Topic: "Make Jobs, Not War"(7)
An "Arab Spring" has given way to an "American Autumn." Frodo infers that the predictable, if not observable, disappointment that follows a popular "coup d'etat" is indistinguishable from an aggregation of dreamers waiting in line at McDonald's in order to use the bathroom. The fall of Hosni Mubarak now yields internecine conflict between Muslims and Coptic Christians, and Frodo foresees similarly the inevitable collapse of the tent cities that house those writing songs and carrying signs, "that voices never share."
Freedom is not inexpensive. Access to freedom has been enhanced by information, or social media as some would call it. What is not conveyed is how human beings deal with disappointment; disappointment in both the speed and the quality of reform. What happens today in Cairo is sure to be repeated, in the near term, in all the lands that ring the Mediterranean. What few realize is, that on a matter of scale, the same thing is taking place wherever there are people without jobs, frustrated by class favoritism, without the fiscal resources to join the "1%".
Eric "Eddie" Cantor has to be the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. To hear a politician refer to these people in tent cities as a "mob," is not far afield from a salutation as a "cult." There is no evidence of rocks or Molotov cocktails in the air, which is not to argue that such will always be the case. There is a need however to get in the face of those who have dominated the distribution of wealth, and to awaken them to the fact that the people of the tent cities are not terribly different from those who today seek to end the life of Qadaffi.
Michael Bloomberg is an excellent Mayor of New York City, and he is as pragmatic as they come these days. He feels, strongly, that all of this will just "go away" when the weather turns colder, and moisture is in the air. Frodo is not so sure. To go home, with no job and no prospects, is not what "American exceptionalism" conveys. It is Frodo's belief that increasing adversity threatens the pastoral umbrage that most take of those who sit in tent cities and disavow "greed" and any or all of the deadly sins. Making love, this time, is not an alternative.
Somebody is going to do something stupid. It happened to "bonus marchers," it happened to "freedom riders," and it happened in Chicago, when the chant became "The whole world is watching." The whole world, it seems, is caught up in the broken promises, and the unimaginable avarice of those who felt that they could get away with it.
Indeed, as the seasons change, as change they must, the promise of Spring now confronts the harsh reality of Winter. The Ring has not been destroyed, and the threat to Middle Earth is as it was in the beginning of the book.