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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Friday, April 11, 2014


This is the rail gun that will be onboard the new Zumwalt stealth destroyer that gets 'christened' on Saturday at Bath Iron Works in Maine. 

The rail gun projectile can travel at seven times the speed of sound.

It's interesting the way folks in the video get so excited about lowering the costs for these killing devices.  We are supposed to all cheer along.

It is an indication though that we are having some impact, slight as it might be, because finally the Pentagon is under serious pressure to cut costs.  But the high-tech weapons corporations want more $$$ to dream up new expensive weapons systems that will make their stockholders rich.  War is big biz.  Fuck the morality they say.

It's a rough road.  In order to keep the market humming the weapons corporate have to hype the threat.  They've been doing it here since the early days when Army soldiers, dressed as Indians burning down white pioneer homes, were used to pump up the national fear in order to keep westward expansion and weapons sales going.  These cats have it down to an art.

But most of the public sees through the lies and the deception.  Many of them though have given up hope and another lot is just waiting on the sidelines for things to look popular, or safe, to jump into the fray.

As Howard Zinn wrote, "People are practical. They want change but feel powerless, alone, do not want to be the blade of grass that sticks up above the others and is cut down. They wait for a sign from someone else who will make the first move, or the second. And at certain times in history, there are intrepid people who take the risk that if they make that first move others will follow quickly enough to prevent their being cut down. And if we understand this, we might make that first move."

The future counts on all of us.


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