Everything is just fine here, but instead of spending 5 days a week intermingling with hundreds of teenagers I find myself in front of a screen trying to pretend I’m actually teaching; instead of my time writing for Rational Urbanism being a quiet release of tension it puts me on a small screen again. Typing.
I will make a decision by the end of June regarding the future of this website and blog. I have two essays in differing stages of development. One called “Whiplash” discusses how many of the things spawned by our current circumstances may indeed be giving us clues as to our future, but in some cases the future may slingshot us 180 degrees in the opposite direction, energy prices being the most obvious example, but many, many assumptions being made right now could be very, very wrong.
The other is called “No True —–man” and it’s a screed against our individual inability to check our own ideologies. As a lefty I am fully aware, for example, that the less than ideal qualities and characteristics of the Soviet Empire are not an advertisement for socialism and I can admit that the fact that Warsaw Pact nations didn’t seem to embody the ideals that Marx, Engels, and Trotsky, and on on and on, could, in fact, be an indication that at its core the “from each according to ability, to each according to need” ethos won’t work, however beautiful a theoretical model it might seem. The refusal of: urbanists, Austrian economists, Keynesians, Environmentalists, and on and on and on to learn the same lessons from their obvious failures is stunning to me, if not surprising.
Stay tuned…for a little while at least.