The Republican party is now mostly home to people who set great store by relationships, the outcome of which, perhaps inevitably, is the perception of people as naturally arranged in strata or distinct groups. It probably was always the case. After all, “res public” refers to the things with which the public is concerned and “things” encompasses a much wider universe/environment than the relatives to which an individual relates. There the whole inanimate world, for example, which humans (the tool users) have manipulated rather expertly for a very long time. Manipulating their own kind would seem to be rather dull, by comparison. And yet, that’s what our Republican friends seem to thrive on.
They’re under the same kind of regimen as directs the providers of “animal control”–management that’s focused on removal and disposal. Indeed, that’s the thrust of the ordinance under which the Tree Advisory Board operates. For some representative quotes from the ordinance:
It has been known for several decades that various industrial enterprises on the coast of Georgia had left a residue of contaminated soils and wetlands. But, that the residues continue to be absorbed by the human population, as well, is not readily apparent because some people just get overlooked.
The income stream from remediation gets more attention because that keeps a small army of “experts” in a job. At present, their focus is on extracting some more dollars from the Honeywell corporation, whose executives made an unfortunate decision to acquire some waste lands on the cheap. A pro-forma public hearing to review the most recent “plans” left all the attendees largely unsatisfied.
to protest the shooting of Jekyll deer whose browsing is making the golf course unsightly. Some humans just have to have something to kill.
Will bring back pictures — of the beach, not the deer.
Of course, it was a nice sunny day and a holiday to boot. But, the enthusiasm for expressing their opposition to having more oaks removed and gasoline tanks installed in the ground in their stead was palpable and echoed in the honks of people driving by.
Not having grown up American, I find that I am often ignorant of American culture. On the other hand, when it is pointed out to me, I see it as an outsider and, I sometimes think, more clearly. That was the case with the car culture “discovered” by my spouse in the American cinema. We agreed that the ancillary side-effects of Americans’ love affair with their cars–urban sprawl, social disruption, environmental degradation, individual isolation–are all deplorable. But, it was only recently that it hit me that the promotion of the private automotive capsule and the destruction of cohesive communities was all intentional. Though the evidence of commercial interest was always rather obvious.
The Money block, that is. It cites all the usual Modern Money Theory suspects. But, money is something we can never get too much talk of. Taboos are really hard to overcome.