Wonderful summary of our amazing ability, again and again, to consolidate wealth and power into the hands of a few and who,over a few centuries, proceWonderful summary of our amazing ability, again and again, to consolidate wealth and power into the hands of a few and who,over a few centuries, proceed to waste it all away, again and again. Great review and documentation....more
I went to make a public comment at a DOE Shale Gas Subcommittee hearing in DC and pulled this book off my shelf of historical, mindful commentary to rI went to make a public comment at a DOE Shale Gas Subcommittee hearing in DC and pulled this book off my shelf of historical, mindful commentary to read on the train. I fooled around with my Facebook and email on the way. I made my comments to the hearing and on the way back, pulled out Points of Rebellion and began to read. I had forgotten!
At the hearing were representatives of the BLM, Dept. of the Interior, Indian Affairs, EPA. The chairman, of course, was a likeable professor from MIT, former head of the CIA, knowledgeable and a good moderator. After a few pages, I just about jumped up and began asking my fellow passengers to WAKE UP! READ THIS BOOK! Sadly, I didn't. Changing the dates and the names of the actors cited by Douglas that parallel those of today would be a waste of time!
In Douglas's day, it was about leasing public lands to cattlemen and oil companies. It was about building a wasteful, but essential war economy, eroding civil liberties through illegal FBI data gathering and record-keeping, putting people out of work through technology, anticipation of the rust belt, and the inevitable boom-bust cycle of burning up resources, running out and searching for more -- or alternatives. The testimony by government lackeys in the pay of already rich oil companies and cattlemen in 1969 was very comforting. After all, the world was starving and a good sirloin steak right off the grill was just the ticket to eradicate poverty.
Today, of course, it's paralleled by ANWR, offshore and public lands out west, Patriot Acts, 9/11 anxiety building to support a $600billion war budget, putting people out of work with robots, ignorance about the rust belt and the inevitable boom-bust cycle of burning up resources, the search for more -- or alternatives. AND, we are assured by the comforting testimony of corporate financed government lackeys, the 25,000 gas wells already punched in ND and the open offshore sites are safe and unlimited.
Meanwhile, Douglas's optimism in the young people, their awareness and fearless pursuit of the truth promised a more just, caring and sustainable world. (That happened!) And the young people in the Occupy movements today will be our tireless advocates and agents of change, just like I and my generation were. (That'll happen!)
"We must realize that today's Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution." -- Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, William O. Douglas, 1969...more
Just like the intro says, it's a refutation of the reasons for our pursuit of war AND the incredible and illogical addiction that we, our neighbors, "Just like the intro says, it's a refutation of the reasons for our pursuit of war AND the incredible and illogical addiction that we, our neighbors, "enemies", corporations, legislators and executives have for it. It stimulates thinking about the awful waste and ignorance we abide as citizens, eg,
How to stop the Afghan War: If we BOUGHT all the poppy/opium crop directly from Afghani farmers (costing us about
~$60,000,000,000 / YEAR == $175,000,000 / DAY)
would take 2/3rds of the world's heroin supply off the market and infuse the Afghan economy with an enormous supply of money. It would increase the market price of street heroin world-wide. Demand would create an enormous increase in price and become highly visible to world-wide law enforcement and make heroin virtually inaccessible to the street addict. IT WOULD ALSO ADDICT THE AFGHAN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT to the US wallet rather than fear of the US gun. It would be much easier to sell legally than to pay off thugs.
US war spending is about
~$500,000,000 / DAY
right now on our operations, support of our troops, our troops, and fuel in Afghanistan. That's money that can't be spent on education, health care, research, social services and "infrastructure" here in the US, let alone for humanitarian work elsewhere in the world. ...more
An inviting introduction to modern, metropolitan India with universal lessons about relationships, cultural differences, and self-reflection ... and iAn inviting introduction to modern, metropolitan India with universal lessons about relationships, cultural differences, and self-reflection ... and interesting story-telling of a wonderful story....more