In this article, Walter Mosley proposes that what truly ails the United States is a rampant, gnawing hunger in the spirits of its citizens. It is the first of a series. Articles in upcoming issues of The Nation will explore the questions he presents here.
Cultural Famine: A Cycle
by WALTER MOSLEY
[from the October 23, 2006 issue]
...and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!" --Book of Revelation, Chapter 6, Verse 6
A while ago I was thinking about the phenomenon of famine; about how blight, disease, war, human nature and the earth itself sometimes conspire to deprive us of what we need to survive. At times starvation is used as a political tool by those in power to insure their control; other times it's just the season..........
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