Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jesus Is an Economic Engine: Dismantling the Metaphoric Mechanization of Everything

Jesus Is an Economic Engine: Dismantling the Metaphoric Mechanization of Everything

"We are all toadies to the fashionable metaphor of the hour. Great is he who imposes the metaphor." - Robert Frost (1)

In President Barack Obama's first hundred days in office, as the Great Recession crested, with nearly 600,000 jobs lost in the previous month, foreclosures ripping communities apart throughout the nation and General Motors on the edge of collapse, Obama needed to find a way to buoy the waning tide of euphoria for "hope" and "change" that swept him into power. While his hundred day speechcovered the headlines, it was a little-heardset of remarks on a jobless report the next week that created one of Obama's most enduring linguistic legacies, one to rival "hope," and one that has changed the way we talk about not just the economy, but all aspects of life: the "economic engine."
"Although we have a long way to go before we can put this recession behind us, the gears of our economic engine do appear ... to be slowly turning once again," Obamaannounced, describing his intention to invest in retraining opportunities for displaced workers in community colleges (such as the one where I teach). Not long after this speech, the phrase economic engine - which had been used in no major headlines before this - flooded the US press, according to data from Google Trends. Soon after, it wasn't just the economy that was an engine. Indeed, everything now is a potential economic enginemusical theaternational parks,lakespolluted mines, familiesHillary Clinton, and even Jesus.
Yes, that's right - "Jesus is an economic engine," wrote one pastor, in jest. And if Jesus can be a machine, who can't be?
Inside the Economic Engine

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