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PROJECT! [Jun. 2nd, 2009|08:26 pm]
The American Caliban
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I want to write a self help book.

And it will be for america's ruling upper middle class.

And it will be called:


[User Picture]From: createdestiny
2009-06-03 03:39 am (UTC)
Good idea!
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-06-03 03:40 am (UTC)
It was more of a flailing grumpy moment, but a short book might be fun too.
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From: dreamyshade
2009-06-03 03:48 am (UTC)
i'll illustrate it
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[User Picture]From: llamech
2009-06-03 03:54 am (UTC)
Preording on Amazon in the hopes of receiving the limited-edition first-hundred-orders-only slice of cake for eating and/or health care barter.
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[User Picture]From: srl
2009-06-03 03:58 am (UTC)

with this title, I expect a guide to auto-decapitation. i wonder if that would pass Amazon's censorship policy.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2009-06-03 04:01 am (UTC)
With luck they'd think it was a Lewis Carroll reference only and file it under Children's.
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[User Picture]From: wanderingaengus
2009-06-03 05:09 am (UTC)
I thought the idea would be for them to be more like Marie Antoinette: "Help build a better America and a better world by decapitating yourself."
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[User Picture]From: rpkrajewski
2009-06-03 05:14 am (UTC)
Will it involve work, or a moment's thought ?
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[User Picture]From: caladri
2009-06-03 05:44 am (UTC)
Why don't the poor just get jobs that pay better? I guess they'd rather smoke crack and live off my tax money than ask someone for a position on an advisory board making a quarter million a year so they could live a proper middle class life.
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From: dreamyshade
2009-06-03 05:53 am (UTC)
"'It was a hard reality at first,' he says. 'I used to see unemployed people and think they were lazy, that it was all on them. Now it's happened to me.'" — Former Wall Street Employees Forced to Accept Low-Wage Work, Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2009
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[User Picture]From: capn_jil
2009-06-03 05:51 am (UTC)
see i think "yeah" and hten i think "man i should probably start by capping myself".
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2009-06-03 02:15 pm (UTC)
I would pimp this book.
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[User Picture]From: taskboy3000
2009-06-03 07:27 pm (UTC)

Too subtle

Frankly, books are too subtle at this point. It's long past meat hook time. The good news? Only a few hundred corporate tools hung up in various public squares should do the trick to restoring decency in America.
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2009-06-07 01:39 pm (UTC)

Mary Twont

My brain has just transmitted a superior idea! It is: A book for children of rich parents, basically bundling in one place a thousand things to badger their parents about– a sort of applied-Marxism fakebook.

"And you KNOW that this HOUSE is built with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT labor, and that lowered its price but not its value, which makes you an economic THIEF who then turns around and invests money into DOW and MACDONALDS and all these corporations which means you're LOANING them the money they need so they can keep KILLING OUR SOULS and WRECKING the planet, which WE will have to clean up the mess once you're all DEAD and then YOU— YOU!?— wonder why I'm not 'responsible' about using the MasterCard to buy those three plasmascreens on Friday? YOU spent EIGHTY grand last year redoing the kitchen so it looks like an icy HI-TECH MORGUE and speaking of which, your 'ORGANIC' porkchop, in Fridge Pod 7 there, is still 'farmed' under conditions which..."

See, it just writes itself. Or just transcribe KPFK or something; or look at Adbusters and look at the absolute bitterest stuff, and email the authors and ask if they want to contribute to a volume about "Hey, if you were a kid who whose parents..."

Fun demi-fact: I dimly remember it being said that Dow Chemical slowly ended up relenting on at least some of their more horrid deeds because every damned Thanksgiving/Ixmas when their VPs would go back home, their younger relatives would treat them, in the many possibly ways, as if their job at Dow were a job buying black market babies and harvesting them for their marrow.

So I say, there's is a wide-open book market there.

If I recall right, Ayn Rand tried a variant on that: a whole thing about basically "you owe NOTHING to anyone!!" (i.e., be on the make, 24/7, even, or at least, among family). But that one grand idea of hers got buried under even grander ones– as far as I know. I'm not going to read her crap to find out! But millions have, and that means they crave something– so give it to them!

And at least a chapter in this could be about how the Baby Boomers pat themselves on the back about being socially progressive but in reality this means that they switched "negro" to "African-American"; and that they are "cool with gay people" [forced smile], but which never let that have the slightest effect on how they vote, much less raised their kids; or that religious baby boomers aren't feeding the poor and demanding pacifism from the government, but instead are giddily complicit with every Jesus-engorged effort to keep the US a massive hamfisted military empire that opposes every whisp of civil liberties, even at home, all in the name of Southern Baptist hegemony...

Like I say, it writes itself.

Maybe call it "The Lamest Generations", or "The Generations of Failure"– and run with it; and use the Antoinette thing, at the very least, as a chapter title.

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[User Picture]From: ayeung
2009-06-07 03:05 pm (UTC)

I like it.

I am happy with the book title. If you need a few words written, I'd be happy to contribute.

Too long since I've spoken to you. I hope you are doing well as you can.

btw, good luck on your car. :-\
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