The name of this blog has been altered from “The Black Flag” to one that more closely describes my political position. More changes are on the way …probably.
“Wearing your heart on your sleeve at least gives you something to wipe your nose on.” – Ophelia Oldfellow Private expressions of emotion: grief, regret, elation or affection, may or may not be sincere but I believe in giving them the benefit of the doubt until their falsity is proved. Public expressions of […]
This post, a short one, is an attempt to make a particular argument clear to people who disagree with me (all my previous efforts have failed miserably – I have never been able to make myself understood). To show goodwill I intend to play nicely. I will soft-pedal the sarcasm and not refer to them […]
I’ve devoted several posts to the deficiencies of “democratic” political systems and recently I’ve been reading Democracy and its Crisis by AC Grayling. Anybody with the slightest interest in the subject should take a look at it. Here is a link. It starts with a good history of how our current systems have evolved and follows up […]
I love poetry but I’m no good at writing it. I have tried from time to time and probably will again but I’m just smart enough to know that I have no talent for it, in the same way as being a glutton isn’t enough to make me a chef. The ability to write poetry […]
A famous American once wrote “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds .” No, it wasn’t Donald Trump (I said “wrote”!). The quotation, however, is a nice introduction to my theme: that politics is inimical to consistency of opinion. Barack Obama is a secret Moslem who wasn’t born in America. Donald Trump is, wittingly […]
Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a democratic system? Government by the people! Not like in those bad old days when we were ruled by kings! Bullshit, bullshit and bullshit. All government is a racket. From time to time a new set of rulers emerges after a process designed to confer the appearance of […]