Cargo Cult

Cat and Girl is on the web HERE.

(If you’re not familiar with the term “cargo cult,” Wikipedia has a nice article HERE.)

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Resources

I saw a real change in this country when they changed the name from “Personnel Department” to “Human Resources.”

That’s when we changed from being “persons” to be respected to “resources” to be exploited and discarded.

People

“Corporations are not people.  People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance.  They live, they love, and they die.  And that matters.  That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.”  ~Sen. Elizabeth Warren (via)

I would argue that we’ve morphed into an oligarchy run by and for the corporations, that we don’t run it at all.

But it’s nice to be reminded of how things could have been.

Class and Warfare

When the Second World War broke out, the British government commissioned W. Somerset Maugham  (who was then living in France) to interview military officials, politicians, and the general public to asses their moral and abilities.

France fell much quicker than anyone expected, and Maugham was on one of the last boats out.  When he got back to England he published a short autobiography covering the short time before and during the fall, and included his own thoughts on why the end came so suddenly.

He put a lot of the blame on a demoralized working class and an intransigent leisure class.

Below are excerpts transcribed from Strictly Personal by W. Somerset Maugham, ©1940:

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