Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): Crazy, unrealistic people believe all our systems are rigged for the benefit of the rich and powerful. Rational, realistic people believe all our systems happen to benefit the rich and powerful by pure coincidence.
OMG, I think I'm crazy.
I read the first two lines and I thought "uh oh :O "
You had me there for a minute!
Good essay, as usual.
"Rational, realistic people believe we can just ignore those problems and think about more pleasant things."
And, we'll need to see those smiles.
I'm upgrading my tinfoil hat to 16 gage aluminum plate. Padded of course.
Oh my God! Where did she get my picture!? I'm the one one the left. AI has finally kicked in!
Happy to hang out with you on the edge of the insane dominant culture!
Thank you Caitlin!
"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted in a profoundly sick society."
That monocle in the picture on the right is the cherry on top.
I am proudly crazy and unrealistic. US government cannot be tweaked or reformed because it is irremedially corrupt. It must be replaced.
This is absolute genius. Going to post this everywhere.
I knew I was crazy, just didn't know about the unrealistic part..
Hooray for me! More pronouns.
Everyone who drives slower than I do is an idiot, everyone who drives faster is a maniac.
I continue to support your work, but the fact that you believe the same pieces of human garbage that are The War Pigs you detest, are somehow telling you the truth about climate change is baffling AF.
Totally true, on the nail. Good prose like this lifts you out of the gloom 🙏🏻
If only it were that simple. Did you see the interview on Democracy Now with Naomi Klein about her book 'Doppelgänger' where she talks about how she is often confused with Naomi Wolfe?
We are living in mirror world where the narrative of the crazy people, who rightly point out, for example, the sponsorship by Pfizer of media outlets during the 'pandemic', the censorship of dissent and who rightly distrust big Pharma and tech has now been flipped by the right wing and these 'crazy' people have now actually become crazy. The right wing promotes theories of big government control over us by Jews using fake climate change has resulted in anti-semitism, homophobia conspiracies and support for big oil, animal ag and Jordon Peterson.
The problem with the left wing as I see it, is that there is no room for any lefty liberals like me, who questioned the 'pandemic' measures such as lockdowns and masks on scientific, not political grounds. Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein also bandied the pejorative term 'anti-vaxxer' around. Seems the parents of vaccine injured children, ignored by the doctors, also find no listening ear or support in the left. Nor is there a place on the left for those who support complete personal bodily autonomy or oppose mandates coercing workers and students etc into brand new (if you dispute the term experimental) medical procedures. Klein has spoken out against regulatory capture in health care but has swallowed the recommendations of the CDC, which benefit pharma to the tune of $billions and who also have no liability) wholesale and thinks they could have gone further by vaccinating the whole world before rich westerners got their 4th booster.
With hindsight we know that politicians were not afraid of 'covid', we know that many measures were enforced on political not scientific grounds and 2m rules etc were abitary. We know the cronyism and corruption were immense. But still the left clings to belief that those dissenting were part of the conspiracy culture. Klein says that we should all agree whether covid was just a cold or a bioweapon. This is unfair, those dissenting do not have to agree on anything, though covid is neither a cold nor a bioweapon (a conspiracy theory put about to keep the narrative going). Covid is just a collection of common and ubiquitous symptoms and a non-specific PCR technique (never validated against a physical entity and the putative entity never shown to cause disease). Covid is a phantom.
The left itself in its failure to acknowledge dissent on covid on scientific grounds, and also on whether, for example, gender 'affirming' surgery and drugs are always a good idea in young children and not perhaps child abuse and marketing by pharma has itself driven 'crazy' people, pointing out government corruption, further to the right and into the clutches of what Klein calls the far right, so that now they are actually crazy anti-semitic, homophobes and climate deniers controlled by fascists.
I agree with Klein that this is what has happened, though she doesn't acknowledge the lefts' culpability in it.
I've been called "crazy" for thinking the world could be a better place for ALL humankind. I've been called crazy because I believe that we are all made in God's image and are, therefore, all equals and equally worthy of life, liberty and happiness.
I guess I'd rather go down in history as a "crazy person" than a soulless ghoul who ignores the suffering of their fellow humans and the degradation of our natural world. "Rational" people (as Caitlin puts it) have a lot to answer for.