Helloooo, I'm baaaack! I was away in California, attending two conventions and a couple weeks of studio work (putting down all the guitar-tracks for the remake of "Firestorm"), where I caught a nasty cold that wiped out my upper vocal range, so it'll be awhile before I go back to cut the vocal tracks. After that, I spent nearly a week catching up on the backlogged email. So anyway, I'm back.
And quite a bit has happened while I was gone.
First off, there's the govt. workers' revolt in Wisconsin. Heheheheh. There's nothing like a good noisy strike to separate the sheep from the goats -- or, in this case, the Conservatives from the Libertarians.
Note that troglodyte-Conservatives, who howl that govt. workers shouldn't have unions at all, always seem to think that govt. workers are only clerks and schoolteachers; they don't seem to think about cops, firemen, sewer-workers, garbage-men, bus-drivers, janitors, or other blue-collar types. That's why so many of them (including Gov. Walker himself) were so dismayed and amazed when the Gov. ordered the local cops to haul union demonstrators out of the civic square, and the cops instead joined the protesters. Of course, the Conservatives always howl that Unions Are Evil -- "outdated", "unnecessary", "corrupt", "invented by Lenin", etc. -- with a blithe disregard for facts or history. It's also amusing to note that Conservatives -- after years of howling about how distant the govt. has grown from the people -- are willing to turn around and claim that govt. workers shouldn't have unions or strike against the govt. because the govt. is us. Their real complaint is all too obvious; most of them are bosses, and unions put a check on bosses' power (and, of course, cut into their income).
Libertarians, on the other hand, bother to do their homework and look at the facts -- such as the fact that unions existed in the Middle Ages (when they were called "guilds"), in ancient Rome, in ancient Egypt, and in fact just about everywhere in the western world where the rich and powerful lorded it totally over the poor and (otherwise) powerless. Libertarians will also point out that freedom includes freedom of association, and that it's perfectly natural for people with similar problems and similar goals to organize into groups in order to further their own goals: sewer-workers no different from the AMA, and factory-hands no different from the GOP. They'll also note that societies with lots of unions tend to have better economic, educational and political systems than countries where unions are illegal and persecuted. They'll also note that the labor union (and the consumers' union) -- not the govt. -- is the naturally-evolved check and balance on the boss, whether company or corporation.
As a result, I think we'll be seeing a serious split in America's political Right over the Wisconsin strike.