I remember when my country was young;

Day-time World Series—on television sets in store windows—watched by everyone

Who shrugged off assassinations and other black-and-white news

With candlelight dinner and stereo.


Now my country is password-obsessed, corporate, and cold.

Now my country is old-person stink surrounding trivia-obsessed youth

Who are older than the old.



  1. annacottage said,

    October 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I am not American but I understand where you are coming from. I have watched the UK slide down and down and I detest it. It is now “me, me, me” attitude, Children can not communicate properly stuck in front of TV, games. Education system so poorly, unless of course you pay for the Private Schools. Violence never far away, first knives used by people, guns now and again, the latest fashion is to throw acid in peoples faces. A ruthless Tory Government hell bent on finishing what Margaret Thatcher started and that is to finally demolish what there is left of the Welfare State in the UK. My Country is so Class ridden, it will never move on until we finally are a Republic. First we need to get out of Europe. Enjoyed reading what you had to say.

  2. Andrew said,

    October 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    So true – so sad.
    We are well dumbed-down and ready for Socialism.

    OK – let fly…

  3. noochinator said,

    October 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Yes, the ballgames are on way too late—
    A sitch (‘less you’re rich) that isn’t too great—
    Highlights of matches can only be tasted—
    On the bright side: much less time wasted.

  4. thomasbrady said,

    October 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm


    Thanks to Public Television, American highbrows love the British and think they are the neatest thing around. I love the British, but realize nothing is all rosy. I’ll never forget the British fellow who walked into a bookstore where I once worked in Harvard Square and bellowed, “The only difference between Churchill and Hitler is that Churchill won!”

    Scarriet is politically neutral—not because various partisan views are not sometimes correct; there is simply too much contradiction in the clashes of the sides, which destroys reason itself. Does the “Welfare State” promote class? Or get rid of it? I’ve heard both arguments.

    It seems to me that we have to start with what every society requires, and these things are not fun, and many people do not want to do them. So good and bad will always be in the mix and so the whole debate must take this into account. And usually it does not. And yet bad can be more valuable than good—precisely because not everybody wants to do the ‘bad’ things: work very hard, get very dirty, put oneself in danger—as they do what is necessary. Plato’s “Republic” is considered a communist state, by many; and yet, it is also very, very class-oriented. To be really honest about society, we have to look very closely at everything that on a day to day basis, must be done, and what kind of person it takes to do them.


  5. annacottage said,

    October 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    To many in this Country, of a certain age they still harp on about how they Won World War11, never mind the people who had to die on both sides. I am fascinated that how you put it “American highbrows” love the British is it because of that ridiculous “Downton Abbey”. UK is Class ridden, Thatcher did her best to destroy most of the industry that the working man depended on, she was all for the City and the “Champagne Charlies”. The Miners Strike showed exactly how far she would go, this Government under Cameron are doing their best to follow in Thatcher’s steps, if not worse. You are correct when you say not everybody wants to work hard and these individuals spoil it for everyone else.

    It would be lovely if we were all equal, but here as long as we have the Monarchy we will never be equal. I am delighted we have Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader, I left the Labour Party when Blair came in he ruined this Country, he has far too much blood on his hands. I rejoined the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn became Leader, do not always agree with him but that is democracy. We always say the USA are our closest Friends, and I hope they continue to be so. I am not surprised about the chap who went into your bookstore, typical. All the best, Anna.

  6. noochinator said,

    October 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    “Now my country is old-person stink surrounding trivia-obsessed youth

    Who are older than the old.”


  7. Gary B. Fitzgerald said,

    October 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    To paraphrase a line from the movie ‘Braveheart’…

    The problem with humanity is that it’s full of humans!

    • thomasbrady said,

      October 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Hello Gary, my young friend. I don’t think the misanthropy of the poem is that deep. The U.S. is no longer a young country—like the Europeans, they are not breeding enough. Humans are fine, but when a whole society tilts to the pragmatic and the old…

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