After that long July hiatus, it is going to take some time to clear the stack of items and observations that accumulated in this "Modernism and Its Enemies" folder. So please bear with me if things seem chaotic or random. I hope in a week or two to get back to cogently coherent mini-essays.
Item: Moderate-conservative expresses worries that should bother any capitalist in the coming era.:
Lest this be seen as a leftist rant, look at some of the other articles that typify The Globalist. This journal is very business oriented and generally rather conservative, in the classic sense. For example, there is an article criticizing labor unions for "beggaring their employers." (A hilarious assertion, given the present state of the labor movement, though at least a comfortingly standard conservative view.) Yet, even the business-savvy writers for The Globalist have become worried that our current leaders are doing a fantastically incompetent job of playing America's hand in the modern world.
Item: In order to show that The Globalist does have a rightward tilt, let me point out another article. One that takes this tilt to a neocon extreme in order to spew the worst kind of horrific garbage. (Ah, well.) Here's an example of Orwell-speak that is truly monstrous: The Greens Vs. India and China
By Deepak Lal.
I'm going to quote from this fellow in order to show how far the will-to-demonize has gone. Stare in awe at the following two paragraphs, illustrating the kind of world we're entering, wherein what an opponent really believes does not matter an iota. Only the strawman caricature that you want to hate. (The extreme left does this too.)
"Why do the Greens persist with their crusade? The reason is that, like any religion, their beliefs are not based on reason — but on faith. ... Bluntly, they would like to perpetuate the ancient poverty of the great Eurasian civilizations — India and China."
"The various proposals to introduce labor and environmental standards in the WTO and to tie issues of human rights to trade and investment under the rubric of ethical trading are of this ilk. They have neither logic nor ethics on their side. Even if these protectionist attacks are beaten back, they can in the meantime lead to international friction, which could slowly unravel the new liberal international economic order. Moreover, they tend to aggravate the suspicion of many developing countries that the newly emerging globalized economy will lead to a form of cultural imperialism that will undermine their ancient and cherished ways of life."
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Item: And now, for something completely different, here's a modernist endeavor that may give us all a chance to eat meat without guilt. (And can anyone doubt that rising morality will make this an issue even for conservative people, by 2050? Have any of you ever been to a slaughterhouse? Our present moral equilibrium is not the last word! And I say this as a practicing carnivore.)
In a paper in the June 29 issue of Tissue Engineering, a team of scientists, including University of Maryland doctoral student Jason Matheny, propose two new techniques of tissue engineering that may one day lead to affordable production of in vitro - lab grown -- meat for human consumption. It is the first peer-reviewed discussion of the prospects for industrial production of cultured meat.
Actually, here is one more example of where science fiction never gets any credit for prediction. I remember the scene (from "The Space Merchants") Pohl-Kornbluth era, that portrayed a HUGE slap of chicken meat that was steadily grown with nutrients and carved away to feed the nation. It had a name, as I recall. Chicken Little!
Unsurprisingly, the science fictional antecedents go unmentioned by the innovators OR the press. I have seen at least five new discoveries in the last year related to things I spoke of in just one novel, EARTH.
Greg Bear also complains of advances in biology that he predicted in his novel, DARWIN's CHILDREN. Ah, well.
Enough for today. Thrive & endure.