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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Do We Have a Sustainable Future?

Along the rocky coast of Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea before the blasting began and concrete was poured to build a Navy base that will be used by the US to target China.  The Koreans are paying for the base as part of the Pentagon strategy to 'off load' the growing costs of American military empire onto the colonized hosts where US forces are deployed.  See an article on this very subject here

  • I am back to work in the office catching up on Global Network administrative tasks and preparing for a trip to New York City to speak at a conference called Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth this coming weekend. Mary Beth is coming along and we'll take the train from Boston to get there.  I am honored to have been invited to speak at this event, organized by Jerry Mander, and look forward to hearing from loads of leading scholars, authors and activists.  My piece of the pie will be to share the story about full spectrum dominance by the US using space warfare technology.  I'll end the talk with another appeal for conversion of the war machine.

  • Another memory flash from our peace walk through Maine is a guy (about 40) who was selling apples and cider along a rural road.  He turned out to be a veteran of past US wars and told me, "I'm fucking sick of war."  He gave us a free bag of apples as well.  

  • We just have no political power to make our 'majoritarian' peace view a reality in Washington.  So we need to turn to our moral and spiritual power to stand against war.  It's our last best hope.

  • Our movements (in most countries) are heavily balkanized, split apart, each working on their own issue and safely guarding their territory (donations, volunteers, media contacts, etc).  It's the business model in action.  Competition even at the grassroots level for 'power' with our natural allies.  It's not the best approach.

  • In his book called The Education of Little Tree, author Asa Earl Carter wrote: "Gramma said when you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you can find; that way the good spreads out where no telling it will go.  Which is right."

  • Our only hope for survival on this planet is to end competition now and turn to cooperation as our primary operating ethic.  Only through cooperation can we find a sustainable future.


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