KURT ANDERSEN ~ FANTASYLAND ~ 2017

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

~ BI-AAA-CFTOFFWSTB-WCO-F-A-‘F’-TBTU ~ Believers In – Anything And Everything – Can Find Thousands Of Fellow Fantasists Who Share Their Beliefs – With Collages Of – Facts – And – “Facts” – To Back Them Up

~ BTI-C-WMI-A-SHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBOAAOTAATW-JLAN ~ Before The Internet – Crackpots – Were Mostly Isolated – And – Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions Are All Over The Airwaves And The Web

~ NATFLR-RAF-A-WAD-BAC ~ Now All The Fantasies Look Real – Reality And Fantasy – Are – Weirdly And Dangerously – Blurred And Commingled

~ CE-S-GSEATAOMOETPAW ~ Conspiracies Exist – Sometimes – Groups Secretly Execute Agendas To Achieve Or Maintain Or Expand Their Power And Wealth

~ CEOTW-TT-CASOD-RAI-DLTIIADAPE-ITGGPO-RAH ~ Conspiratorial Explanations Of The World – Tend To – Connect All Sort Of Dots – Real And Imaginary – Drawing Lines To Impute Intention And Design And Purpose Everywhere – Ignoring The Generally Greater Power Of – Randomness And Happenstance

~ T-19502-W-FAF-ATO-WH-W-TV-NAN-HMP-SMT-C-TAA-A-NISA-CQ-HS ~ The – 1950s – Were – Freaky And Fantastic – A Third Of – Waking Hours – Watching – TV – Nowhere And Never – Had More People – Spent More Time – Consuming – Fictions And Advertising – And – Never In Such A – Continuous Quasi-Hypnotic State

~ DU-WBPOT-FT ~ Drug Use – Would Become Part Of The – Fantasyland Transformation

~ I-TAOA-MB-B-B-C ~ In – The Age Of Aquarius – Make-Believe – Became – Blue-Chip

~ NSHBAOI-B-LFO-TEL-A-TPR-HBWDUOTST-TFT-OA-DFT-TA ~ Neither Side Has Been Aware Of It – But – Large Factions Of – The Elite Left – And – The Populist Right – Have Been Wearing Different Uniforms On The Same Team – The Fantasyland Team – Operating As – De Facto Tag-Team Allies

~ S-CFF-P-COF-T-EF ~ Self-Conscious Fan Fiction – Permitted – Consumers Of Fiction – To – Enter Fictions

~ G-DTJT-F-IC-B-O-L ~ Government – Decided To Join The – Fantasy-Industrial Complex – By – Operating – Lotteries

~ TP-EB-1965-W-S-BFLC-ICBL-‘R-A-ML-EF ~ The Pill – Everywhere By 1965 – When – Sex Became Far Less Consequential – It Could Become Less – “Real” – And More Like – Exciting Fiction

~ CS-AN-F-0-PY-KI ~ Cosmetic Surgery – A New – Fantasy – Of – Permanent Youthfulness – Kicked In

~ OIC ~ Our Inner Child

~ R-TITNIAMCOTTAE-BEI-A ~ Relativism – The Idea That Nothing Is Any More Correct Or True Than Anything Else – Became Entrenched In – Academia

~ AT-1960-TWR-A-CBETV-A-ILA-AEWPTBODWTW-TDBOAFWCOMF ~ After The – 1960s – Truth Was Relative – And – Criticizing Became Equal To Victimizing – And – Individual Liberty Absolute – And – Everyone Was Permitted To Believe Or Disbelieve Whatever They Wished – The Distinction Between Opinion And Fact Was Crumbling On Many Fronts

~ TNUI ~ The New UltraIndividualism

~ BI-GSC-T-RFTHITTI-AMF-TCP-T-TM ~ Belief In – Gigantic Secret Conspiracies – Thrived – Ranging From The Highly Improbable To The Impossible – And – Moved From – The Crackpot Periphery – To – The Mainstream

