I just finished playing Prospero in The Tempest with the San Jacinto Shakespeare Festival. It was a hard role, almost 700 lines, much of which were expository monologues in the dense poetry of Shakespeare's late style. Next week I have a big audition for the summer of 2009.
I need to take a break from politics until events warrant a comment. Both campaigns are busy slinging mud, with the left as always a bit more dishonest and outrageous. (A rule of thumb: whatever the left accuses the right of doing, the left is actually doing to the right.)
The financial meltdown has been caused by economic miscalculations that came about as the result of government intervention. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans show much understanding of this; they would profit mightily by reading the Austrian Economists. Instead, they prescribe more of the poison that is killing the patient. They are hoping that inflation -- a hidden tax that falls hardest on the weakest in society -- will get us through until the next guy takes over. Then it is his problem. So, instead of a market collapse, every American will "sacrifice for something greater than self-interest." McCain should be happy! Nationwide suffering: altruism doesn't get better than that. (And as a bonus from inflation, because of pervasive economic ignorance, the statists in the government can scream at corporations for raising prices, and use inflation as an excuse to further destroy freedom in America. Really, for big government, inflation is like manna from heaven.)
I hope to relax and get some reading and playwriting done. If all goes well, I will take at least a week off from this blog.
Here are a few links for your enjoyment.
The only quibble in the piece is the writer's idea that Ayn Rand would have hated a postage stamp with her image on it. Since she was a philatelist, I think she would have liked it.
2. Imagine an intelligent creature that hunts other intelligent creatures. The predator delights in cracking open its prey's skull to eat its brains and in snapping its bones to suck out the marrow.
Science fiction? It happened on Earth. The predator was the human being; the victim was the Neanderthal.