Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"It's a trap!"

- Supreme Commander of the Rebel Alliance Fleet Admiral Ackbar on work, love, sex, marriage, family, fame, success, wealth, poverty, hope, despair, religion, education, nationalism, life in the theater, the entertainment industry, the private sector, the public sector, resignation, resistance, two-party political systems, one-party political systems, parliamentary democracy, managed democracy, capitalism, populism, liberalism, socialism, communism, utopianism, pragmatism, refusing to give beggars money because you work hard for yours and anyways they don't look so bad off, that's a nice shirt they're wearing, and is that really her baby?; on losing your virginity; on the woman you love taking you by the hand and whispering in your ear that she loves you, too; on buying that car; on buying that house; on taking out those student loans; on taking that corporate gig to pay them off; on master's degrees; on PhD's; on MFA's, MBA's, MD's and JD's; on for-profit colleges; on not-for-profit colleges; on giving up on your dreams; on following them; on Citizens United; on a house divided; on Objectivism, Scientology, libertarianism, and Landmark; on mortgage-backed securities, credit default swaps, publicly financed bailouts, and the return to normalcy; on New York City; on Silicon Valley; on Dubai, Tokyo, São Paolo, Mexico City, Caracas, and every major city in India and China; on Russia, Poland, and the Balkans; on Southeast Asia; on all of Africa; on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the two-state solution, and the coming insurrection; on Fortress London and the Hunger Olympiad; on public housing, shanty towns, gated communities, and communes; on schools, prisons, factories, mines, and offices; on nursing homes, call centers, butcher shops, and glue factories; on standing still; on running away; on not doing anything about it and whatever the opposite of that is; on the light at the end of the tunnel; on life under the gathering clouds.

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