I'm staying away from the radio and TV today. If I'm to actually remember September 11, 2001 on the 10th anniversary of its shock & horror, then I propose to actually do that and not have it "remembered" for me by fancy images, editing, and tear-jerking stories of the remembrances of others.
I know very well were I was, precisely what I was doing, and who called to tell me to turn on the TV only minutes before the second plane went in -- making all too obvious the nature of the horror that was taking place. And if that wasn't outrageous and awful enough, there was that brief respite where you imagine that the worst is over or almost over, that they'll eventually get the fires out...only to have things get unimaginably far worse and terrible in a hurry.
You want to know what I remember, what outrages me, and what I mourn above all else? It's the juxtaposition of the whole deal: 14th century, dirt scratching savages using the technology of science, freedom and industry to take out a symbol of what makes that technology, freedom and industry all go round: the free trade of value for value.
September 11, 2001 serves as a bitter reminder to me that America wasn't free before, and is less and less free each day I count since. Moreover, when the vandalism of symbols representing the freedom to produce and trade the fruits of your labor on terms of your own choosing is met almost exclusively by cheerleading for masters and their troops, I fear all is lost.
Then there's these, too:
- Videos of America's "Finest"
- And they love their Tasers
- TSA Abuse
- Wrongful Convictions
- Death Row Exonerations
- Prosecutorial Misconduct
- Asset Forfeiture
- Eminent Domain
- Raw Milk Raids
- Lemonade Criminals
So you'll excuse me if I'm not all weepy, hauling out the good 'ole "Red, White and Blue." I'm an asshole in that way. And while I certainly do mourn the entire tragedy and those who lost lives and loved ones in it, I morn far more the quotidian loss of freedom and livelihood you'll find as close to home as the local lemonade stand and in the rest of those links above.
And then there's this great and comprehensive post by the folks over at "The Primal Challenge." They've titled the post CHICAGO OUTRAGE: Switch from real strawberries to corn syrup, or get shut down, but in actuality, it covers far more than that in terms of the latest war being conducted on peaceful and productive American people by their masters and domestic troops: The War on Real Food.
You should go over and read the whole thing. Discussion in comments is welcome, and if you're bold enough, Tweets, Likes and submissions are certainly welcome and might get some of the celebrants to think a little deeper, today.
There's plenty of dead to mourn today, I agree. But let's also carve out a place to mourn the virtual death of freedom, self-determination and small trade.