December 30th, 2006

Warning: political cooties

My maternal grandparents belonged to a party which, like today's Republican Party, believed in smaller government. As a matter of fact, it believed in a smaller government than the Libertarian Party advocates. Heck, smaller than some anarchist groups advocate.

The Communist Party USA.

Now, it's true that no Communist government has made much progress toward the withering away of the state. And that economic activity has been mostly controlled by government rather than by the cooperative organizations which (under true communism) would be autonomous. However, the Republicans in Washington haven't made any more progress toward increasing states' rights, or toward fiscal responsibility in government.

If you'll only belong to a political party which lives up to its proclaimed ideals, you're not going to have much choice. The Anti-Masonic Party's first (and only) Presidential candidate was a Mason. During election seasons, the Green Party generates more campaign trash in my neighborhood than any other party.

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Saturday December 30, 2006. Late night thought: Cat tv shows, starting with Fluffy the Vampire Slayer.

***"Unwilling or unable to fully explore the novel’s singular premise, and overly inclined to drift into more familiar territory, the multiple screenwriters of Children of Men have failed to create a film about an awful dystopian future without children; instead, it is simply another film about an awful dystopian future...."

Either it's possible to write (and film) non-awful dystopian fiction, or "awful dystopian" is redundant. The first alternative is more interesting.

Unfortunately, my imagination isn't up to the task of designing such a future. It's easy enough to think of futures which would be dystopian for some other people, but which I wouldn't find awful -- but then they wouldn't be dystopias for me. Futures which would be dystopian for me, but not awful to their originators are easy enough to find; but that doesn't satisfy the requirements either.

Only thing I can think of is dystopias which are going to change very soon.

***On the newsgroup alt.comp.freeware, someone asked where he could find a free crappy-looking font. One recommendation was the "Cheap Ink Killed My Printer" font. I would say it fits the purpose. It can be seen, among other places, here:
Writing: The Blending of Starport One -- took out what I'd last added. Added a bit more.

Selfhelp information:
Decluttering: Dishes washed. Trash bagged. Trash out.

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Robertson Davies
"There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity."