It's a beautiful, clear fall day....
.... just as it was eleven years ago, on September 11.
I'm not much for the forced emotion evoked by the collective rituals of the market state any more ("I'll never forget it; I remember right where I was; I was my apartment in Philly, and I turned on the TV and saw a tower, burning...."). And, however much I regret, on a personal level, the pain of friends who lost friends, and the wound to a great world city, Manhattan, I'm not much for compliance with the forced emotions evoked by our security apparatus, either, or for treating a perfectly predictable (and predicted) episode of imperial blowback as if it were the Battle of the Somme.*
So I'll just post this extract from a letter in my email. Guess who it's from?
On this 9/11 anniversary, we remember those who were killed or harmed in the terrorist attacks eleven years ago. We thank our brave troops serving in harm’s way. And we reaffirm our faith and commitment to an open and free democracy that will never be bowed by terrorism.
The lasting lesson of 9/11 is that good does triumph over evil and that the courageous spirit of America will always prevail.
Of course, our "open and free democracy" has been systematically betrayed and destroyed on a thoroughly bipartisan basis, and Obama's been worse than Bush, because he normalized everything (to silence or cheers by much of "the left," too).
So the letter is bullshit; recursive bullshit, too, because of you accept any of its assumptions you end up down the rabbit hole and trapped in the very state of affairs -- "open and free democracy" -- that's at the heart of the mail's Big Lie.
So who's it from? Cynthia Dill, the Democrat running in my state. The letter is no more and no less banal than the letter every other legacy party functionary is blasting out today, no doubt; which is either terrifying or exhilirating, depending. (Monocultures collapse, an exhilirating process if you can ride the avalanche successfully.)
NOTE * And that's before we get to whether "our" government was in any way complicit in the attacks. And here there is a terrible tangle of discourse and memory. For example, I "remember" that the Bin Ladens were flown out of the country while every other flight was grounded. But no, that is not true. Where even to begin?