Quotable (#197)

This interesting interview with Michael Glennon on “double government” concludes with one of the most confused self-abolishing meanderings ever to see print:

The ultimate problem is the pervasive political ignorance on the part of the American people. And indifference to the threat that is emerging from these concealed institutions. That is where the energy for reform has to come from: the American people. Not from government. Government is very much the problem here. The people have to take the bull by the horns. And that’s a very difficult thing to do, because the ignorance is in many ways rational. There is very little profit to be had in learning about, and being active about, problems that you can’t affect, policies that you can’t change.

The utter nothingness of that paragraph says something important in itself. Roughly: Sadly, the kind of things that need to happen can’t possibly happen, which doesn’t suggest the problem is being taken very seriously. All that’s needed is for people to wake up simply doesn’t cut it, when — at the very same time — you know beyond all serious question that they won’t.

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