Every once in a while a discussion below the line on this site prompts an above the line post. This one came easy since it required no further work. The exchange is between Chet and me, apropos my post, Where’s my final Assange report?
The exchange speaks for itself. Forgive if you can my professorial stance. I’m really not trying to impart my superior wisdom. Rather, I’m taking the opportunity – as one for whom self doubt is a bi-weekly experience – to think out loud about what it is I’m doing. All writers seem to end up writing about writing, though the main culprits tend to be novelists. I’ve entertained for some time now the notion of an extended post on the challenges, aims and objectives of a polemical writer. This might be seen as laying down a marker.
[citing my reference to our rulers as] “… sociopaths, the criminally insane …”
Sociopaths, yes, but the criminally insane? If the latter, by mistake, the common folk might benefit, but those who rule are becoming obscenely wealthy.
Hi Chet. I’ve been using “the criminally insane” for years. As my blogging became more intensely political, reflecting my own journey of discovery, I wanted a term that expressed my understanding but unlike the more accurate “ruling class” – defined by monopoly ownership of something essential to wealth creation – had not become stale. I wanted to reach people through reasoned and evidence based content, yes, but also by fresh rather than hackneyed language. People are easily turned off by the latter.