OK Kids… Time to Wake Up!

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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12 Responses to OK Kids… Time to Wake Up!

  1. No!!!! There is nothing unique about the US of A. It’s just another piece of land populated with just ordinary people … nothing more, like all others BUT … with one exception. It’s people have been “brain washed” into BELIEVING that it is the greatest nation on earth. BUT isn’t that the propaganda that is always dished out, in all the past empires and other civilizations.

    Get it, ain’t. I once thought you were a great site, but this one I felt did you a great disservice.

    Jack Waddington
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    • F'laine Anderson says:

      Aww, Jack, c’mon. You know that kC knows that! Do you suppose he might just possibly have recently escaped a FAAARR too lengthy absence from the Siberian pine and birch woods due to social entrapment in the US of A and is now detoxing from the culture shock of it all?

      • Disaffected says:

        Some people have all the luck – right? I always imagined myself wandering aimlessly in some perpetually cloudy and dank north-woods pine environment, and here I am closing in on 60 living in the heart of the desert SW in a god-forsaken white man’s nuclear Armageddon wet dream. We are all SO fucked!

        • Disaffected says:

          Might add – lost as I EVER was. So much for the idea that we necessarily grow wiser as we grow older.

          Don’t know if I’ve shared this one previously, but here’s my ideal matriarchal archetype spinning her web way back in 2010 again:

    • Flaine Anderson says:

      Yeah, I hear ya, DA. I’m back in the Silicon Valley, but my heart still roams those dank and misty woodlands too. Not sure about the nuke thingie anmore. If I weren’t so damned set against participating in that cursed false aura of legitimacy they call elections, I’ d probly hike my fanny down to the voting booth come Nov and mark “Trump”. Out of all the candidates that have run for prez in my my lifetime, I judge him the “Most Likely to Succeed” in unleashing a nuclear conflagration on the world. And that, my dear sir, might just be the big kick in the ass that civilization needs.

  2. FIDO says:

    This is a great article and one that sounds the alarm bells. Like JHK, you have it down pat. The system is soo bad that no good can come from it. We have the worst of the worst at the precise time we need the very best leadership possible. Our nation is going down as well as everything else too.

  3. Flaine Anderson says:

    Hey, hey, hey! Glad tidings in my inbox. Great to read your blog again, Sandy. And I’ve surely missed all the comments from this very cool community!
    PS: I’m signing off everywhere now with the nom de plum/nom de guerre/avatar that DA bequeathed me with. But y’all will surely recognize me, under any name, by my battle cry:
    God damn civilization

    • Disaffected says:

      Better get that selling right F’Laine/F’Lainey!

      • Disaffected says:

        Of course that was meant to be spelling with a p, but you knew that. And here’s to your battle cry – GOD DAMN CIVILIZATION!

      • Flaine Anderson says:

        I’m claiming that as my nom de plume AND my nom de guerre! Much obliged for the christening. Sorry about the edt on tbe spelling :/ . Just couldnt resist tinkering with the visual impact.

  4. FIDO says:

    As I have predicted, the age of contraction is upon is and we are the canaries in the coal mines. We as the generation that has benefited from the last flowering of the industrial age will not enjoy the coming crash. What does the game mean ? What if anything can we do to prepare for the future? The crash is coming and nobody wants to deal with it.

    • Disaffected says:

      Epic crashes like we’re facing now our mostly unpredictable before the fact, even as they’re entirely predictable afterward. But hey! That’s the human condition, and apparently we enjoy these little dramas every few generations or so.

      On the plus side, we’re getting better at predicting them before hand. On the down side, they’re no less painful for the participants than they ever were.

      I think it has something to do with exalting some of us over others based on material wealth, or something like that.

      Go figure!

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