Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Under the blue mango

Once in awhile I add a new blog to my blog rolls (if you will notice I have two lists). The newest additions most frequently go into the top list. Very rarely do I mention them, but this time, I feel I should say something about Joe Bageant.

I was given a head's up to it from a friend. Although I had heard of the book this author had written, I had never read it-- 'Deer Hunting for Jesus' which is about the class wars in the United States. I guess I should get a copy but for now I am reading his blog.

He's rough. He's outspoken. He says exactly what he thinks, and political correctedness be damned. He's no fan of the United States' political system. He appears to think that anybody who reaches the presidency has already sold out to corporations.

After I read his most recent post, I started picking and choosing from the list of previous blogs. His outlook is interesting, his stories carry you along, and give you something to chew on. Warning though-- he pulls no punches. Absolutely none.

Bageant sees our country as heading down a slope with no way to stop the slide. He thinks Conservatives know it and are just getting all they can before our economy totally collapses. It might seem that is a view without hope but then again, maybe it's just realism and there is something we can personally do about it-- as in accept a lighter footstep on the earth, help those we come across when we can, and recognize that the life we lead today might not be sustainable.

It's really not about guilt or fear. It's about facing situations squarely, not letting ourselves be carried away with what we cannot change-- but changing what we can.

I still don't know how much I will agree with him. He might not end up permanently on my lists, but he definitely has a viewpoint. Of course, like all bloggers, it's all just his opinion.

Whether you read anything else by Joe Bageant, you might try: Under the Blue Mango. It is about life in Belize and his attempt to make a difference.

6 comments:

Paul said...

He knows what I have known for a long time, but still one has hope !

Annie said...

I have been reading Joe for some time and I guess I feel that he speaks for the "underclass", if there is such a thing, and that for them I think he is right, there is no hope other than in just getting by. I appreciate that he pulls no punches as you say and that he has compassion. I love his sign-off, "in art and labor". I've been to Belize and I love that country too, so I appreciate his writing about life there.

robin andrea said...

Interestingly, I just started reading Joe Baegent too. I've known about him for several years, but never wandered over to his site until the other day. I like his perspective, and the calmness of his voice, even when describing how we are teetering on the edge.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Rain. I'll run over to see what Joe has to say.
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mandt said...

Joe has a truly impressive boots-on-the-ground background, not to mention both a tough, analytical, political mind, an often brilliant writing style, and a very interesting spiritual side. Although famous now, he still reads his e-mails and will quite often respond. There comes a time when some warriors leave the field of battle for a greater vision and god knows Joe deserves his well earned peace.

Darlene said...

Parsley's Pics has a link to Vigil and that blog has a link to a petition on Facebook to take down that site that is seeking prayer for Obama to die.

I don't know if this link will work or not, but it is the name of the petition on Facebook. You can cut and paste it into your browser.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/clean-up-facebook