Fact is, I am supposed to be nominating some. The schematic is that I go off and explain how what someone is doing is very bad, that Spinoza would not be happy or something, and that they are barbarians, therefore.
I haven’t managed to partly because I am in the US, the happy home of the current crop of Ultimate Barbarians, and the barbarity seems, well, just like folks. Far too many people are still horribly fat, but that is hardly the barbarity. The main barbarity is that all the barbarities are so well documented, so everyday, so painfully obvious, I don’t think I can write about them in this forum in a useful way right now.
So I will quote Iain Banks, whose latest I just finished, and who has summed up how I have felt for the past year or two:
He wanted peace and love and all that shit for the whole fucking world and you’d imagine that sort of stuff would be fairly near the top of everybody’s wish list, but it was all going in the other direction, descending into madness and barbarism, reverting to a mind-numbing, morality-sapping set of cruel, mutually intolerant superstitions and authoritarianisms. Stupidity and viciousness were rewarded, illegality not just tolerated but encouraged, lying profoundly worked, and torture was justified — even lauded. meanwhile the whole world was warming up, ready to drown.
But in reality, just as when a falling stock makes you reach some sort of maximum pain threshold and you decide to sell it, marking its bottom, I am actually fairly sure that the current nadir has signs of hope.
Early doors, but the right party, and the only presidential candidate with some feeling and understanding for how the US is perceived abroad, is looking more and more like a winner in 2008.
The enemy is in the process of being flushed out.
And I have had useful discussions with people here who really do seem to understand what has happened. Or at least nodded when I ranted insanely at them. No link, I was drinking scotch with my brother.