Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Sunny "beaches" of Pittsburgh

Today I took Marf's Ig out to the hills near my apartment that peoplesunbathe on. As usual, Iguanas prove to be a magnet for the curious,and I ended up talking to a lot more people than usual. Nikolai seemedto have a good time -- I should take him out more.

Last night, liberals come out in drives to see Moore's 9-11 film. Artsyliberals, mainly. It was interesting to see the styles all concentratedtogether. The oddity came from it's rare to see these people walkingon the street en masse... almost contradictary to their style..

Lawrence Lessig pointed out that, on Amazon.com, youcan get a DRM-protected copy of the U.S. Constitution. Funny, and odd.Why would the U.S. government provide a copy with such restrictions?

I've been thinking about the tension between the Trudovik and Bolshevik ideasof democracy. In particular, the Trudoviks, who were social democrats (whowanted a non-Marxist semi-socialist government akin to Europe today), werevery populist, and drew their support from the masses that existed at thattime today. By contrast, the Bolsheviks (not going to bring the Mensheviks intothis -- too complicated) didn't think democracy would be possible until themasses were freed from the Bourgeoise and their deception. It's an interestingposition to be in, to need to claim that, "If only the masses were educatedcorrectly, they'd vote for us, so we don't need popular mandate right now".It's made more complicated by the fact that any social arrangement is likelyto have dominant media that support the status quo, and that media may eitherhide/minimize dirty tricks of the government (as we have in the United States)or lie/exaggerate about dirty tricks of proponents of alternate systems.In some systems, notably under Stalin and, at times, under the United States,expressing certain opinions can result in removal from the political arena(or society at large). To some degree, the United States is needing to dealwith this issue in Iraq.

Anyhow, my sister and her boyfriend are driving out to visit, arriving in afew hours. I'd best go grab lunch and do more cleaning.

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