~ CWSU ~ Casinos Were Suddenly Ubiquitous

~ C-ONMS ~ Celebrity-Obsessed News Media Sprawled

~ FTVEC-MMRLMFP-RTCAITNOT-STWP-B-MWPWWABOF ~ Feeding This Vastly Expanded Celebrity-Media Maw Required Lots More Famous People – Reality Television Came Along In The Nick Of Time – Sometimes There Were Prizes – But – Mainly What People Won Was A Bit Of Fame

~ RT-H-R-ITN-B-FTB-RSCO-H-CS-CC-AINSS-A-D-P ~ Reality Television – Has – Reality – In The Name – But – From The Beginning – Reality Shows Consisted Of – High-Concept Stunts – Carefully Cast – Authored If Not Strictly Scripted – And – Definitely – Performed

~ T-O-MT-P-I-C-BA-TG-ATA-IS-CEIOSCTUT-TB-CABUA-SB ~ Transforming – Ordinary – Mostly Talentless – People – Into – Celebrities – Became A – Television Genre – And Then An – Industrial Sector – Canny Executives In Other Sectors Came To Understand That – Their Businesses – Could Also Be Understood As – Show Businesses

~ LARP-TO-APTBCAOSITRW-SFDAAT ~ Live Action Role-Playing – Took Off – Allowing People To Become Characters Acting Out Stories In The Real World – Sometimes For Days At A Time

~ FY:K’R’US ~ Forever Young: Kids “R” Us Syndrome

~ PHOT;IWA-TV-S ~ Politics Happened On Television; It Was A – TV – Series

~ ATI ~ And The Internet

~ BTW-CIAOF-CNSNAFOW-SIWMEF-RAR-TP ~ Before The Web – Cockamamie Ideas And Outright Falsehoods – Could Not Spread Nearly As Fast Or Widely – So It Was Much Easier For – Reason And Reasonableness – To Prevail

~ ITDA-ETAFAPARO-F-SHAUWT-IARUAMB-ATRM ~ In The Digital Age – Every Tribe And Fiefdom And Principality And Region Of – Fantasyland – Suddenly Had An Unprecedented Way To – Instruct And Rile Up And Mobilize Believers – And To Recruit More

~ OTI-TPGTA-FAOBOT-DEOTPOBOIS-ECOAL-IEAVPTVOTTTTTOTP ~ On The Internet – The Prominence Granted To Any – Factual Assertion Or Belief Or Theory – Depends Entirely On The Preferences Of Billions Of Individual Searchers – Each Click On A Link – Is Effectively A Vote Pushing That Version Of The Truth Toward The Top Of The Pile

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others

~ BTW-IRWETFOSA-FOCITWCPIOAT ~ Before The Web – It Really Wasn’t Easy To Find Or Stumble Across – False Or Crazy Information That Was Convincingly Passing Itself Off As True

~ P-IIS-IW-AAC-WDMB-EOODD-H-TFAA-I-C-BS-S-A-B-B-T-GAG-AMT-K-TWH-OOOM ~ Pre-Internet Information Systems – In Which – Accuracy And Credibility – Were Determined Mainly By – Experts Or Otherwise Designated Deciders – Had – Terrible Flaws And Annoyances – Including – Complacency– Blind Spots – Snobbishness – And – Bigotry – But – Those – Gates And Gatekeepers – Also Managed To – Keep – The Worst Hogwash – Out Of Our Mainstream

~ AG-UIPMPOBML ~ Anything Goes – Unless It Picks My Pocket Or Breaks My Leg

~ T-SMOON-A-SSMLTN-IDU-RI-MAM-ILOW-T-H-ST-POPABOL ~ That – So Many Of Our Neighbors – Are – Saying So Many Loony Things Now – Is Doing Us – Real Injury – More And More – In Lots Of Ways – Fantasyland – Has – Started To – Pick Our Pockets And Break Our Legs

~ ANOC ~ A Natural OmniConspiracist

~ T-S-S-EO-AC-MIT-I-TEADT-RRO-AT-FN-O-T-OS ~ The – Sudden – Shocking – Exposure Of – Actual Conspiracies – Make It Harder – Ironically – To Expose And Dismantle The – Rare Real Ones – All The – Fantastical Noise – Obscures – The – Occasional Signal

