Chorus - Holly Herndon
If Steve Martin, William Shatner and Jack Black had their DNA spliced together and cloned the product might look something like Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring. Those dance move though
From A Peoples’ History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Carl Degler says (Out of Our Past): “No new social class came to power through the door of the American revolution. The men who engineered the revolt were largely members of the colonial ruling class.” George Washington was the richest man in America. John Hancock was a prosperous Boston merchant. Benjamin Franklin was a wealthy printer. And so on.
On the other hand, town mechanics, laborers, and seamen, as well as small farmers, were swept into “the people” by the rhetoric of the Revolution, by the camaraderie of military service, by the distribution of some land. Thus was created a substantial body of support, a national consensus, something that, even with the exclusion of ignored and oppressed people, could be called “America.” p. 85
The Constitution, then, illustrates the complexity of the American system: that it serves the interests of a wealthy elite, but also does enough for small property owners, for middle-income mechanics and farmers, to build a broad base of support. The slightly prosperous people who make up this base of support are buffers against the blacks, the Indians, the very poor whites. They enable the elite to keep control with a minimum of coercion, a maximum of law-all made palatable by the fanfare of patriotism and unity.
O. G. Bobby Johnson (Game Boy Advance Version Ryan Hemsworth)
I can’t stop listening to this.
I had a dream this morning that could only be described as a comedy. A lot of stuff happened but this was the best part.
After tracking down a group of bad guys with a posse, Fred Armisen crept up behind a bad guy’s pickup truck, froze in his tracks, then turned and slowly walked back he whisper talking ‘Oh no they’ve got Ananas’. At which point I could see that the back of the truck was full of creatures that were living Pineapples, like from Téléfrancais, that were sleeping and snoring. Somehow I knew the bad guys were planning on putting explosives in these Ananas then blowing them up in terrorist attacks. There was a lot more that happened but this was definitely the most memorable part.
— John Keats
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
Lunar Earthside Chart: Provisional Flight Crew Planning Version (Full sized version) I think I might try to have this printed eventually.
I’m reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and am really enjoying it. There will be many post to come but I thought I’d post this excerpt to write about two things. First is this chapter’s focus on the divide and conquer tactics of the ruling elite and secondly how my imagination can’t help but play with alternate universe histories.
The white rulers of the Carolinas seemed to be conscious of the need for a policy, as one of them put it, “to make Indians & Negros a checque upon each other lest by their Vastly Superior Numbers we should be crushed by one or the other.” And so laws were passed prohibiting free blacks from traveling in Indian country. Treaties with Indian tribes contained clauses requiring the return of fugitive slaves. Governor Lyttletown of South Carolina wrote in 1738: “It has always been the policy of this government to create an aversion in them [Indians] to Negroes.”
Part of this policy involved using black slaves in the South Carolina militia to fight Indians. Still, the government was worried about black revolt, and during the Cherokee war in the 1760s, a motion to equip five hundred slaves to fight the Indians lost in the Carolina assembly by a single vote.
Time and again in this chapter Zinn shows how different means are used to pit underprivileged groups against each other. Vastly outnumbered the landowning individuals use violence, laws, bribes, and trickery to maintain power. It also has me thinking about how solidarity is a key advantage in struggles for equality.
The second paragraph here has me imagining a situation where this slave army is trained but then sides with the Indians and changes the momentum in the region and some sort of alliance starts to build power. I wonder how that would play out.