The idea behind the Perisphere comes from the 180-foot in diameter sphere that was a center point of the 1939 New York World’s Fair and its theme of The World of Tomorrow. Inside the Perisphere was a diorama called Democracity, a utopian view of the cities of the future. As the nation struggled to emerge from the Great Depression and the with the rumblings of war growing in Europe, the Perisphere offered a view of hope in an era of change.
And while this blog offers nothing so pretentious, the idea is to remark on our own era of financial uncertainty and change. As such, much of what your read here will be about politics, the media and society.
Politically, I am an agnostic, a partisan of no party. I believe in neither cradle to grave government nor in a world of dog eat dog. A balanced society gives each person the tools to succeed while not ignoring the less fortunate. There is a power in the individual, but a community is more than housetops in close proximity.
For those who may not know me: R.G. Ratcliffe has been a working journalist for more than 35 years, with most of his time spent covering the Texas Capitol and national politics. His work his been quoted in more than two dozen books, and he has appeared in several documentaries, including Journeys with George and CapitalCrimes. Ratcliffe’s writing on ethical behavior by Texas politicians also was noted in a New York Times column during the Bush Administration. Probably his most widely distributed piece was an investigation into how the state’s higher education trust fund was being invested with politically connected donors. In case anyone thinks he just picks on Republicans, here is a story about how he had exposed the late Gov. Ann Richards’ aides of destroying state telephone records in the midst of a controversy over office holders using their state resources for political purposes.