~ IF-IHFPTK-WAWTDLOIL ~ In Fantasyland – It’s Hard For People To Know – Where And When To Draw Lines Or Impose Limits

~ T-GD-HCP-B-TWT-WW-RAHTBI-FAE-F-A-WDT-MG-A-C-ASMF-WSMTYRWOL-T-SP-D-OR-DA-OUVOMITETRHF ~ The – Great Depression – Had Chastened People – But – That Was Then – We Were – Ready And Hungry To Believe In – Financial And Economic – Fantasies – Again – We Decided That – Mardi Gras – And – Christmas – Are So Much Fun – We Should Make Them Year-Round Ways Of Life – The – Smart People – Decided – Old Rules – Didn’t Apply – One Undeniable Virtue Of Markets Is That Eventually They Reflect Hard Facts

~ UR-MOUWUOT-N-GCITKCAPFNS-EOTB-C-S-A-V ~ Until Recently – Most Of Us Were Unaware Of The – New – Global Cottage Industry That Knowingly Concocts And Publishes False News Stories – Each Optimized To Be – Clicked – Shared – And – Viralized

~ A-S-E-A ~ A – Stupendous – Exhibit – A

~ WNTA-AGP-YETYOOAYOF-B-NYOF-E-IYFFHP ~ We Need To Adopt – A Guiding Principle – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinions And Your Own Fantasies – But – Not Your Own Facts – Especially – If Your Fantastical Facts Hurt People

~ PF-WCH ~ Peak Fantasyland – We Can Hope

RENE GIRARD ~ GREAT HERO – COMMON CHRONOLOGY ~ THE SCAPEGOAT ~ 1989

~ O-T-R-H-P-J-A-D-A-Z-J-M-S-A-RH ~ Oedipus – Theseus – Romulus – Hercules – Perseus – Jason – Asclepius – Dionysus – Apollo – Zeus – Joseph – Moses – Sigurd – Arthur – Robin Hood

~ MIRV ~ Mother Is Royal Virgin

~ FIAK(OANROTM) ~ Father Is A King (Often A Near Relative Of The Mother)

~ COCAU ~ Circumstances Of Conception Are Unusual

~ RTBTSOAG ~ Reputed To Be The Son Of A God

~ AMTKHAB(UBTFOTOOTR) ~ Attempt Made To Kill Him At Birth (Usually By The Father Or The Overlord Of The Realm)

~ SFDBB ~ Saved From Death By Benefactor

~ BUBFP(UIAFC) ~ Brought Up By Foster-Parents (Usually In A Far Country)

~ NM(ON)IKOC ~ Not Much (Or Nothing) Is Know Of Childhood

~ ORMHROGTHFK ~ On Reaching Manhood He Returns Or Goes To His Future Kingdom

~ AAVOAK(A/OAGOM)~ Achieves A Victory Over A King (And/Or A Giant Or Monster)

~ MAP(OTDOHP) ~ Marries A Princess (Often The Daughter Of His Predecessor)

~ BK ~ Becomes King

~ ABUR ~ A Brief Uneventful Reign

~ LFWTGA/OHS ~ Loses Favour With The Gods And/Or His Subjects

~ DFTT ~ Driven From The Throne

~ MWAMD(OATTOAH) ~ Meets With A Mysterious Death (Often At The Top Of A Hill)

~ HC(IA)DNSH ~ His Children (If Any) Do Not Succeed Him

~ HBINB ~ His Body Is Not Buried

JOHN RALSTON SAUL ~ A FAIR COUNTRY ~ 2008

~ WP-IAEBO-TDITCSAA ~ Western Philosophy – Is Almost Entirely Based On – Theories Developed In Tiny Communities Such As Athens

~ WDHTBPOTCOOCWNHB-STS-C ~ We Don’t Have To Be Prisoners Of Theories Coming Out Of Countries Where Nature Has Been – So To Speak – Conquered

~ TIOACSFLAECFWAE-EC-TITCM ~ The Idea Of A Complex Society Functioning Like An Equally Complex Family Within An Ever-Enlarging Circle – That Is The Canadian Model

~ ODPCETEOFAIIWN-TWMOLAOWHTBD ~ Once Decent People Can Express The Elements Of Fairness As If It Were Normal – They Will More Or Less Agree On What Has To Be Done

~ HLCACSWADDE?-HIFWATTQ-COCOC ~ How Long Can A Country Survive With A Deeply Dysfunctional Elite? – History Is Filled With Answers To That Question – Countries Often Crumble Or Collapse

~ HCYCMITINCTATITFP? ~ How Can You Correct Mistakes If There Is No Capacity To Admit Them In The First Place?

