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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 00:40:16 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.09.09 1. Health care 7.09 9am 2. Toys/war orphans 7.09 11am 3. Klobuchar/health 7.09 12noon 4. Eagan peace vigil 7.09 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 7.09 5pm 6. Solar energy 7.09 5:30pm 7. XCEL/Mpls powelines 7.09 6:30pm 8. Nuke-free world 7.09 6:45pm 9. Health care "forum" 7.09 7pm 10. AWC new members 7.09 7pm 11. Edgertonite 7.09 cancelled 12. Michael Parenti - The Honduras coup: is Obama innocent? 13. Benjamin Dangl - High stakes in Honduras: a class struggle unfolds 14. Laura Flanders - Gag order: Obama hushes health care advocates 15. Derrick Jensen - Forget shorter showers: personal not = political 16. ed - The rich belong (bumpersticker) --------1 of 16-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Health care 7.09 9am July 9: Minnesota Women's Consortium Women and Health Care Reform. 9 AM - Noon at the Minnesota Women's Building, 550 Rice Street, St. Paul. RSVP. --------2 of 16-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Toys/war orphans 7.09 11am Demonstration: Toys for War Orphans Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. (Market Day on the Mall) Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Come see and join in support of the WAMM Peace Troupe. There will be a wagonload of dolls with injuries (missing arms, legs, bandages) to increase awareness of children who are war victims as well as a flyer with information to pass out. There will be filming of some of the responses of people on the streets who are talked to. Sponsored by: the WAMM Peace Troupe. FFI and to Donate Dolls: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364 or email wammmedia [at] gmail.com. --------3 of 16-------- From: John Kolstad <jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com> Subject: Klobuchar/health 7.09 12noon Here is the info about the event tomorrow, Thursday at Senator Amy Klobuchar's Office. It is at noon and the office location is `1200 Washington Ave So. We want people to give Amy the word they she needs to support solving the health care problem. John Kolstad/President, Mill City Music From: "Stefanie K., MoveOn Member" <moveon-help [at] list.moveon.org> "Public Option Now!" Health Care Rally in Minneapolis <http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=94212&id=16524-1583997-hSD1H4x> Host: Stefanie K.--fellow MoveOn member Where: Sen. Amy Klobuchar's District Office (in Minneapolis) Thursday, Jul. 9, 2009, at 12:00 PM Key Senate votes on health care are coming next week. So we're rallying at Senator Al Franken's office to urge him to fight for a strong public health insurance option. We'll hear from speakers with firsthand stories about the health care crisis and deliver a massive petition to the senator's staff. Can you make it? Click here for more details and to RSVP: <http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=94212&id=16524-1583997-hSD1H4x&t=3> I can come <http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=94212&id=180&t=3>. --------4 of 16------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 7.09 4:30pm PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------5 of 16-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 7.09 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------6 of 16-------- From: "bulldogsmn [at] juno.com" <bulldogsmn [at] juno.com> Subject: Solar energy 7.09 5:30pm MN Renewable Energy Society Hosts: Networking, Pizza and a Speaker - FREE! Thursday, July 9, 2009 5:30 pm - Networking and pizza 6:00 pm - Expert guest speaker for evening 7:00 pm - Board Meeting Flannery Construction, 1375 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN This month, we'll be hearing from Ann Johnson, Project Manager for the University of MN's Solar Decathlon project. Ann will provide an overview of the contest, their house's design and features, and an update on where the University's team is right now. They are busy building the ICON house, and preparing for a mock competition to be held at the St. Paul Campus in late August. The goal is to get the house ready to ship to Washington in late September, for competition October 8th through the 19th. --------7 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: XCEL/Mpls powelines 7.09 6:30pm Xcel Energy Proposes To Construct 2 High Voltage Transmission Lines (HVTL) and Substations in South Minneapolis Residential Community - HUMAN RIGHTS and ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MATTERS ARE AT STAKE! Community Meeting -- Get Informed! Thursday, July 9, 2009 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m. Waite House 2529 13th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404 612-721-1681 WHO - Women, Mothers, Youth, Elders, and Family members who live, work, attend school, engage in cultural rights, have gardens, bike, have children that attend school daycare, or play at the parks in the proposed Project area may be affected by Xcel's "Hiawatha Project". Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin noted that never before in Minnesota has Xcel put above ground HVTL in the heart of a residential community! What is the potential impact on over 75% of people of color (Indigenous, African descent, Latinos, and others) in the Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood and also those in Corcoran, Powderhorn, Central and related neighborhoods? What are the health issues, climate justice, energy justice, alternative sustainable development issues raised with this proposed Project? Human Rights, Women's Rights, Indigenous Rights, and Children's Rights NOW! Xcel's "preferred route" is at the Midtown Greenway at 29th Street South and proposes to build (2) new HVTL and two new substations in the Phillips neighborhood, but Xcel is considering alternative routes to run through Corcoran, Powderhorn, Central and related neighborhoods. Cecelia Martinez from the Center for Earth Energy and Democracy ("CEED" at http://www.iatp.org/CEED/ <http://www.iatp.org/CEED/> ) will present and help us understand the Project, the potential IMPACT on our communities, and talk about SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. What can we demand from community leaders, elected officials, and Xcel to respect energy and environmental justice in our communities? Take immediate action now and submit your comments by email or U.S. mail to the Project Manager, by July 10, 2009, regarding the "Hiawatha Project" at: Bill Strom, Project Manager Minnesota Department of Commerce 85 7th Place East, Suite 500 Saint Paul, MN 55101-2198 Bill.strom [at] state.mn.us <mailto:Bill.strom [at] state.mn.us> [As long as the rich and their children are not near/affected, they could care less. Let the "inferior peoples" (ie anyone but them) bear the toxic brunt of their latest ecological crime. There are environmental criminals as near as your closest country club. -ed] --------8 of 16-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Nuke-free world 7.09 6:45pm Talk by Lisa Ledwidge: "Prospects for a Nuclear Weapons-free World" Thursday July 9, 6:45 p.m. Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701 36th Avenue North (Corner of Boone), New Hope. "What are the real prospects for a nuclear-free world and what role does nuclear energy play in this debate?" Lisa Ledwidge is the Outreach Director of the United States Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), a non-profit group that provides scientific information and analysis on environmental, energy, and security issues to policymakers, journalists, and the public. Discussion follows. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by: Northwest Neighbors for Peace. Endorsed by: WAMM. --------9 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Health care "forum" 7.09 7pm JULY 9th, 7PM HEALTH CARE um @ MN PUBLIC RADIO [MN plutocrat radio -ed] 480 Cedar Street Saint Paul, MN USA 5510 MUSST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE TO BE IN AUDIENCE--first come, first served http://www.minnesotapublicradio.org [Becuse it's MPR, it's likely to be a pretty crock of corporate manure. -ed] --------10 of 16-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: AWC new members 7.09 7pm New Members Meeting Thursday, July 9th @ 7pm @ Common Roots @ 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis* Join us for a meeting orientated for new people. We'll be discussing our plans for members who are going to Palestine this summer, upcoming anti-war events, and foreign policy news. This meeting will also begin with a teachin on Afghanistan. Organized by the Anti-War Committee. --------11 of 16-------- From: jwilson [at] enp-news.org Subject: Edgertonite 7.09 cancelled Edgertonite National Party EMERGENCY Meeting Cancellation! The meeting originally scheduled for Thu., 9 July 2009 at Blue Moon coffee shop, 3822 E. Lake St. is CANCELLED due to the National Chairman's need to attend a legal seminar for candidates at the same time. Said seminar shall be considered to be the ENP meeting for this period. To attend, please RSVP to: shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu --------12 of 16-------- The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent? by Michael Parenti Wednesday, July 8, 2009 CommonDreams.org Is President Obama innocent of the events occurring in Honduras, specifically the coup launched by the Honduran military resulting in the abduction and forced deportation of democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya? Obama has denounced the coup and demanded that the rules of democracy be honored. Still, several troubling questions remain. First, almost all the senior Honduran military officers active in the coup are graduates of the Pentagon's School of the Americas (known to many of us as "School of the Assassins"). The Honduran military is trained, advised, equipped, indoctrinated, and financed by the United States national security state. The generals would never have dared to move without tacit consent from the White House or the Pentagon and CIA. Second, if Obama was not directly involved, then he should be faulted for having no firm command over those US operatives who were. The US military must have known about the plot and US military intelligence must have known and must have reported it back to Washington. Why did Obama's people who had communicated with the coup leaders fail to blow the whistle on them? Why did they not expose and denounce the plot, thereby possibly foiling the entire venture? Instead the US kept quiet about it, a silence that in effect, even if not in intent, served as an act of complicity. Third, immediately after the coup, Obama stated that he was against using violence to effect change and that it was up to the various parties in Honduras to resolve their differences. His remarks were a rather tepid and muted response to a gangster putsch. Fourth, Obama never expected there would be an enormous uproar over the Honduras coup. He hastily joined the outcry against the perpetrators only when it became evident that opposition to the putschists was nearly universal throughout Latin America and elsewhere in the world. Fifth, Obama still has had nothing to say about the many other acts of repression attendant with the coup perpetrated by Honduran military and police: kidnappings, beatings, disappearances, attacks on demonstrators, shutting down the internet and suppressing the few small critical media outlets that exist in Honduras. Sixth, as James Petras reminded me, Obama has