I stand on the shoulders of giants more than most. I am a mere intellectual gnat. To the small extent I am able to notice what I notice, it is because my friends, mentors, and loved ones suggested taking a look.
My own small additions to that tradition are mainly affirmations of the degree to which existing trends are intractable and implacable: We live, from everything I can see, in a thoroughly totalitarian society, the operational success of which Stalin and Hitler could only have dreamed. The institutional pressure in this market totalitarian society never stops or even pauses. Not of its own accord, certainly. And, as it rolls us all on down the road toward the historical cliff, it has 99.8 percent of even its would-be critics bamboozled.
Advertising, which has already arrived and must arrive virtually everywhere else — shopping carts, urinals, the entirety of electoral debate — is now coming to SCHOOL LOCKERS.
If they come into decent existence, our grandchildren will be stunned that we sat by and watched this onslaught happen.
[Special Hat Tip: Douglas Pressman]