rhubroma said:Having come to Rome from the provincial hell of America, I presume to talk to everyone about Cicero and Goethe. Quite perverse, I told myself. When I take America and the market apart, when I disect, annihilate and extinguish them, I am actually taking myself apart, disecting, annihilating and extinguishing myself. I have to admit that this idea of self-disection and self-extinction appeals to me, as I've told my students. And if I'm not mistaken I will succeed in this self-dissection and self-extinction.
The truth is, I've told my students, that parents shirk from the responsibilty for the children they bring into the world and rather allow the market logic to raise their children in their place. What I'm saying is true of many parents, indeed most parents. But I'm quite alone in saying it! We must keep such thoughts, which are contrary to the market logic, to ourselves and musn't publish them. We must choke down such thoughts in a world that would react to them with revulsion. Were I to publish a piece entitled Parents, it would merely result in me being pronounced a liar or a fool or both. The world wouldn't tolerate such views, because it's accustomed to falsehood and hypocrisy, not to facts. The truth is that in this world governed by the market facts are ignored, while fantastic ideals are proclaimed as facts, because that's politically more expedient and acceptable to the opposite. We have gone from Homo Sapiens to Homo Economicus, with the consequence that reality is passed off as fantasy and vice versa. As a result there is no shame in applauding the indecent sums we pay our athletes, who are mere entertainers! While the rest of the masses have to get by practically on slave wages. But rather than start a revolution because of the gross over earnings we pay our entertainers, to say nothing of our politicians, the logic of the market has beaten everyone into state of servile complacentcy, which the corporate world has known how to exploit through television and the media with devestating results. And even our lovely Tour has been destroyed, as Hinault correctly point out.
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