20 February 2009

The fear decade

The Nation -- Jobless in America

Remember the halcyon days of Bedwetter Nation when we were all so terrified of the thought that some guy in a turban would blow up our grain silo in the middle of nowhere that it became the central issue of the 2004 election?  Man, weren't those the days.  You'd almost think such things were put up as a distraction to keep the public in perpetual fear and, more germanely, keep them unaware of things they ought to rightfully be afraid of, such as how their consumer-driven lifestyle--better known as "defeating the terrorists by shopping"--was built on a foundation of sand. 

Ah well, I suppose it's going to be hard to attack Iran now.  Fear of foreign governments we don't understand just seems rather flimsy by comparison.