Friday, May 6, 2016

Oligarchy and Demagogue

My potato patch is growing nicely. Therefore, I'm taking a short break.


NOUN - a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution

I remember back in 1969 when we went down to I-80 near the Art Building on the University of Iowa campus and laid down in the freeway to stop traffic. There were about 150 of us and we had let the newspapers know. There were enough of us that we weren't putting our lives in danger. Too much. Besides the cops showed up and they helped us stop traffic because they didn't want us to get squished by someone who wasn't paying attention. Then they told us to disperse or be arrested. We had made our point. We dispersed. People and police didn't panic in Iowa as much as other places.

We wanted people to notice how we felt about people being killed in Viet Nam. We didn't like it because we felt the reasons why they were being put in harm's way were flimsy reasons at best. There's something about masses of people shouting out all at once that finally gets the attention of the law and policy makers. If people don't organize and shout all at once there is a tendency for a small group of people to take control.

It's human nature. Or maybe it's nurture. Families aren't democracies. Maybe we're just living out the grown-up version of what we learned as children. Ya think? Maybe that's the trouble.

Here's why I feel there is hope for the human race. Things aren't as bad for children as they used to be. It's all about education. There's more of it and we want better. Everybody is always clamoring for it. And thinking up ways to improve it. Yes, one step forward, two steps back, three steps forward and so forth. The change is taking place at a glacial rate. It seems that things are not getting any better but, trust me, they are. Hey, we've now had a black President. Now maybe we'll elect a woman. Don't get me wrong. I love old white men. I live with one. But let's share the responsibility and the power. Hey, old white men! Don't you want a vacation?


The situation we find ourselves in with the person who is winning the Republican nomination is just part of the Old Way that will not die easily.

NOUN - a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument

It's OK. It certainly doesn't seem that way but it is.

The way of Old White Men Exclusively is slowly giving way to a new way that includes everyone. Those of you who are dismayed and losing heart. Don't. Just know that through your efforts change is going to come and even if you aren't here to see it, it will come. Just keep going. And while you're at it. Celebrate. Death will come soon enough.

Yoga stah, kuru karmani

Established in Being, perform action. (Chapter 2, verse 48, The Bhagavad Gita)


  1. Why oh why does no one like John Kasich? If everyone who hated The D and TC voted for John, well, that would be something. At least John could actually get things done up there in Washington. Just MHO. Do you think Bernie is part of 'The old white men"? He IS old and white, but is he part of the problem? Since we are moving to a different state, I just may not get my information transferred in time to actually vote up there. Is that a cop-out? You bet. What a mess.

    1. We really liked John Kasich. I have no idea why he wasn't more popular. I wouldn't even venture to guess. He was one of the intelligent ones. Well, Bernie fits the look of "old white men" but he sure does not fit the persona! I thought TC was slimey. It is a mess for sure.