To get past Go, we don’t have to hold a monopoly on ignorance. Go has proven itself a difficult obstacle for the sons and daughters of the destitute, defeated, indentured, escaped, captured, fortune seeking, and just plain old nuts of whom I sing to overcome.
Philadelphia escaped...because it understood diversity, I can’t say now, exactly, where brotherly love fits into the fix mix, but it was certainly harder to bang a Bible there than it was to love thy neighbor.
Philadelphia got past go. I was there, too, trying to myself, getting past go, after Austin, Texas in 1979. I was desperate to escape Go, where I had been stopped, so I went, back north to what I thought might be freedom, the freedom to pass go.
I never got the hang of it, but got a good look before heading back stealthy to coastal New Jersey, where I would study the fix from a variety of perspectives, incognito. I got it from the inside out, the fix. But never could find the source, I felt the sting of the whip, but could not find the hand in the darkness, bound and blindfolded. I knew the fix was on, but could not get a handle on it.
My efforts were not academic, they were personal. I was a scientist explorer;well disguised as a failed also ran rich kid who had been given access to all the consolation prizes and behavior modification exercises. I was out of the know, and into the belly of the beast.
I came to realize that we were second class at best in our native place, and that command and control escaped the revolution, unscathed outside of Philadelphia.
I’m not sure about New York or Boston. I’m just a visitor in those places. But the MIC I knew was not running on Eastern Standard time, during my decades of debauchery, playing a bad Clousseau at best, bumbling through the layers of the enterprise. Living to peck this story is victory enough, and reaching the conclusions that I well understood but never could...articulate.
We struggle to get past Go, yet. Divided by design. The fix was always in. We toil on, in the field, to unfix the fix, and I’m not driving.