Back to week in. Sorta. Today is a double holy day, being both Martin Luther King day and Robert Edward Lee day, the one federal, the other state. As is normal with such overloads, the import of the holyness is diluted and so almost everyone except those mandated to observe the holy day do not. In actuality that means government folks and those who work with them. And, of course, all those who depend on government services and support are cast adrift today.
The doubleness is still worthy of some consideration. In many ways it embodies the differences between the nation and the state. Alibam is one of the bastions of a cancerous, crumbling political party (one of two such) that is increasingly irrelevant and performing insane feats to try to retain power. The nation is largely controlled by the other.
The podcast this morning was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas”, some sort of honorary lecture on the woes and ills of multiculturalism. I quickly discovered that multiculturalism is a synonym for race in the sense of the artificial taxonomy imposed by government to permit better control of the citizenry. That view was upheld by the lecture.
But what I learned from the lecture was that taxonomy, at least in a political and/or social environment, is itself a source of evil. The problem is that no taxonomy can be accurate without having at least as many taxonomic states as people. The evil is that by developing superficially attractive but resolution inaccurate taxonomies, misrepresentation and disenfranchisement, tyranny and oligarchy even, are imposed on democracy.
This, in a nutshell, is the problem in Amerika. The taxonomy of repulsian/democrud states is woefully inadequate. It does not represent most of the people.
When I first learned of the King holy day I was aghast. I could not understand what the man had done that made him worthy of such honor. Surely this was nothing more than a political sop to multiculturalism? And then I considered the Lee holy day and I saw that holy days are not about our negatives but our positives, and seen in that light, both are worthy. And fit companions for the day.
So I am happy to observe this day honoring both men while hoping that someday soon some worthy will arise who ends the tyranny of our current partisan taxonomy.