Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Friday, October 25, 2013


I took the last trolley tour of Bath Iron Works (BIW) for the season yesterday run by the Maine Maritime Museum.  Mostly retired people, either on vacation or former BIW workers, filled the trolley for the one-hour ride through the bowels of the shipyard.  A man sitting in front of me said to his wife while parked alongside the Zumwalt "stealth" destroyer that it was " a weapon of destruction."  It was a pleasant surprise to hear those words.

The highlight of the tour was to advertise the "top secret" Zumwalt that was supposed to be blessed by Christ and launched last Saturday.  That event was cancelled due to the government "shutdown" although the workers at BIW were humming along as regular during that period.

A friend asked me how I felt seeing the inside of the place where I have protested for the past 10 1/2 years.  I told him the following:

It's quite amazing to see the incredible work that goes into building a warship; I can see how the workers feel proud of their "product" - just as I feel proud after stacking wood; It's very sad to see the wasted $$$ and human resources that go into building weapon systems that will be used to surround China and launch "preemptive" attack; With the coming severe reality of climate change (and extreme weather) it just a damned shame that they are not building rail systems, wind turbines, solar systems and other such needed things.  It breaks my heart to see the collapse of the Mayan civilization right before our eyes.

I will be down to BIW today from 3:00 - 4:30 pm to hold a sign that reads: Zumwalt Expensive Provocative.

I'm not certain how many will join me but it really doesn't matter in a way.  My message stands for itself.  Some workers inside BIW know they are on a fool’s errand.  Few of them have the courage to join with the voices of sanity in the community and around the world.  The $$$ is good, some of the best wages in Maine.  Capitalism has sold us on the notion that "me" comes first, middle and last.  Community and the greater good be damned.  Grab what you can while you can.  Most people have internalized that oppressive message.

The corporate oligarchy is arming itself to the teeth as they prepare for the final conflicts over rapidly diminishing natural resources on the planet.  The old school yard game of "King of the Hill" is playing out right here in Bath.

The Zumwalt's mission is to be the loaded gun pointed at the head of China and anyone else that tries to stand in the way of corporate global dominance.  I can't turn away from this one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are small witnesses to a massively-multiple player game of nuclear roulette that the propagandists would have us believe one player can win handily. But, as my month-long series entitled “Mosaica” starts to clarify, all international global statist parties are on the same side and are aligned against the meek, with the winners -- in theory -- being those elite wealthy types who have already constructed escape mechanisms, bunkers, submarines or space vehicles. God bless them, and us. The beginning: The denouement:

10/25/13, 2:32 PM  

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