Well, this is interesting. For the first time in many years, I’m writing both Brainiac On Banjo and Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind each week. B.O.B. is devoted to the greater world of comics and graphic novels and appears right here at PopCultureSquad.com every Monday, health and opportunity permitting. This column, which shall appear on every Thursday, is about politics, which, unfortunately, molds our culture and often bends it into shapes that would keep a balloon clown awake in a cold sweat.
Don’t worry. Both columns can be perceived as complete rants babbled from the dankest caverns of a deluded blowhard. I’ve earned it.
A half-century ago, I spent several years working hand-in-fist with the likes of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. It was a great time, and we-all did some work of which I am quite proud. Jerry often said the proudest moment of his life was when he was subpoenaed to testify before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, right-wing America’s powerful tribute to Cardinal Richelieu. Jerry said that receiving that subpoena was like getting his college diploma.
I miss HUAC. For all the damage it had done – and it had done a lot of damage – they were relatively straightforward about their goals and concerns. In comparison, today’s Great American fascists (check the word out; it may not be what you think) are weasels who vomit a bouillabaisse of lies, distortions, hidden motives, and pay-for-play contradictions. Continue reading “Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mind #001: Stand Up! Now!”