November 2004

I saw this in a discarded Sunday newspaper, one of the best Oliphant cartoons I’ve seen in a long, long time. I knew right away that it was paying homage, too, which made it that much sweeter. See the entry below, July 1916.

July 1916

The Masses, an amazing political journal of art, poetry, prose, biting satire and gripping reportage, was shut down by the U.S. government of Woodrow Wilson after the U.S. entered WWI. Prior to that sorry occurrence, it was one of the edgiest, most brilliant, poignant and funny publications ever to be published in this country. There are two collections in print, Echoes of Revolt: The Masses 1911-1917 (Elephant Paperbacks, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago: 1989) and Art for the Masses (Temple University Press: 1988). You’ll be delighted at how timely it still is, nearly nine decades later.

Oil and money

Still finding myself spending an inordinate amount of time cruising around a circuit of websites, seeking news on the war, the unfolding story of falling oil reserves (or not?), global warming stories like the melting Arctic and glaciers, and finally the impending decline of the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. How many years (months?) will it be before we see something approaching an Argentinian collapse that leads to bank closures and the amazing disappearing savings accounts? And if this is a reasonable expectation, what can anyone do to “prepare” for such a widepsread catastrophe? The even odder question is if you are like me, and thus in favor of the abolition of money as the organizing institution of daily life, how do we promote awareness and self-organization to cope with this “other” way of abolishing the money system, i.e. by internal contradiction and collapse?

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