Welcome back to Trafford Publishing Authorai??i??s Corner for part two of Mark Goodingai??i??s two-part series. Gooding continues to share the story behind his jocular novel Organisms. Although most of the sentiment behind Organisms is unyielding, Gooding expresses his appreciation that society has maintained pragmatic views, rather than falling victim to the political desires of control.
Iai??i??ve always gotten a kick out of those B horror movies of the fifties, and the political subtext of my favorite, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, is similar to that in Organisms.Ai?? Ai??I hope Organisms is similarly entertaining.Ai?? The novel was written tongue in cheek, but of course, the purpose of satire is generally to poke fun at power.Ai?? That is what Organisms does.
Anybody who is bothered by the implicit connection between the novelai??i??s president and our current holder of that officeai??i??a connection readers have been quick to make without any prompting from meai??i??can insert George W. Bush into the role of the nameless, faceless president if thatai??i??s less threatening.Ai?? The connection with Bush is a little more tenuous than Cheap toprol xl dosage that with his successor, but the shoe still fits.
Bushai??i??s fantasy about an ai???ownership society,ai??? which led, with plenty of good old-fashioned ai???bipartisan support,ai??? to the collapse of the housing market and the Great Recession, is very similar in character to the appeals Hitler made to the German people, especially the young, to try to inspire Stromectol online pharmacy a sense of ai???ownershipai??? in the German culture on the part of the countryai??i??s poorest, disenfranchised citizens.Ai?? ai???Hey, weai??i??re all in this together!Ai?? Letai??i??s make everybody feel welcome!ai??? Hitler enjoined his compatriots.Ai?? Bushai??i??s idea was vastly different in that it wanted to instill a sense of independence and self-reliance in those who were down and out, but it was similar in that it wanted to make everybody feel a part of the great American enterprise.
If we all own our own homes, weai??i??ll all feel like we have a stake in the country and the culture.Ai?? And that was precisely what Hitler wanted to do: make every German feel like a valid and cherished participant in the Third Reichai??i??every German, of course, except those who, mostly through their greed and smug complacency, were holding everybody else back.Ai?? ai???Letai??i??s make the working poor feel wanted and needed!ai??? Hitler exhorted. Ai??How can anybody object to a cause so noble?Ai?? Donai??i??t we all want to feel part of something larger than ourselves?
The point is that only in the movies do arch villains twist their moustaches while laughing maliciously and vowing world dominationai??i??apparently just for the sake of world domination.Ai?? Real lifeai??i??s villains generally have the intention of making the world a better place for ai???the people.ai???Ai?? Their villainy is in the fatal conceit that Hayek tried to warn the world about half a century ago.Ai?? No humanai??i??or group of humans, in the case of Roosevelt and his ai???brain trust,ai??? for exampleai??i??is capable of realizing such grandiose intentions.Ai?? There are just too many variables hard at work to confound such best-laid plans, and the planners never know as much as they think they do and are never as smart as they think they are.Ai?? And that doesnai??i??t even account for the fact that there are also just too many would-be planners, with too many divergent ideas about what the plans should be.
We all know what happens when there are too many cooks in the kitchen, and we all know what material was used to pave the road to Hell.Ai?? In my view, a demagogue is a demagogue is a demagogue.Ai?? Put any face on Buy lasunana him you want; the results are generally unpleasant, especially for ai???the people.ai???
In what I like to call ai???the Star Wars dichotomy,ai??? there are good guys and there are bad guys, and itai??i??s never hard to figure out which side to root for.Ai?? The real world is a little trickier.Ai?? Everybody thinks heai??i??s a good guy, and both sides have their cheering sections.Ai?? Ai??But thereai??i??s still a dichotomy: between thoseai??i??letai??i??s call them idealistsai??i??who fantasize about some kind of perfect world (whatever thatai??i??s supposed to look like), and those of usai??i??letai??i??s call us realistsai??i??who see a greater threat to everybodyai??i??s freedom, prosperity, safety, and comfort in the Ai??idealists and their fantasies than in the worldai??i??s imperfections.Ai?? (An excellent place to read about this dichotomy is in Thomas Sowellai??i??s A Conflict of Visions, by the way.)
In Organisms, Martin Wentzler plays the idealist whose utopian cult classic presents a vision of perfectionai??i??his vision, of course.Ai?? Itai??i??s a vision in which everybody has plenty of time for love and leisure, but we never get to see the folks who are mopping the floors or cleaning the toiletsai??i??or for that matter building and repairing the machines that make Paradise possible.
What does a perfect world look like, anyway?Ai?? Who cleans up after the idealists in a perfect world? Wentzler may not know how to create a perfect worldai??i??except in fictionai??i??but he certainly is ready and willing to take advantage of one when it comes along.Ai?? And, of course, heai??i??s ready and willing to do his own small part to help it come along.
Our world has its share of idealists who are just sure they could make the world a better place if the rest of us lunkheads would just fall in line and cooperate.Ai?? Donai??i??t we realize itai??i??s our own best interests they have in mind?Ai?? In Organisms, cooperation is finally assured, thanks to a bit of creative science.Ai?? In our real world the lunkheads still have their say, and we should all be thankful for that.
Organisms was a fun novel to write; I hope it is a fun novel to read.
Trafford Publishing Authorai??i??s Corner thank Mark Gooding for his contribution and for his ability show us that the gravity of certain topics can be adapted into books in a jovial manner, whilst still expressing a significant message.
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