~ FOPD-ICT-OEF ~ Fear Of Public Debate – Is Central To – Our Elite Failure

~ RIAFWU-TKTAYMCQT ~ Real Ideas Are Filled With Uncertainty – To Keep Them Alive You Must Constantly Question Them

~ Y-WNACAOM-BAAWN-O-B-RT ~ Yes – We Need A Certain Amount Of Managers – But Above All We Need – Owners – Builders – Risk Takers

~ ISOTIOUTERWHTOTLTD-NUPDOEIPBTEC-SU/DI:BOTASOD ~ In Spite Of The Importance Of Understanding The Economic Road We Have Taken Over The Last Three Decades – No Useful Public Debate On Economics Is Permitted By The Economics Community – Speaking Up / Debating Issues: Both Of These Are Signs Of Disloyalty

~ TAOACEIAA-CAD-IAIT-CAL-T-TPIOAFS-LIM-MIA ~ The Argument Of A Colonial Elite Is Always About – Control And Domination – It Always Insists That – Choices Are Limited – That – The Pie Is Of A Fixed Size – Less Is More – More Is Anarchy

~ IA-HS-M-IALCW-M-HI ~ In A – Healthy Society – More – Is A Larger Circle With – More – Happening Inside

~ RTN-WOTWSTAI-TET-TTACWA ~ Rectify The Names – Work On The Way Society Talks About Itself – To Ensure That – The Terms And Concepts Were Accurate

~ ACOF ~ A Circle Of Fairness

~ SST-WDTMTSPOTLFYAMALAHMC-TTCBSSTMCS ~ Studies Show That – Western Democracies That Maintained Their Social Programs Over The Last Twenty-Five Years Also Maintained A Large And Healthy Middle Class – Those That Cut Back Seriously Saw Their Middle Classes Shrink

~ A-GAI-AGDOAWIS-IIAPTTCWD-TOOTNMDTDTDOTLOTP-I-ICLTOOP ~ A – Guaranteed Annual Income – A Great Deal Of Administrative Waste Is Saved – It Is A Policy That Treats Citizens With Dignity – The Opposite Of The Nosey Managerial Desire To Dissect The Details Of The Life Of The Poor – Instead – It Can Lift Them Out Of Poverty

~ Y-TIANT-EMM-CEIPC ~ Yes – There Is A Need To – Encourage Much More – Citizen Engagement In Public Causes

~ ASCABU-SR-UDOO-DC ~ All Successful Civilizations Are Built Upon – Simple Realizations – Usually Dragged Out Of – Difficult Circumstances

ALAN JACOBS ~ THE PLEASURES OF READING IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION ~ 2011

~ RBCBIP ~ Reading Books Can Be Intensely Pleasurable

~ RIOOTGHD ~ Reading Is One Of The Great Human Delights

~ RAW ~ Read At Whim

~ AINTLTBTNLAA-FR ~ And It’s Never Too Late To Begin This New Life As A – Free Reader

~ IYT-U-TSWYFACF-IS-YMDASOWTA-F-I-BA-Y-C-CIPWT-DI-UAN ~ If You Turn – Upstream – To See Where Your Favorite Authors Came From – Intellectually Speaking – You May Discover All Sorts Of Works That Are – Fascinating – Illuminating – But Also – Yes – Challenging – Challenging Is Precisely What The – Downstream Imitators – Usually Are Not

~ AMNATRFAABAGPO? ~ And Might Not All This Reverence For Ancient Authors Be A Great Put-On?

