About McPherson's Rant


McPherson’s Rant is an old Scots Folk Song about a Robin Hood Type Character who was hanged.

There is no connection, unless you count the “rant” part.  The world’s a strange place and sometimes a “rant” at absurdity and unfairness is just what’s required.

Here you can expect to find examples of stupidity, irony and idiocy , especially relating to Hong Kong, and with particular attention to the SCMP, and its’ letters page. A common problem with many blogs is their failure to find something new to say, I find the SCMP, and it’s letters page, provides plenty of ammunition on a daily basis and will reference them frequently. If you have your own letter not getting published, put it on our comments section.





A New Beginning

“An unleashed lust for wealth and power turned them into aggressors…society had evolved too many elites, all demanding excessive baubles, a culture wobbling under the weight of an excess of desire, nobility is expensive, non productive and parasitic, siphoning away too much of society’s energy in frivolous cravings…”

Close your eyes and you can imagine this quote referring to the excess of the super rich, those with mega yachts, private jets, Caribbean Islands etc etc.  Or it could refer to a decadent corpulent west gorging on Welfarism and trash TV.  A declining, increasingly illiterate society, who prefer the images of illusion over critical thought processes.

Open your eyes now.  It’s actually from a book called: “The World Without Us.”  I bought it on impulse. A misanthropic impulse of course.  I enjoyed it!  The author is referring to the decline of ancient cultures,  the  Mayans or the Easter Islanders.

Do you have to be a misanthropic pessimist, part Malthusian,  part Hobbesian, to see the parallel here, or did I just smoke too much at University?

I don’t know why, but the idea of a new beginning appeals to me, I know it appeals to most of us, fortunately, most of us don’t get a chance to exercise our impulse for clean slates.  Most religions are about a new beginning, as are  Fascism, Stalinism, Communism and dare I say it, James Lovelock, darling of the Green Terror.  I think it puts me in bad company.  Fortunately I only want to be like Greta Garbo… why won’t they all just leave me alone!


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