Reed on Statemanship

In Peeing on Hydrants, Fred Reed writes:

What we call statesmanship is, emotionally and morally, indistinguishable from gang war in South Chicago. The scale is more imposing and, under some administrations, the grammar better. Aggressive males rise to power in heavily armed countries of many millions. Then they push and shove, bark and bow-wow at others like themselves in other countries. The tribal trappings remain, particularly among the warriors: Baubles and medals and patches and different hats, talk of honor and duty and valor. Nah. Males dogs in an alley.

8 thoughts on “Reed on Statemanship”

  1. His writing and thought process are interesting, and entertaining. But in the end, he bashes capitalism for being the commercial form of men’s animalistic tendencies.

    Meanwhile, he has been bashing the government for being the political form. So he must just be enraged at male instincts, and not necessarily the systems they work within.

  2. DANGER, DANGER WILL ROBINSON! “Interesting… but IDEOLOGICALLY IMPURE.” MUST INOCULATE SELF FROM INFECTION! ZOOT! BUZZ WHIRR!

    The observation that the author’s actual problem is with “male instincts” and not “the systems they work within” is an astoundingly acute non-observation, considering the entire screed is littered with statements like “I sometimes think that the defects of men… are equally understated” and “Men, like street dogs, are both territorial and creatures of the pack. It starts early because it is instinctive.”

  3. Sorry, I figured the linked piece was about politics given the nature of this site, and was simply surprised to find it wasn’t after I read the whole thing.

    “Ma bad dawg. Ah sed, MA BAD!”

  4. YOU’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.

    Sure you have. Sure. I never forget a face. Come on over, let me shake your hand! Tell you something: I recognized you by the way you walk even before I saw your face good…
    Can I read the sign? You bet I can!… It says OPENING SOON on top, and under that, ANSWERED PRAYERS, A NEW KIND OF STORE. …
    Interesting name for a store, ain’t it? Answered Prayers. Makes you wonder what’s for sale inside. Why, with a name like that it could be anything. Anything at all.

    — Stephen King, Needful Things

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