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thanks for this expression of the ambiguous future we all face.

just as your diary about obama did a few days ago, this essay has a wide balance of thought, straddling as they do the gulf of doubt as we confront the facts that can no longer be spun so successfully, and the existential worry that there will be no leader of the psychological astuteness and calibre to guide us to an intelligent navigation between the scylla of resource depletion/climate change and the charybdis of repression, xenophobia and fascistic chortcut 'solutions' to the challenges.

we desperately need this kind of wide balanced stance to understand the scope of the issues, and the range of possible pathways out of this dichotomy, and the subsequent sense of paralysis that comes with ignorant denial.

there will be a great need to run to one or other of the poles to find safety in extreme 'certainties', when on consideration, i believe we need to dialogue from a middle way, splitting the differences, making the necessary compromises with the facts on the ground and the rigid mindsets that find it impossible to pull out of the swandive we're in.

this diary, and Jerome's trajectory in general, offer real, sound ways forward out of this paralysis without sacrifice of beliefs or identity, just sacrifice of impatience and fanaticism.

the facts on the ground, as they accelerate the drama, will do the rest to push social change, as the examples of win/win policies emerge as concrete proof of seriousness, as lights ahead to pilot by.

as my new sig says, we have to practice holding apparently contradictory concepts without coming down in hard judgment, and the easy refuge of absolute, but ultimately unpragmatic opinions, satisfying in their simplicity, but impractical in the present reality. it's a reflection of the epically crazy chances we are taking as a species, potentially extinguishing ourselves through greed and mental laziness.

kudos, J... your overview and breadth of vision continues to inspire this reader, and from the comments, i dare say many more.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2010 at 07:51:41 PM EST
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