An odd sort of a day today. I spent most of it working on my laptop in the Hyatt at Dallas Airport and then moved on to the Lounge in the airport before I head for Bogota this evening. I’ve got a lot done, including catching up on blog post, but there informed that I had Type 2 Diabetes by email the day before while walking around Auschwitz/Birkenau. I’ve told the story of that elsewhere and maintained my reversal/arrest requires continued restraint on my part. Accepting some pretty draconian restraints on my own life enabled a radical change in my life for the better.
Now I have been watching Fox News out of a sense of duty trying to avoid pity alternating with despair. Within that I have seen news items on States that want to legitimate the open wearing of guns and the constraint on welfare recipients for spending any money on going to the swimming pool or cinema. Here we have constraints being imposed without restraint in what seems an unbridled exercise of prejudice enabled by power. What we seem to have is an absence of the type of restraint which held back both left and right from excess a few years ago. We have it to a (slightly) lesser extent in the UK with the naked commercialisation of aspects of the health service and a range of measure that show similar contempt for those out of work or in low paid work. There was a good image on Facebook today which mocks the tone of moral self righteousness that pervades many statements around these particular retrogressive and uncivilised steps.
It’s depressing in many ways, not least because the general assumption over the early decades of my life were that things were getting better. We saw pupils from state schools taking over government from the private schools in the UK in the 60s and onto the end of the Century. Generally living standards increased. But now it seems we are going backwards. Income inequality and attitudes between the wealthy and the poor are returning to Victorian levels and it can only be a matter of time before the more extreme US states bring back the workhouse.
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