Mass Protests, the Legend of King Midas & the Golden Touch

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass

By Richard de Bruin

There are many tales and fairy tales about people being granted wishes by various magical creatures. Made in haste or a fit of greed the wishes consequently and almost every time then backfire on the people who made them. What first seems good fortune usually ends up costing them, sometimes dearly. When I did a little search to find a good example, the sheer number of results pretty much bogged me down. It is a very common theme, an old one too. One of the most well-known from antiquity would be the legend of King Midas and the golden touch. Having everything you touch turn to valuable metal may seem like a smart idea, it makes eating or getting dressed rather problematic. Let alone hug your loved ones. Be careful what you wish for lest it come true is a time-honored and universal folk wisdom. [Read more...]

Interview With A Vampire

Let the Inner Fire of Discontent Burn Brightly

By Richard de Bruin

Contrary to what you might have thought this is not an interview with Lloyd Blankfein or Jamie Dimon. Although Blankfein in particular certainly looks the part of some unclean nosferatu, let us not glamorize these banal criminals with alluring lore and myth. When it says 'interview with a dung beetle' or something like that you may assume I have gotten hold of one of them thugs.

No, surprising as it may seem I am actually referring to the movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Yes yes, I know, but please bear with me. As a first-time writer I have to start somewhere and for some reason this presented itself to me. It looks as good a starting point as any. [Read more...]