Thursday, April 2, 2015
Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin must be thankful Ted Cruz came along. He's drawing a lot of internet barbs now. This one might delight you if the old Buce Springsteen song Born in the USA spontaneously plays in your head now and then, like it does in mine. If that crashing drum back beat is interspersed with things my ex did that still make me cringe, see me.
On a somewhat related matter, if you're wondering what Yemen is all about, US academic Sheila Carapico has studied Yemen for a long time and has an article about it in The Nation.
Carapico explains where these Houthis who are taking over the place came from and why they're mad, and why they have a lot of support among the public. She starts out with a several paragraph condemnation of Saudi Arabia, I suppose because it's attacking Yemen along with the US and because it's long meddled in Yemen, which is on the same peninsula as Saudi Arabia. Or maybe Carapico just wanted to get some things off her chest.
Anyway, I heard her interviewed about Yemen in a podcast recently and she knows the topic. She was interviewed on a program called Voices of the Middle East and North Africa which is on the Berkeley Pacifica station.
Pacifica is a little network of five listener supported stations where you hear a pretty wide variety of voices coming mainly from the Left. There's also many programs that play music you don't hear anyplace else, and with modern technology you can stream any of the stations live. They have a Pacifica "app" now.
I've sometimes been listening to the morning program from WBAI, the New York station, on my cell phone on my way back from Holbrook. WBAI is where Amy Goodman came from. Currently it is has an African American station manager and predominantly African American on air people and it's interesting for that reason. I'm probably not the only Anglo who wonders what it would like if my race wasn't the dominant one. If, say, Latinos were in charge, what would life be like for me? (I had a little taste of that in my year driving the Albuquerque city bus.) Or if African Americans took over, would the issues important to me get aired on Pacifica radio, as often as I like and in the way I like?
Going by WBAI's morning program and the recurring bouts of uneasiness I feel while listening to it, the answer is no. Things like that, and the experience at the bus garage, may give me a little insight into what it's like for other groups, but I'm not sure if the experiences quite equate. It does though force me to investigate my own psyche. The fear of no longer being the master race, of course, is a lot of what's driving politics in the US right now. It isn't operating at a conscious level in most people. It's deep in the unconscious. It's there, though, and is causing anxiety and fear. Maybe not as much as what's being caused by the economic transition we're going through, but it will increase over time.
It's what makes these preachers and politicians get on the air and lie about what Indiana's discrimination law is all about, and it's driving a lot of Republican politics. Anglos, not just in the US but throughout the West, are going away. Our numbers are declining, in relative terms everywhere and in absolute numbers in many places. Our birth rates have declined while others have increased, and everybody is catching up to the advantages Anglos have enjoyed that came from technological superiority and Capitalism, and they are figuring things out, and we'll eventually lose our grip on power. It's going to be interesting. It will get ugly, I'm sure.