~ TW-WILB-MDSB-TA-AIARR-WCATOB ~ Those Who – Write In Library Books – May Do So Because – They Are – Admirably Irrepressible And Responsive Readers – Who Can’t Afford Their Own Books

~ R-ISTBA-TEWOM-N-AOTRTTEASO-M ~ Reading – Is Supposed To Be About – The Encounter With Other Minds – Not – An Opportunity To Return To The Endlessly Appealing Subject Of – Me

~ IIWTL-BIMBSMWTRABOBYDWT-R-CYEAMOTLOMOTP-IOTIPWOYSBDTA ~ It Is Wrong To Lie – But It May Be Still More Wrong To Read A Bunch Of Books You Don’t Want To – Read – Cast Your Eyes Across Most Of The Lines On Most Of The Pages – In Order To Impress People Whose Opinion You Shouldn’t Be Deferring To Anyhow

~ MBBMBTFYRT ~ Many Books Become More Boring The Faster You Read Them

~ MOUTTCOITMOTBAZ-BCTPO-M ~ Many Of Us Try To Console Ourselves In The Midst Of The Blooming And Buzzing – By Claiming The Powers Of – Multitasking

~ NOA-M-I-WSADTAGATOOAAGT ~ No One Actually – Multitasks – Instead – We Shift Among Different Tasks And Give Attention To Only One At Any Given Time

~ TATMRIASO-‘CPA’ ~ The Attempt To Multitask Results In A State Of – “continuous Partial Attention”

~ TWBTAA-SM-TTBWATTO ~ Those Who Believe They Are A – Skilled Multitasker – Tend To Be Worse At It Than Others

~ EAHI-IH-WTSKOTC-TT-POL ~ Every Era Has Its – Intellectual Hucksters – Willing To Sell Knowledge On The Cheap – To The – Panicky Or Lazy

~ N-NOPOLP-WOIFRTSWCIISCAC-TAIDI-TDK ~ No – Novel Or Play Or Long Poem – Will Offer Its Full Rewards To Someone Who Consumes It In Small Chunks And Crumbs – The Attention It Demands Is – The Deep Kind

~ E-GI-EAITPOB-CAC-OMBAFBTT-P-C-S ~ Every – Good Idea – Ever Achieved Is The Product Of Both – Connection And Contemplation – Of Moving Back And Forth Between The Two – Predecessors – Colleagues – Solitude

~ N-OU-AHAAW-BWCAFOAAAAETWOITF-MOTI ~ Nonreaders – Outnumber Us – Always Have And Always Will – But We Can Always Find One Another And Are Always Eager To Welcome Others Into The Fold – May Our Tribe Increase

STEVE KEEN ~ CAN WE AVOID ANOTHER FINANCIAL CRISIS? ~ 2017

~ M-CBDDF-M ~ Macroeconomics – Cannot Be Derived Directly From – Microeconomics

~ TDTH-OPCBDEFLOSIACCIGST-‘E’~ The Discovery That Higher-Order Phenomena Cannot Be Directly Extrapolated From Lower-Order Systems Is A Commonplace Conclusion In Genuine Sciences Today – “Emergence”

~ TWPO-W-O-NBO-TPOI-H20-MT-BBO-IBLO(I)-H2O-M ~ The Wonderful Properties Of – Water – Occur – Not Because Of – The Properties Of Individual – H2O – Molecules Themselves – But Because Of – Interactions Between Lots Of (Identical) – H2O – Molecules

~ GFC ~ Global Financial Crisis

~ ACCBPOFAD-ITPSCBETCB ~ A Crisis Can Be Put Off For A Decade – If The Private Sector Can Be Enticed To Continue Borrowing

~ T-PS-R-TLOCWTTUB-A-MAPVO-TIWTBC ~ The – Political System – Rewards – The Lackey Of Credit Who Triggers The Unsustainable Boom – And – Makes A Political Victim Of – The Incumbent When The Boom Collapses

~ TGEHBSWALOPD-T-INOUSTEOTSWW-BAU-ITHOC ~ The Global Economy Has Been Saddled With A Level Of Private Debt – That – Is Not Only Unprecedented Since The End Of The Second World War – But Also Unprecedented – In The History Of Capitalism

