I believe – that is, there is no medical proof – that the sciatic nerve in my right leg is slightly afflicted and so causes me to lean towards the left. It has done so – unproven – for years and may even explain my gangster like gait. But it may also explain some of the quotes I will post:

“Such a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. The spectators must certainly never know everything about terrorism, but they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.” Guy Debord in COMMENTS ON THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

As the US drives the global war on terror, this quote may seem a bit out of place amidst all the electioneering at the moment. You know as well as I do, though, that it will return, as it always does and there will always be someone providing a thoughtful analysis on the phenomenon of terrorism. James Baldwin did it in the 70s – and I may post the quote at some time – , Noam Chomsky did it again after 9/11 – although, I can’t for the life of me find where I wrote it down – , and I’m sure many others (whom some of you better read than myself will be able to refer us to) have provided equally thought provoking words.