Sunday, January 29, 2017

Morality Plays.

"I intended that when the curtain went up the scene should confront the public like the exaggerating mirror in the stories of Madame Leprince de Beaumont, in which the depraved saw themselves with dragons' bodies or bulls' horns, or whatever corresponded to their particular vice. It is not surprising that the public should have been aghast at the sight of its other self, which it had never been shown completely. This ignoble other self, as Monsieur Catulle Mendes has excellently said, is composed "of eternal human imbecility, eternal lust, eternal gluttony, the vileness of instinct magnified into tyranny; of the sense of decency, the virtues, the patriotism and the ideals peculiar to those who have just eaten to their fill." Really, these are hardly constituents for an amusing play, and the masks demonstrate that the comedy must at the most be the macabre comedy of an English clown, or of a Dance of Death." 

Alfred Jarry, Ubu Roi.

God save the King!

How we should celebrate the crowning of the great toupéed gargoyle!

Trump and his assembled company of ghastly ghouls has succeeded in reviving moral clarity.

These people give us a chance to revisit simple ideals and progressive dreams for a better world.

Thank God!

God bless President Donald J Trump!

Heil Trump!

Heil Trump!

We are confronted by a simplistic battle between right and wrong, good and evil.

The supporting cast of appeasers, corrupt capitalist cronies and neo-nazis are cut-price gremlins.

Hollywood must be rubbing its hands at the thought of cutting costs on the cuddly to ugly transformations.

Fuck cuddly let's just have ugly!!

Bored with filling our homes, pockets and minds with all the capitalistic crap money can buy we are now playing out fictional dystopian nightmares for real.

So what is this "great American" dream that people have bought into?

These are the last days of a morally bankrupt system.

“Those who are against fascism without being against capitalism, who lament over the barbarism that comes out of barbarism, are like people who wish to eat their veal without slaughtering the calf. They are willing to eat the calf, but they dislike the sight of blood. They are easily satisfied if the butcher washes his hands before weighing the meat. They are not against the property relations which engender barbarism; they are only against barbarism itself. They raise their voices against barbarism, and they do so in countries where precisely the same property relations prevail, but where the butchers wash their hands before weighing the meat.”

Bertolt Brecht

Here we are now post war (are you kidding me?), post Brexit, post truth (nope), (un)willing participants in a globalised real world morality play.

We have a chance to rediscover what the term "moral compass" might entail.

We have a chance to remind ourselves what the term "common humanity" might mean.

Meanwhile, the grizzly, greedy hypocrisy of the christian right shows itself for what it is:

pro-life fascism

Meanwhile, the grizzly, gruesome nihilism of the radical islamic jihadists shows itself for what it is:

death-cult fascism

Does this bozo aspire to moral superiority?


He whines that his guys should be allowed to have a level fucking playing field!!

Public crucifixion in Time Square!


Now we're talking!

What brand of fascism do you prefer?

Take your pick...I mean axe.

Morality plays...

There are those self-seeking creeps who are unwilling to stand up and call out evil.

Shall we have peace in our time?

I fear not.

Morality Tales

Perhaps we need to reread some passages of those all American morality tales?

"1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Perhaps we need to heed our leaders?

Perhaps we need to heed our forebears?

Trump is a God send!

Post Script

"This is one of those clarifying moments in American history, and like most such, it came upon us unawares, although historians in later years will be able to trace the deep and the contingent causes that brought us to this day. There is nothing to fear in this fact; rather, patriots should embrace it. The story of the United States is, as Lincoln put it, a perpetual story of “a rebirth of freedom” and not just its inheritance from the founding generation."


  1. Yes, where before the election the Democrats were a house divided at least now while there is still in-fighting they all agree, no Supreme Court nominations and fight against the dying of the light. And then there are all the spontaneous combustions that are happening at airports. Plus, there is no end to the volume of 'subvert-izing" that has commenced. Now...what of the praetorian guard we call the Secret Service? Who will they , in the end, honor--the rule of the Constitution or the rule of law.

  2. Seems like the whole world is in turmoil. Causes are the rapid pace of technological innovation over the past 30 years that has cut jobs for many, while making unwanted ideas available in places where they are unwelcome, challenging the male dominance of many religions and political orders, and the White male dominance in the US and Western countries. At the same time climate change is causing much of the migration taking place around the world, as is political turmoil. Communications changes have put more of us in touch with each other, and created silos, where we gather with people who thinking like us and reinforce our narrow beliefs. Those are three contributors to the rise of people like Txxxp (I refuse to use his name).

    The human race will survive this, but not without great pain. Those of us over 50 will not live long enough to see the final act.