Archive for July 18th, 2012

I Miss the Rain

Man, I miss the rain.

I never understood people that felt sorry for me because my job carrying mail means having to be out in the rain. I love it, always have (well, not hard winter rains, but any other kind is fine).

I especially love summer rains; it feels so good to be cool. And the sound of rain is soothing, like all water sounds.

And this summer I, most probably like you, have had little of it. The grass was brown by early June, and now it crunches underfoot. My soul feels like that, dried out and thirsting for sweet rain, like the line in the poem by Hopkins: Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.

It is rumored that this latest hot spell may break today with thunderstorms. I hope so, and am sending this out into the universe as a sort of encouragement:

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TheĀ great power struggle of the 20th century was the competition between Soviet-style communism and “free-market” corporatism for domination of the world’s resources. In America, it’s taken for granted that Soviet communism lost (though China’s more capitalist variant seems to be doing well), and the superiority of neo-liberal economics — as epitomized by the great multinational corporations — was thus affirmed for all time and eternity.

There’s a small problem with this, though. An old bit of wisdom says: choose your enemies carefully, because over time, you will tend to become the very thing you most strongly resist. One of the most striking things about our victorious corporations now is the degree to which they’ve taken on some of the most noxious and Kafkaesque attributes of the Soviet system — too often leaving their employees, customers, and other stakeholders just as powerless over their own fates as the unhappy citizens of those old centrally planned economies of the USSR were back in the day.

It’s not just that the corporations have taken control over our government (though that’s awful enough). It’s also that they’ve taken control over — and put serious limits on — our choices regarding what we buy, where we work, how we live, and what rights we have. Our futures are increasingly no longer our own: more and more decisions, large and small, that determine the quality of our lives are being made by Politburo apparatchiks at a Supreme Corporate Soviet somewhere far distant from us. Only now, those apparatchiks are PR and marketing executives, titans of corporate finance, lobbyists for multinationals, and bean-counting managers trying to increase profits at the expense of our freedom.

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