Friday, August 13, 2010
Benjamin Talks Drive-by Saviours - Themes
Another thing that I think I will find very interesting about your book is the theme of illegal immigration -and immigrants in general- I don't think (just based on what I hear from online friends in Canada) that Canada has an extremely vocal, powerful and very hateful right-wing as we do here in the states.
Right now the wingers are creating a massive wave of much unneeded (the last thing the US needs I think) anger and hatred towards illegal immigrants--and I think to myself- did these people cause us to be in two illegal wars of late? did these people bankrupt the nation while bailing out the super-wealthy bankers? did these people cause national obsessions with such people as Paris Hilton or LeBron James while not giving a fig about much more important matters? are they the ones causing our much talked about-but disappearing freedoms to become little more than sound-bite propaganda? my answer to this and other questions with regard to them is no!
I may not agree with all things regarding illegal immigration-but anytime a people is scapegoated I get very suspicious other agendas may be afoot!
I will be very interested to read your novel for the Canadian view of some of these things-and of course I am sure it will be a wonderful book without even taking these things into account!!
You have a great presence and speaking voice on your video--
all the best to you and your family!!
Sums up that sentiment nicely.
Actually, I understand the mentality all too well. Not looking at the consequences of one's actions frees them from the guilt those consequences cause others. Better yet, they prevent one from seeing her/his own complicity in creating what he/she sees as a social evil.
Eric: two very good astute thoughts there. I had to tone down my anti-American urges at times writing this. I love your country, but it also gives me fits. And yes, I'm a ball of anxiety right now, in a good and bad way. Just can't wait.