The A1 Verse: The illusion of choice

By Thomas Gaulkin | July 12, 2021

cartoon of two people failing to connect windmill and power grid wires Modified illustrations by Zdenek Sasek / Ints Vikmanis

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred July 12, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


(from the original by Ivan Penn and Clifford Krauss)

Once in a generation
choices about decisions:
on one side, power,
on the other, choices.

The next few years lasts for decades,
between those who want more power
and those fighting the power.
Speed up the choices.

History is a barometer
with lots of power.

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