These are strange and disturbing times by Rex Murphy


There are many strange, and not a few disturbing, things transpiring in the world today. First, I remain fascinated by the CHAZistan phenomenon, the process by which six blocks of central Seattle were taken over and occupied by protesters. I'd like to note that CHAZistan is a very unstable republic, for in a matter of days, this infant mobocracy has even changed its name. It is now CHOPistan, though I do not see the gain there. Moreover, the original name has more of a swing to it. Its sonic harmony with the word "jazz" was a happy one, suggestive of the improvisational, free-flowing nature of emergence.