The Phaserl



by Bill Holter, Miles Franklin:

The word “because” has been around for a long time; in fact it has been around (since the beginning of language?) since you were a little kid and were just learning to speak. Do you remember the little kid who answered “because” to anything and everything? Why is the sky blue? Why does it rain? Why does the sun rise? Why does 2+2=4? “Because.” Then of course when you were a little kid and were pissed off at your parents long enough and kept asking for something they would answer “because” but with a caveat…”because I said so.” Without looking up the definition in a dictionary you can break the word “because” down into two parts, “being” …the “cause.”

But now “because” has taken on a whole new meaning and unfortunately this simple word is what the powers that be have fallen back to when it comes to policy. Economic policy, social policy…all policies. For example, “why is the stock market up?” “Because” we are recovering and have better times ahead. I would ask if this is really true. Are things getting better? Do we really have more people employed? Is inflation really under 2% for the things that YOU use to live with? Is life better now that you know that every e-mail, every phone conversation and every website that you have visited has been recorded to “make you safer?” I could go on and on but you get the point.

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