Baltimore and Freddie Gray

Who am I to say anything about Baltimore and Freddie Gray?

Whoever.

It is hard to disagree with the sentiment that all people should be held accountable for their actions, and public figures and public servants ever the more publicly

While I can’t condone thuggery or mob rule, it is hard to condemn when it is understandble in aggregate. One cannot be surprised at what comes of the structures we’ve shaped and the forces that vent from their boilers and ductwork from time to time.

All the more reason to rehabilitate or dismantled those structures, to question who they are built for, and who benefits from them when they are “working,” even if there are individuals to hold to account on the different sides of the reactions of a given explosion.

I do hope my friends and family are safe up there (and I think they are, there are clear class and race lines on the physical map of today’s clashes and looting, and my loved ones in Baltimore are surely privileged folk.)

 

Jubilee

I wish I could declare universal “bankruptcy” and start over.

I need a jubilee, of sorts.

a period of remission from the penal consequences of sin, granted by the Roman Catholic Church under certain conditions for a year, usually at intervals of twenty-five years.

— via Google.

 

“It’s always hard to talk about somebody’s motives, right?”

James Risen talks with Glenn Greenwald about the war on terror and Risen’s analysis presented in his latest book:

I think it’s basically that after so many years there’s a whole class of people that have developed. A post-9/11 mercenary class that’s developed that have invested in their own lives an incentive to keep the war going. Not just people who are making money, but people who are in the government who their status and their power within the government are invested in continuing the war.

To me, it’s not like I’ve been radicalized, I feel like I stayed in the same place and the country changed. The country became more radicalized in a different direction.