Well, Tuesday was Election Day in this great Empire of ours. The people, bless their black little souls, demonstrated an impressive degree of severe memory loss. It remains to be seen the degree to which this damages the country, but I think you all know how well I think things will be going for the next two years at least, four-to-six more likely…
And yet this sort of thing has been going on for years. Decades. Centuries, even. Back in the 1690’s in Europe, there was this little (mostly verbal) to-do commonly called the “Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.” (Bear with me for a minute or two…) At issue was whether civilization of the day–particularly where the arts and sciences were concerned–had surpassed that of classical Greece and Rome. Many of the serious thinkers of the day weighed in on one side or the other, and books were written by people backing their particular argument.
In a sense, it was a war of ideas: Progress (sometimes characterized as Reason) versus Authority. (Does this sound at all familiar?) Different sides have been on the ascendant at different times. For myself, I lean heavily towards the progressive/reason side of things (but I’m happy to admit that both sides make good points…). What we’re left to do when the “other side” has the reins is basically muddle along, which is exactly what we’ll keep doing, just as long as possible.
Is anyone but me deeply concerned by the sudden plunge in oil prices? While yes, it’s nice to take less of a punch in the pocketbook when filling up the car, I’m concerned for the longer-term cost–both in what things will (eventually, presumably) do financially, as well as the cost to the climate. As I understand it, we’re already well past the point where anything we do, up to and including going ‘cold turkey’ off of oil–will be of any help to the next couple of generations. As a large part of the reason for the drop in price is, indeed, a glut, and we’re pumping more, and faster–well, things don’t look good.
It’s all almost enough to make you glad you’re a prepper, right?