~ WYMTOHWTGSM-WISMTIGBIT-TBTAOMIC-ATFPSA-TBTGSBBITLRIIFABT-GSATROMCSTPB-A-WASWAGJTDWTRITLFD ~ Whatever You Might Think Of How Well The Government Spends Money – When It Spends More Than It Gets Back In Taxation – This Boosts The Amount Of Money In Circulation – And That Finances Private Sector Activity – The Belief That Governments Should Be Balanced In The Long Run Is In Fact A Belief That – Governments Should Abdicate The Role Of Money Creation Solely To Private Banks – And – We’ve All Seen What A Great Job They’ve Done With That Responsibility In The Last Few Decades

~ D-Z-T-B ~ Debt-Zombies-To-Be

~ WDOD ~ Walking Dead Of Debt – Private Debt – Its Primary Cause

KARL POLANYI ~ THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION ~ 1944

~ C&M-ABOTAT-TDFMGITOIIHB ~ Capitalism And Marxism – Are Based On The Assumption That – The Desire For Material Gain Is The Overriding Instinct In Human Behaviour

~ ‘ED’-GUHPASHOEHQ-TCF-H-D-A-MR ~ “Economic Determinism” – Greatly Underestimates Human Potential And Strips Humans Of Essential Human Quality – The Capacity For – Honour – Decency – And – Moral Responsibility

~ ‘ED’-TBT-THOH-IGBLWAIOHWAA-ITMASIE ~ “Economic Determinism” – The Belief That – The History Of Humanity – Is Governed By Laws Which Are Independent Of Humanity’s Will And Action – Is The Most Absurd Superstition In Existence

~ Any – Economic System – That Does Not Consider – Social Costs – Is Not Giving A – Full Economic Accounting

~ ME-SNB-TFAFG-BR-TW-BOS ~ Market Efficiency – Should Not Be – The First And Foremost Goal – But Rather – The Well-Being Of Society

~ HAMNOTSTOPAMW-B-BATLI-S-C-A-J-C ~ Humans Are Motivated Not Only To Secure Their Own Physical And Material Well-Being – But Also – To Live In – Strong – Cohesive – And – Just – Communities

~ WA-MB-AWAB-PO ~ We Are – Moral Beings – As Well As Being – Physical Ones

~ OOP-INAAREAFS-BR-ACR-GBSAESR ~ Ownership Of Property – Is Not An Absolute Right Enjoyed Apart From Society – But Rather – A Conditional Right – Granted By Society And Entailing Social Responsibilities

~ ‘TM’-IAACSBOM-ML-DBAFTPCTTEOO-W-GTNIF-MG-TTEO-TEPNIF-S-P-A-S ~ “The Market” – Is An Artificially Constructed System Based On Man-Made Laws – Designed By And For The Propertied Classes To The Exclusion Of Others – Which – Glorifies The Natural Instinct For – Material Gain – To The Exclusion Of – The Equally Powerful Natural Instinct For – Self-Protection – And – Security

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ HENRY HOLT ~ 2018

~ YAL-Y-FW ~ You Are Losing – Your – Free Will

~ Q-SM-ITMFTWTRTIOOT ~ Quitting – Social Media – Is The Most Finely Targeted Way To Resist The Insanity Of Our Times

~ SM-I-MYI-AA ~ Social Media – Is – Making You Into – An Asshole

~ SM-I-UT ~ Social Media – Is – Undermining Truth

~ SM-I-MWYS-M ~ Social Media – Is – Making What You Say – Meaningless

~ SM-I-D-Y-CFM ~ Social Media – Is – Destroying – Your – Capacity For Empathy

~ SM-I-MY-U ~ Social Media – Is – Making You – Unhappy

~ SM-DWYTH-ED ~ Social Media – Doesn’t Want You To Have – Economic Dignity

~ SM-I-M-P-I ~ Social Media – Is – Making – Politics – Impossible

~ SM-H-Y-S ~ Social Media – Hates – Your – Soul