February 15, 2007
Malt Does More than Milton Can
damit somebody dieys an it taks me threee momfnths to thigikn of anythign tyo sdya aobut5 it.
soma my reddars hasve gotan morton freidman who diyed conafused with teh econamist morgem freemand who wasin all teh movys. but hes difrant i thikn.
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But shouldn't you first say something witty about the demise of J. Maynard Keynes? Or at least Thorsten Veblen, if you only care about Americans.
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By the weigh don't cell you're self short, it did'nt take you any three mouthfuls to make your point about substince abuse. Weather in the form of Malt (ie. beer) or 'Miltown' (pills), the hazzards are the same.
But I notice a rather worrisome symptom in your comments section. Software Dude is, I believe, the second commenter (so far) to slide into the near-aphasic idiolect you've been practicing so successfully. I don't suppose it's on account on its attractive virtues; to any sane person, it's repulsively cumbersome when it's not bizarre. Yet it somehow ensnares increasing masses with its inexplicable appeal. That rather reminds me of an ominous warning I read some time ago:
Already the schools have been invaded by the (conjectural) "primitive language" of Tlön; already the teaching of its harmonious history (filled with moving episodes) has wiped out the one which governed in my childhood; already a fictitious past occupies in our memories the place of another, a past of which we know nothing with certainty - not even that it is false. [...]
Then English and French and mere Spanish will disappear from the globe. The world will be Tlön. I pay no attention to all this and go on revising, in the still days at the Adrogue hotel, an uncertain Quevedian translation (which I do not intend to publish) of Browne's Urn Burial.
J.L. Borges, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
But maybe you are, after all, a radical on the fringes of the society of control, and you do your best to undermine it -- by subverting its languistic prejudices and unreflective habits. You wouldn't be the first to think so.
S-Dude: I can't anselm your question, but maybe this guy can. They say he used to answer infidel libruls quite effectively.
"Beer, a respectable ship's beer, is the most virtuous hypnotic known to man."
It is not without a certain complacency that I note S. Maturin's seeming lack of acquaintance with Milton.