Although most "revolutionary" ideas expressed by Semple's interviewees were good, and some the result of genuinely disinterested concern for the general welfare, none, in my opinion, addressed in any fundamental way the root cause of what ails society in general.

The people to whom Semple addressed his tall order could have done better because, without exception, none of them could see any future beyond the present system. Moreover, they place their hopes and fortunes squarely at the feet of the beautiful golden calf of capitalism. But in fairness, it ought to be noted that any bad question is capable of eliciting bad answers. In this case Semple's question was defective because it was premised on an error of logic. Semple confused revolution -- a radical, thoroughgoing change that fundamentally transforms a thing -- with reform, a superficial, cosmetic alteration of something that leaves its basic features unaltered.

Armed with that confusion of ideas, he sought out people for whom revolution means nothing more than switching from AT&T to MCI. So logically they offered up their timid and unambitious suggestions. If you want any truly revolutionary ideas, you have to avoid the reformers and make a beeline for the revolutionaries.

If Kirk Semple or any other of your excellent writers ever again ventures into capitalism's wilderness to pose questions of hope for the future, I hope he or she will condescend to visit this locust-eater for some genuine insight into things revolutionary.

Chris Camacho

And on the Congas: The Big Man Himself
In Kirk Semple's article "New Year's Revolution," a lot of people suggested ways to "enhance the experience of living in South Florida." But no one mentioned the one who has the final (and initial) say over what happens here or anywhere.

That one, the infinite one, is God the creator (and destroyer) of all things. Does anyone think that anything can be done without the approval of God? The impression I get from Semple's article is that God is irrelevant to what may or may not happen in Miami or to what people want to happen in Miami. If anyone wants anything for Miami or themselves, let them ponder the following truth brought to us by the prophet Jesus: "Seek the kingdom of God and all else will be provided."

As my own contribution to those things that would enhance Miami, let me submit the following idea: a regularly occurring community percussion event -- what others would call a drum circle -- which occurs when percussionists get together and play one beat or rhythm continuously, ideally for many hours.

I am a percussionist with a lot of ideas for such an event. I think it would be good for developing community togetherness. After all, the family that drums together stays together. Anybody interested? Call me at 305-661-9900.

Michael Lueras

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