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Author Topic:   Jon Jost's American Pastoral #29
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06-28-2021 8:15 AM

One of my favorite bloggers to read is Jon Jost. His American Pastoral series is in my opinion spot on in its description of American life and portrayal of our role in culture and History. (As Americans)
Here are some excerpts and pictures from his latest episode #29.
Read the full Blog Here. There are also some great and appropriate pictures!
The ascendancy of Trump, seen by many as an aberration, a slap in the face to our sense of civil decorum, was in reality simply an unveiling of ourselves. For decades America has been corrupt and rotted to the core – not just the hard-right business-oriented sorts, but our nice soft liberals as well. On the right, the military-industrial complex and its endless wars, was encouraged to expand since there was much profit to be made from it, and few raised a complaint. (...)On the liberal side, the corruption can be seen in universities that have become secondary to their football and basketball teams, where grade inflation and cozy “legacy” admissions warp the fabric of education. It can be seen in the empty gestures toward “green” behavior, with recycling and hybrid cars and endless feel-good symbolic acts which utterly fail to address the reality that America is a vicious militarist/capitalist system that seizes 25% of the globe’s resources to serve 4.4 % of the world’s population. To effect any real change requires a drastic downsizing of American consumption, something which even the most liberal of Americans will not consider. They will say instead that the 25% must simply be more equitably distributed, not that we need to cut back 80% to properly fit our population. It is a moral corruption no less damning than the rude billionaire’s club of the Republicans. (...)Since the end of World War Two, Americans have lived in a fantasy bubble, perceiving themselves ever as the good guys, the white-hat cowboy come to save the damsel in distress. After all, we’d gone to Europe’s and Asia’s defense, beating the Krauts and the Japs, sacrificing our youth for others. Our story. Never mind it was the Soviet Union that sacrificed endlessly more and did the job in Europe, and never mind it was Japanese over-reach that cost them their war. But for we Americans, nope, it was our glorious GI’s that turned the tide, and won the day. (...)We were a Norman Rockwell painting!
Read his blog for the complete read.
Edited by Phat, : Grammarly corrected parts of the quote

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