refused to meet with President Zelaya. He dislikes Zelaya mostly for his close and unexpected affiliation with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. And because of his egalitarian reformist efforts Zelaya is hated by the Honduran oligarchs, the same oligarchs who for many years have been close to and splendidly served by the US empire builders. Seventh, under a law passed by the US Congress, any democratic government that is the victim of a military takeover is to be denied US military and economic aid. Obama still has not cut off the economic and military aid to Honduras as he is required to do under this law. This is perhaps the most telling datum regarding whose side he is on. (His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is even worse. She refuses to call it a coup and states that there are two sides to this story.) As president, Obama has considerable influence and immense resources that might well have thwarted the perpetrators and perhaps could still be applied against them with real effect. As of now he seems more inclined to take the insider track rather than an actively democratic stance. On Honduras he is doing too little too late - as is the case with many other things he does. Michael Parenti's recent books include: Contrary Notions (City Lights); and God and His Demons (Prometheus, forthcoming). For further information, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org. --------13 of 16-------- A Class Struggle Unfolds High Stakes in Honduras By BENJAMIN DANGL July 8, 2009 CounterPunch When rallying in the streets of Tegucigalpa for the ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Alejandra Fernandez, a 23-year-old university student told a journalist why she supported Zelaya: "He raised the minimum wage, gave out free school lunches, provided milk for the babies and pensions for the elderly, distributed energy-saving light bulbs, decreased the price of public transportation, made more scholarships available for students." Others gathered around to mention the roads and schools in rural areas the president had created. "That's why the elite classes can't stand him and why we want him back," Alejandra explained. "This is really a class struggle." But it's not just because of these relatively progressive reforms that Zelaya enacted that he deserves our support. Nor is it simply because this democratically-elected leader was ousted in a repressive coup led by right-wing oligarchs and military officials trained at the infamous torture and counterinsurgency school, the School of the Americas, now known as Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, based in Georgia. He also deserves our support because he was ultimately overthrown in response to his plans to organise a popular assembly to rewrite the country's constitution. According to Central American political analyst Alberto Valiente Thoresen, Honduras's current constitution, written in 1982, "was the product of a context characterised by counter-insurgency policies supported by the US government, civil faade military governments and undemocratic policies." In an assembly made up of elected representatives from various political parties and social sectors, a new, likely more progressive and inclusive constitution could have a lasting impact on the country's corrupt politicians, powerful sweatshop owners and repressive military institutions. Many commentators have said that Zelaya sought to re-write the constitution to extend his time in office. Yet nothing indicates that that was the case. Leading up to the coup, Zelaya was pushing for a referendum on 28 June in which the ballot question was to be: "Do you agree that, during the general elections of November 2009 there should be a fourth ballot to decide whether to hold a Constituent National Assembly that will approve a new political constitution?" This non-binding referendum - not plans from Zelaya to expand his power - was enough to push right wing and military leaders to organise a coup. If the Honduran people approved the formation of a constitutional assembly in November, it would likely take years - as it did recently in Bolivia - to rewrite the document. Zelaya would not be president as he would not be running in the upcoming elections. His term in office finishes in January 2010, too short a time to complete a national assembly's rewriting of the constitution. Given that it was the call for the constituent assembly that led to the coup, it appears that the coup leaders are more worried about an assembly in which the people could re-write their own constitution, than Zelaya himself. Clearly it's the Honduran oligarchs, rather than Zelaya, who are more interested in concentrating and conserving their own power. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Zelaya in Washington today, and one development was that Costa Rica's president Oscar Arias will act as mediator for the return of Zelaya. But there still is plenty of room for improvement in the US's stance. The Obama administration should listen to Zelaya's demands rather than impose preconditions for US support. And it should avoid bullying Zelaya into dropping his plans for the new constitution, or limiting any progressive reforms he may want to enact upon returning to office. The Honduran people should decide what course Zelaya should take, not the Obama administration and certainly not any right wing junta. Although the Obama administration has been critical of the coup and relatively supportive of Zelaya, it should go much further. Some clear signs that Washington backs Zelaya would be withdrawing the US ambassador from the country, following in the footsteps of the other nations that have condemned the coup. The US should also cut off all of its aid to the rogue government, and end all military aid to the