pretty much invisible and voiceless except to each other. And that, yes, my friends out there are indeed intelligent and clear eyed citizens. The American populace is often underestimated.
The fact is that America’s finest minds and souls have no voice in this chilling new corporate state that has evolved. And if we are not allowed a voice, if our monolithic system ignores us, pretends we do not exist, then for all practical purposes we do not exist. Therefore it does not have to offer us political candidates representing our views or change laws to reflect them. Nevertheless, we are out there — millions of us.
One of my biggest regrets regarding this site is that the success of Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War increased the volume of email to the point where I cannot answer it all like I used to do. I do however, read every one, and answer as many as is feasible these days.
This morning’s mailbox was the usual wonderful variety of letters, mostly responding to the current post, ‘Shoot the fat guys, hang the smokers.’ Many offered heartfelt smoking cessation advice, all of it from personal experience, honest and eminently more sensible than anything I’ve read elsewhere.