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KD's brief reflections on folk holidays (Halloween--good) vs. corporate holidays (Black Friday--bad) set the stage for a brilliant and witty short talk by historian Morris Berman.
Berman sees the essential hollowness of America's leaders as a reflection of the hollowness at the core of many of us--and the hollowness of The American Dream. In its present form The American Dream is little more than a wish for more stuff. The current political/economic system does seem to be unsustainable and collapsing--leaving Morris with decidedly mixed emotions.
Then singing comic-satirist Roy Zimmerman offers a more upbeat view of the oddness of American life. The show ends with a few lines of T.S. Eliot's 88-year-old poem, from which we've swiped our title.
Thanks to Robin Upton and Unwelcome Guests for Berman's talk.