03 July 2007

Blacking out from happiness!


It's so good to live in these times of economic growth, with the shopping malls full of light, and people buying around tirelessly, and the factories bustling, producing goods for the anxious consumers and for the whole world! Now, every time the power goes out, you know it's a good sign — it's just growth pains!

Or would you like to live in a country that always has energy to spare? As they say, only the mediocre are always at their best. The fact that we're having problems (which we are not) is a sign that we're doing better each day!

Now if you think otherwise, you most surely must be a neoliberal right-wing nut bent on the destruction of everything that's good about Argentina, from Sunday asados to good ol' friends' capitalism, or a poor unthinking sod deceived by the diabolic cunning of the neoliberal right-wing nuts. You're still welcome to build the country that the sensible people truly want, with us, the good guys — in fact, you're welcome to become one of us, if you have some voters that we could use.

In any case, there's something you can do to help you through the dark hours..., which means a lot of time, since you'll be often living one of those painfully glorious growth spurts when the power goes out because the power plants cannot produce, or the grid cannot handle, the tremendous amount of electricity needed to run Argentina ever-increasing productive beatitude. Just use this mantra:

There's no energy crisis... There's no energy crisis... There's no energy crisis...


Repeat ad infinitum, and you'll see the light. Eventually.

(BEST IF USED BEFORE OCTOBER 2007)

3 comments:

  1. Blogging by candlelight?

    Keep in mind that I would prefer you use the term liberty-out to black-out.

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  2. Kirchnerspeak rules! I won’t be holding my breath expecting logic from this administration (I might have a blackout too if I tried that).

    Not to worry. After Cristina’s administration raises energy rates after the election, the utility companies will disconnect their loyal customers for non-payment, and all will be solved.

    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” – George Orwell

    John

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  3. >>>“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” – George Orwell, who is arguably a racist.

    Still the word "Orwellian" has seeped into our vocabulary, is accepted to mean a particular way of promulgating falsehoods, and I as such I liberally apply it to Chilean politics as well.

    But John, please don't go and mistake anything Orwell says about language as *authoritative*, it's not.

    Even Chomsky, who I think would side with Orwell politically, has noted that the man's linguistics are totally bunk. The "newspeak" of 1984 is a scientifically impossible way to control the minds of man. Yes, governments can and do create Orwellian narratives, and yes that does affect policy, but language simply can't be imposed as a form of thought control. The human brain is infinitely, linguistically creative. That's science.

    Orwellian narratives can corrupt a lot of things, such as good faith in a government that attempts to tell people who make 3 dollars a day that they are not poor.

    The lower class is indeed subjugated by this and many other instances of official lies, which in many cases come on the back of physical and psychological torture. And yes, expression is difficult if the governing class ensures you have no education.

    But scientifically speaking, words cannot corrupt thought, because thought is not linguistic.

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