I'll have a double Coke and Quantum on the rocks...
Addictions are a funny thing. I’m not talking about class A type addictions. Or even fags or booze but the little things we are all addicted to in one way or another. I rambled on about vinyl addictions elsewhere in this blog but the addiction I’m most ashamed of (but I’m not really) comes, for me, in a clear plastic bottle with a red label, often with a tan-ish swirl across it. Yep, I’m addicted to Coca bloody Cola and my particular passion is that nasty vanilla stuff they came out with a couple of years back…the diet version. Do I feel guilty? Nah, I gave that up years ago and just succumbed to the pleasure of the fizz. I can’t stand the normal, non diet stuff…too sweet and it doesn’t have the same chemical buzz, and other soft drinks are shite…...
So there I am in the local Caltex last week, buying a fix and some idiot comes up to me and says something along the lines of “why are you buying that shit, why are you supporting those American arseholes? Don’t support American companies…..think about it” and walks out.
Aside from the fact that John (I don’t know his name but John will clearly do) was clearly a prize twat, the fact that he was buying petrol from a
But his outburst speaks to a larger issue: the generational alienation of much of the world from the
So, yeah, to the alienation. We are surrounded by all things American, and the twentieth century was, without any question, the American century (I wonder when the rest of the two continents get to reclaim the word “American” from the
And throughout my life, despite the disastrous
But there is a quantum change in the air and you can feel it and see it anywhere on planet Earth you go outside the
God, I don’t want to be accused of being “anti-American” (damn that is one stupid phrase, and the use of it implies the accuser is a complete moron) but there is some sort of collective responsibility in a democracy surely and the weight of the burden of the crimes committed in the name of the USA, the murder and mayhem in the middle east which exists as a result of those crimes and deceit, must reflect on the nation as a whole. That the world is worse as a result of the events and practices of the And the likes of Robert Fisk must feel some sort of sad satisfaction to be proved so right)
And the likes of Robert Fisk must feel some sort of sad satisfaction to be proved so right)
But the quantum change is the movement of the non-American political middle ground, the safe centre, to which the overwhelming mass of the populace inevitably sits, to a position which would probably sit on the far left of the American political spectrum. A whole generation and, I guess, the generation that will follow them is growing up beli
I’m really not trying to make a political point here, just stating something which I think has become glaringly obvious in recent times, and something I don’t think the powers that be, who are are so cravenly power hungry as the leaders of all empires in decline are, have even an inkling of in DC. .