To Eleven: Carlin’s Rome, awesome. Carlin’s almost everything, awesome. Hardcore History. Some great stuff (hours and hours) is free.
Death Throes of the Republic $9.99, and a bargain at that.
To everyone: I have complicated and mixed feelings about Cherry. It was inevitable (one side of the coin) in this environment (other side of the coin). A man can be more, or less, articulate. He can be more, or less, graceful. He can be more, or less, accurate. I’ve listened and watched the segment and have a view about where he lands on those three continua. Now, I skate onto thin ice. His defenders may conclude he’s further along on the accuracy axis than he is on those of articulation and grace. His detractors may say that matters not. The latter is an approach to our society that fills me with dread and sadness. As best as I can find or figure, he was fired for being divisive, not for being wrong. That should give the thoughtful pause.
Now, I don’t know enough about Canada’s Remembrance Day and poppy statistics to know whether he’s generally correct or generally wrong. I do know that generally correct statements can be shouted down and punished in our current environment. Cherry had an idea. Heaven forbid we debate it when we can simply assert it’s divisive and fire him. I think i know where Triumph Communes was heading. That place would be far more important and interesting than the “old dinosaur had it coming” space.
Society fired Don Cherry ten years ago. His employer waited until sufficient cover arrived to make the announcement. This isn’t unique to old Don. It was the correct income statement decision, today. Thirty hears ago it would’ve led to a boycott of Hockey Night in Canada. This is progress, or not, depending on your views of language, reason and debate.
Canada is hosting some great debate in the realm of freedom, reason, and “social justice” (as the concept somehow exists outside of simple “justice”). It’s not for the faint of heart, the indoctrinated, or the closed minded on either side. Good luck, Canada.