Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Sat Jun 26 14:41:08 2004
Sunny "beaches" of Pittsburgh

Today I took Marf's Ig out to the hills near my apartment that people sunbathe on. As usual, Iguanas prove to be a magnet for the curious, and I ended up talking to a lot more people than usual. Nikolai seemed to have a good time -- I should take him out more.

Last night, liberals come out in drives to see Moore's 9-11 film. Artsy liberals, mainly. It was interesting to see the styles all concentrated together. The oddity came from it's rare to see these people walking on the street en masse... almost contradictary to their style..

Lawrence Lessig pointed out that, on Amazon.com, you can get a DRM-protected copy of the U.S. Constitution. Funny, and odd. Why would the U.S. government provide a copy with such restrictions?

I've been thinking about the tension between the Trudovik and Bolshevik ideas of democracy. In particular, the Trudoviks, who were social democrats (who wanted a non-Marxist semi-socialist government akin to Europe today), were very populist, and drew their support from the masses that existed at that time today. By contrast, the Bolsheviks (not going to bring the Mensheviks into this -- too complicated) didn't think democracy would be possible until the masses were freed from the Bourgeoise and their deception. It's an interesting position to be in, to need to claim that, "If only the masses were educated correctly, they'd vote for us, so we don't need popular mandate right now". It's made more complicated by the fact that any social arrangement is likely to have dominant media that support the status quo, and that media may either hide/minimize dirty tricks of the government (as we have in the United States) or lie/exaggerate about dirty tricks of proponents of alternate systems. In some systems, notably under Stalin and, at times, under the United States, expressing certain opinions can result in removal from the political arena (or society at large). To some degree, the United States is needing to deal with this issue in Iraq.

Anyhow, my sister and her boyfriend are driving out to visit, arriving in a few hours. I'd best go grab lunch and do more cleaning.