country. These actions would put pressure on the already weak military and send a clearer message to the region that, at this point, Washington is entirely against the coup, and willing to respect demands from Latin American leaders, all of whom have called for Zelaya's reinstatement. This past Sunday, after his plane was turned back upon trying to land in Honduras, Zelaya told reporters: "the United States, which has tremendous power, should take action. Specifically, the strongest government in economic matters, in aspects of the sphere of the dollar, for us is the United States. If they decide to live with the coup, then democracy in the Americas is over." Benjamin Dangl is currently based in Paraguay and is the author of "The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia" (AK Press). He edits UpsideDownWorld.org, a website on activism and politics in Latin America, and TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events. Email: Bendangl(at)gmail(dot)com. --------14 of 16-------- Gag Order Obama Hushes Health Care Advocates By LAURA FLANDERS July 7, 2009 CounterPunch Don't like the way the Wall Street bail-out turned out? It looks as if we're in for something similar regarding healthcare. With popular fury at the status quo rising and hunger for a real, public option attracting over 70 percent approval in polls, the White House is urging public-option advocates to hush. According to the Washington Post, in a pre-holiday call with half a dozen top House and Senate Democrats, Obama asked health care advocates to ratchet back their pressure for a public option. He's apparently concerned about advertisements and on-line campaigns targeting foot-dragging Democrats. We've been here before. Back in the fall and spring, when popular fury at private bankers was soaring, Washington urged liberal lobbying groups to focus more on backing the White House plan and less on attacking bankers and banks. What happened? Washington allowed Wall Street insiders, many of whom had overseen the breaking apart of the economy, to manage the so called recovery, putting most of what was rotten back in place. The re-distributions of wealth to the top continued, while civilian unemployment headed through the roof. As Barney Frank told bankers back in February, "People really hate you, and they're starting to hate us because we're hanging out with you". The health care debate is suffering from the same dynamic. Specifically, on July 4, Obama said he is hoping left-leaning organizations will rally support for "advancing legislation" that fulfills his goal of expanding coverage. But the words public option were left out. Pro-reform activists are pushing a public plan because it's popular, it's doable - and it's at least a step closer to the only thing most actually think will work - which is a totally public system. Why are they pushing so hard? Well, consider what they're up against. Pulling against anything remotely public, is the biggest lobbying blitz Washington's ever seen. The Washington Post reports that private insurers, drug companies and their representatives spent more than $126 million on lobbying in the first quarter of this year. That's over $1.4 million a day. And they've hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress to do all that lobbying work. When Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sat down with health-care lobbyists on June 10, two were his former chiefs of staff. Their aim: to minimize the "damage" in profits to insurers, hospitals and drug makers from any change in approach from government. Specifically, they oppose any even remotely public option, the details of which are right now up for debate. Want to hush the activists? The real scandal, it seems to me, shouldn't be the thousands of dollars that on-line organizers are spending on advertising to the public and Congress. The real scandal should be the millions that private insurers and pharmaceutical firms are spending infiltrating the government. If the public option lobbyists had the access Big Pharma's got, they might not need to buy all those ads. Besides - $1.4 million a day. Imagine what real-life nurses could do with that! Laura Flanders is the host of GRITtv, which broadcasts weekdays on satellite TV (Dish Network Ch. More...9415 Free Speech TV) on cable, public television and online at GRITtv.org and TheNation.com. Follow GRITtv or GritLaura on Twitter.com. --------15 of 16-------- Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change by Derrick Jensen Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Orion Magazine Common Dreams Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal "solutions"? Part of the problem is that we've been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption - changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much - and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide. Or let's talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I'm responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren't dying because the world is running out of water. They're dying because the water is being stolen. Or let's talk energy. Kirkpatrick Sale summarized it well: "For the past 15 years the story has been the same every year: individual consumption - residential, by private car, and so on - is never more than about a quarter of all consumption; the vast majority is commercial, industrial, corporate, by agribusiness and government [he forgot military]. So, even if we all took up cycling and wood stoves it would have a negligible impact on energy use, global warming and atmospheric pollution.. Or let's talk waste. In 2005, per-capita municipal waste production (basically everything that's put out at the curb) in the U.S. was about 1,660 pounds. Let's say you're a die-hard simple-living activist, and