A major theme of this site is America's broken connection with reality. The late John Boyd (Colonel, USAF) described this connection as our observation-orientation-decision-action-loop (the OODA loop). A key component of the OODA loop for western societies is the mainstream media. As is obvious by now, America's professional media has decayed durign the past few decades. A … Continue reading The magic of the mainstream media changes even the plainest words into face powder
Excerpt from Money and Class in America, Lewis Lapham (1988). Lapham talks about America's decreasing willingness to bear the burden of self-government, a long-standing theme of this site (at the end you will see links to other posts on this subject). The Precarious Eden (page 158-159) Under a republican form of government the citizenry supposedly … Continue reading Are Americans still willing to bear the burden of self-government?
This is another in a series of posts examining the deterioration of America’s ability to cope with reality, called the observation-orientation-decision-action loop (aka the OODA loop; at the end are links to other chapters in the series). The rise of the Green religion is an example of this, as the previously majority religion (in Lewis Laptham’s … Continue reading A note on the green religion, one of the growth industries in America
Here are some excerpts from Money and Class in America by Lewis H. Lapham (1988). He expands on a major theme of this site, how we have come to see America as a ship in which we sail as passgengers -- entitled to complain about the decore and service, but about which we feel no … Continue reading Observations about America by Lewis Lapham