Observations from the Front Line: The US State of Denial By William Bowles

16 February, 2008

Observations from the Front Line

Manhattan, 13 February, 2008 — For the first time, almost exactly thirty years ago, I sat where I’m sitting now, writing this, in the Broome Street Bar, corner of Broome and West Broadway. I was building the Cayman Gallery a couple of hundred yards away further up West Broadway for my good friend Jack Agueros, who later was to hire me as the designer/constructor of El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem.

In those days, SOHO (South of Houston Street) was full of empty sweat shops and industrial buildings that the owners were only too happy to rent out for whatever they could get. A couple of thousand square feet could be had for as little as $800 a month and on a ten-year lease.

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The Obama Phenom or revolving door ‘democracy’ By William Bowles

9 January 2008

Let me open with a quote from my friend and comrade Patricia Murphy-Robinson:

“Obama will self-destruct because he is a historical moment – and a commodity – delusional and orgasmically enveloped by the personifications of capital. Immigrants eat that shit up, longing for the relief of not eating and eternally poor, worse, looked down on – compensational delusions of grandeur and great manipulations of capital. Unlike Bush, instrument of another time (ENRON), he [Obama] is just the right putty for the magical thinkers who control capital.”

There are dark forces at work here, namely the pr and media sectors of the ruling elites who have realised that the only way to (hopefully) save their bacon is to have an economically and politically ‘safe’ Black prez who captures the imagination of those who have never voted (about 30% of the eligible population), mostly the young and along the way it’s hoped he’ll capture a significant percentage of Black vote and of course most of the Democratic voters. He’s right of Hillary Clinton but with loads more appeal, so he even might grab a few Republicans and he’s an African (of Kenyan descent, now there’s synchronicity in action). Damn, he comes over like an ad for Benetton or Guess, no wonder the powers that be are backing him.

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