Monday, September 11, 2006

Warding off bad karma with my anti-Bush mantra

I've got my anti-Bush mantra ready for our national CEO's little 9/11 speech tonight, something to repeat as a charm against the seductive single-mindedness of his appeal. The guy sure does latch onto an idea and holds on like a rabid pit bull. But that's not the mantra.

The mantra is something I borrowed it from Billmon, who took note of Bush's single-mindedness and used it as the basis of his eloquent riff on the famous contrast by Isaiah Berlin between the hedgehog and the fox:
There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus which says: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."
Billmon takes that and runs with it.
At this point, I would say Shrub is acting like a hedgehog on hallucinogens. His one big integrative idea -- exporting American-style "democracy" to Iraq at the point of a gun -- has proven fatally, disastrously wrong, but he can't let go of it, because it's the only idea he's got. He's fully vested in it, like a '90s e-trader who decided to throw caution to the wind, empty his retirement account and bet it all on pets.com.
"Hedgehog on hallucinogens" -- that's my mantra. I'll repeat it religiously every time Bush tempts me with his simplistic and belligerent pieties, and that should ward off any bad karma. If that's not enough, I'll move on to visualizing the e-trader betting his retirement account on pets.com.

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