Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cheney is not Eichmann

I have seen some people on the Internets comparing Dick Cheney to Adolf Eichmann, the notorious “architect of the Holocaust” and of whom Hannah Arendt was referring when she famously described the “banality of evil.” Yet Eichmann was no mastermind. He was selected, groomed, promoted, and empowered by a bureaucracy that had already committed itself to the extermination of the Jews. He was an artifact of the bureaucracy. If you want a modern parallel to Eichmann, then John Brennan, the Director of the CIA, is probably a better choice. Continue reading

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Strange Fruit, post Ferguson (a poem)

Adapted from the Billie Holiday song to fit modern events…

American towns bear a strange fruit
Blood on the eaves and blood from pursuit
Black bodies still in the afternoon breeze
Strange fruit lying on the ground indeed

An urban scene or rural house
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
The scent of gunfire bitter and fresh
Then the sudden smell of fear and death

There is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for The Man to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

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