31 July, 2009 — Joe Bageant
A short history of why we eat oil, can’t smoke pot, and why assault weapons are so expensive in our hour of need
(With running commentary by THE SCREAMING MAN)
Well, for starters, the above title is a damned lie, since this little screed is not a history. It’s just rumination on the tilting point at which Americans started the slide into the deepest sort of cultivated consumer consciousness — which is to say our corporate managed engorgement and swinedom at the service of the rich.
Very rich families and corporatists, to whom, as in earlier articles, we shall refer to as ‘the bastards,’ have always been with us. Even Tom Jefferson thought periodic revolution against wealth and authority was desirable to keep these bastards in check. Which implies that he figured they would inevitably get us by the throat down on the floor from time to time.