Miles and Miles of Texass
Kevin Pask writes an interesting piece on social/ political conditions in the Lone Star state. In an article in the summer 06 Dissent titled Gods Casino , he analyzes the bizarre blend of oil money, Christian fundamentalism and new technology wich defines the Sun Belt freak factory. Money and God becomes Money IS God. Those who know me know that Texas and Texans cause a strange, mean , visceral reaction at a molecular level in me. I have met a few wonderful Texans in my time, somebody reading this may very well be one and the author of the article is certainly aware, but I have also met enough Texan assholes to fill the Berkley Pit here in Butte (big pit for those unaware).
Mr.Pask points out the queer confluence of mega-churches and mega -box stores in the glistening new exburbs of mega-cities like Houston and Dallas. I can picture the highly educated and technologically savvy workforce piling into both of these Modern Cathedrals to Irrationality ,right before consecrating themselves at the High School Football Statium on Sunday. Redneck Pride is a perverted populism which cranks out crappy music, cannon fodder for capitalist wars and boring loudmouths; "You can always tell a Texan but you can't tell him much". Convinced they are Chosen People, yet perpetual victims. (Like Zionists!) Think LBJ, John Connely, the Bushes, Ken Lay and Co. and on and on. Pathological sociofreaks. Glad I could finally get that off my chest.