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Classic Miranda, 2004: “Hey England, Scotland and Wales,” wrote another irate American citizen, “mind your own business. We don’t need weenie-spined Limeys meddling in our presidential election. If it wasn’t for America, you’d all be speaking German. And if America would have had a president, then, of the likes of Kerry, you’d all be goose-stepping around Buckingham Palace!
Classic Miranda, 2005: If the journalists of Braddock’s day had been reporting, the story of New Orleans might have been uplifting, giving hope to people made ever more anxious by the fear industries. Excessive cynicism is corrosive, although in this case only the gullible would be so ready to believe guilt-evading local officials and blame bogyman George Bush.
Classic Miranda, 2003: And yet without introspection we lose much of what makes us human, because we need to know ourselves in order to develop a conscience, a moral compass, a sense of right and wrong. Without the humility that comes from knowledge of yourself and your own failings, everyone else’s behaviour will seem intolerable. You will be consumed with blind self-righteousness. Hence the rise of the busybody, the dobber and the petty tyrant in Sydney and hair-trigger rage from strangers about trifles. Lack of introspection leads people to take on hatreds and dimly understood positions without thinking through what they mean, only that perhaps: “War is bad”, “Bush is stupid” and “Howard is Hitler”. It leads to the ascendance of meaningless street politics in which hordes of what Lenin called “useful idiots” protest against McDonald’s or globalisation or war.