May 21, 2007
From the Editor

John Turner

I don't know about all of you but, I confess, I let a short trip disorganize me more than it should. I tell myself that as soon as I get home I'll be right back in my regular routines and getting through tasks just as steadily as I've ever done. But it doesn't seem to work out that way. There are always slack days when I just loll around and don't do much of anything. People say the mind needs fallow time and I sure hope that's the case because my mind gets lots of it.

I read in my local paper this morning that the American people are more pessimistic than they have been for years. "That's good," I said to myself. "Maybe they're beginning to wake up to how things really are and are starting to feel ashamed for the political situation we've allowed to develop." I want everybody to be pessimistic. That's the best social condition for a decent life.

I've also been pleased to see over the past week several deprecations of the glories of globalism. Until recently all the ideas and actions that were gathered under that title were proclaimed as the best thing since sliced bread. Actually, globalism is like sliced bread, one of the worse developments for genuine health and good taste we've experienced. I don't think I was ever taken in by it to the degree that the smart people were, but lately my lukewarmness has descended to a chill. Think about it. How can it make sense for the ingredients of every simple product we use to be shipped all over the world before it ends up in our eager hands? Such a scheme is bound to be a scam of some sort, and the more I hear and read about globalism I become convinced it's one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the long-suffering human race. Globalism is, at bottom, a program for helping rich people make money off the very poorest people in the world. You can construct all the arguments in favor of it you want, lauding its efficiencies and so forth. But, in the end, it's just one more example of rich people's determination to stay in the saddle no matter how hard it makes life for the people who are really bearing the burdens of production.

As I write, Alberto Gonzales is still in office. Almost everybody says he should go, except for Alberto himself and his bosom buddy George Bush. But this is a rare instance when I'm in favor of Alberto's and George's position. The longer Gonzales remains at the Justice Department, the more avidly the foul ups he and his boss have engaged in will be investigated and reported. And I want that process to continue nonstop until January 1909.  Nothing positive a revamped Justice Department might do over the next year and a half is more important than that.

Much as I would like to stay at home for a while, I've got myself in a situation where I have to leave again soon.  So, next week, I'll be working up my contributions to the HSC from the Washington, D.C. area. Maybe I'll find out some things there I wouldn't learn about here. I hope so, and if I do I'll report them to you.


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