she's about to have a baby! & ivana texted me today to tell me her water broke. which actually-- so i just heard from ive after a year of silence or so the other week, & she was like "i'm married & pregnant!" & i had to fight down my knee jerk response of "oh, gross." you know, now is actually the time to be married & pregnant. no jesus making folks get hitched early, or snapped rubbers or whatever. so that is weird, being old. i know dudes who did the early married, early breeder thing-- theresa is like, my main homegirl-- but still, jesus. now it is like "oh, oh yeah. in a year or so that'll be me too." unless like, i'm shooting blanks or something?
so oh, in american politics. i was thinking about aristocracy, & the mandate. i get the appeal of the mandate of the people, but really, is it less of an illusion than the mandate of heaven? i'd prefer the mandate of ideology. you know, priests are like "no, really, i care about these ideas enough to stop having sex, to live on this mountain, to stop freaking talking. i mean it!" & samurai are like "for real, honor, i'm all about it. like, if i fuck up i'll cut my guts out, that is how much i'm not kidding around." i don't know, i was talking about america & maybe a solution presented itself? debt. now, debt gets a bad rap, & right now especially, but think about it. debt is pretty much magic money. again i'm going to neal stephenson, since his baroque cycle really made me grok debt. it really is interesting, & used properly, awesome. lets look at college: what a mess, but a great idea. we've got, what, debt forgiveness for officers in the military, firefighters, & high school teachers? we need better debt forgiveness programs to usher in diplomatic caste aristos. or at least, it is an idea.