you reduce this to zero. You recycle everything. You bring cloth bags shopping. You fix your toaster. Your toes poke out of old tennis shoes. You're not done yet, though. Since municipal waste includes not just residential waste, but also waste from government offices and businesses, you march to those offices, waste reduction pamphlets in hand, and convince them to cut down on their waste enough to eliminate your share of it. Uh, I've got some bad news. Municipal waste accounts for only 3 percent of total waste production in the United States. I want to be clear. I'm not saying we shouldn't live simply. I live reasonably simply myself, but I don't pretend that not buying much (or not driving much, or not having kids) is a powerful political act, or that it's deeply revolutionary. It's not. Personal change doesn't equal social change. So how, then, and especially with all the world at stake, have we come to accept these utterly insufficient responses? I think part of it is that we're in a double bind. A double bind is where you're given multiple options, but no matter what option you choose, you lose, and withdrawal is not an option. At this point, it should be pretty easy to recognize that every action involving the industrial economy is destructive (and we shouldn't pretend that solar photovoltaics, for example, exempt us from this: they still require mining and transportation infrastructures at every point in the production processes; the same can be said for every other so-called green technology). So if we choose option one - if we avidly participate in the industrial economy - we may in the short term think we win because we may accumulate wealth, the marker of "success" in this culture. But we lose, because in doing so we give up our empathy, our animal humanity. And we really lose because industrial civilization is killing the planet, which means everyone loses. If we choose the "alternative" option of living more simply, thus causing less harm, but still not stopping the industrial economy from killing the planet, we may in the short term think we win because we get to feel pure, and we didn't even have to give up all of our empathy (just enough to justify not stopping the horrors), but once again we really lose because industrial civilization is still killing the planet, which means everyone still loses. The third option, acting decisively to stop the industrial economy, is very scary for a number of reasons, including but not restricted to the fact that we'd lose some of the luxuries (like electricity) to which we've grown accustomed, and the fact that those in power might try to kill us if we seriously impede their ability to exploit the world - none of which alters the fact that it's a better option than a dead planet. Any option is a better option than a dead planet. Besides being ineffective at causing the sorts of changes necessary to stop this culture from killing the planet, there are at least four other problems with perceiving simple living as a political act (as opposed to living simply because that's what you want to do). The first is that it's predicated on the flawed notion that humans inevitably harm their landbase. Simple living as a political act consists solely of harm reduction, ignoring the fact that humans can help the Earth as well as harm it. We can rehabilitate streams, we can get rid of noxious invasives, we can remove dams, we can disrupt a political system tilted toward the rich as well as an extractive economic system, we can destroy the industrial economy that is destroying the real, physical world. The second problemand - this is another big one - is that it incorrectly assigns blame to the individual (and most especially to individuals who are particularly powerless) instead of to those who actually wield power in this system and to the system itself. Kirkpatrick Sale again: "The whole individualist what-you-can-do-to-save-the-earth guilt trip is a myth. We, as individuals, are not creating the crises, and we can't solve them". The third problem is that it accepts capitalism's redefinition of us from citizens to consumers. By accepting this redefinition, we reduce our potential forms of resistance to consuming and not consuming. Citizens have a much wider range of available resistance tactics, including voting, not voting, running for office, pamphleting, boycotting, organizing, lobbying, protesting, and, when a government becomes destructive of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we have the right to alter or abolish it. The fourth problem is that the endpoint of the logic behind simple living as a political act is suicide. If every act within an industrial economy is destructive, and if we want to stop this destruction, and if we are unwilling (or unable) to question (much less destroy) the intellectual, moral, economic, and physical infrastructures that cause every act within an industrial economy to be destructive, then we can easily come to believe that we will cause the least destruction possible if we are dead. The good news is that there are other options. We can follow the examples of brave activists who lived through the difficult times I mentioned - Nazi Germany, Tsarist Russia, antebellum United Stateswho - did far more than manifest a form of moral purity; they actively opposed the injustices that surrounded them. We can follow the example of those who remembered that the role of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems. 2009 Orion Derrick Jensen is an activist and the author of many books, most recently What We Leave Behind and Songs of the Dead. --------16 of 16-------- -------------------- The rich belong in the very best landfill near you -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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