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Just saw from Locus (!) that Theodore Roszack just died. That takes me way way back to my junior year of high school. There were four books that heavily influenced my thinking at the time, "all gettin' ready to go to school and get me a degree in Flaw-sophy". These were, to wit:
  1. Mutual Aid, by Petr Alexandreyovich Kropotkin
  2. Finite and Infinite Games, by James P. Carse
  3. The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts
  4. and, of course, The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society by Theodore Roszak
What a weird kid I was, for a given quantity of "was".

But the tenets are solid. Let me 'splain. No, it takes too long. Let me sum up each in a sentence:
  1. Social systems of cooperation are more stable and sustainable than those of competition.
  2. The nature of the game of life is to change the rules in order to continue to play.
  3. Certainty is the antithesis of growth.
  4. The rule of mankind by the mathematics of money is unsustainable and insulting to life.
All very baby-boom twentysomething stuff; much of it socialism divested of the Comintern, with a decided buddhist slant, full Vajra Shovel and War Cry.

Which is to say, our school library was about twenty years behind the times, clearly. Coming back to North America and seeing how all this was ground down to a thin tail with Abbie Hoffman in a noose at the end was kind of depressing.

So a part of me still lives back there, where the tail is still thick, and people actually do throw out parasitical tyrants by use of protest, non-violence, and cooperation. If only we manage to do the same. But ours have about forty years more development to their slipperiness. So, I'm watching with not much hope at what happens to our old pal, Rupert.