SLL: Trading Places


No, not the movie.

But most certainly involving the fall of the mighty and the rise of the formerly less-significant.

In the Eighties limited-nuclear-exchange novel Warday, one of the protagonists felt deep shame when a Canadian financier sternly tells the American dining room staff to boil his meal’s soup, lest he get the “Uncle Sam jump”.

Ready for both?

Deep shame.

And chronic GI problems due to failed infrastructure?

Just stayed tuned.

And make sure to both register and vote.

5 responses to “SLL: Trading Places

  1. The mention of Warday is interesting. I remember when it first hit the bookstores. The country was still buzzing from the effects of “The Day After”. I found it in my college’s library about 7-8 years later and read it. Growing up in Germany during the Cold War gave me a different perspective concerning such topics.

    In 2004 while deployed to Iraq, I ran across Warday and Alas, Babylon (another great post nuclear exchange novel from 1959 I believe) in the same free paperback library in an USO at FOB Speicher. I instantly grabbed them and they remain in my personal library to this day.

    The struggle is very real. Many are not prepared for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th order of effects of the coming New Unpleasantness.

  2. I don’t concur with Mr. Gore’s assessment of command economies. They are totally unpleasant and wasteful, but they are successful. Success being marked as reaching some goal. Stalin industrialized Russia for military purposes. Before then Russian cavalry was with horses. Following industrialization it was with tanks in a period of 25 years. Our own economy became a command and control structure to defeat the Nazis. Was that achieved? Of course, hence successful.

    CE’s are unyielding to work under. The product can be trash. The second order displacements in the economy can over shadow the original intent. But in achieving a goal the track record is better than 50/50. And no I don’t desire it.

    But, then the Freedom Tower is still not built is it?

  3. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

  4. I remember that novel. The exchange went like this:

    “We have Coca-Cola, sir.”
    “Fountain, sir.”
    “Pity it’s not bottled. I don’t want to get the Uncle Sam Jump yet again.”

    Funny the things that stick in one’s mind.