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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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 & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE


This is a graphic made by our friends in the UK at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).  They are planning to use it in a media briefing to illustrate the extent of U.S.-NATO "missile defense" bases that are being created to surround Russia and China.

There can be no doubt that the U.S. (and its NATO lap dogs) are looking for trouble.  The want to create the justification for new arms races on the Earth and in space.  They know that the profits will soar for the military industrial complex as a result.  The Pentagon understands that by "containing" Russia and China in this coming period of intense competition for declining natural resources that corporate capitalism will take the "advantage".

Last night we went to the birthday party for Herschel Sternlieb in nearby Brunswick and he reminded me with great fervor that we have to call what the U.S. and NATO are doing today "total insanity".  Hersch is absolutely right.

There is a spiritual disconnection at work here - those in power are blinded by their love for money and power.  They have little to no ability to see beyond their noses - they are not able to see how their decision making affects the next seven generations.  Even Obama, who frequently talks about his two daughters, in the next breath after uttering the words climate change talks about "clean coal" and extracting the natural gas "under our feet" by fracking.

Those in power don't have the best interest of the people at heart.  They represent those who seek to control the water, our food, natural resources, and our governments.

We all must become more aware of the details behind the nice sounding phrases that come out of the mouths of politicians.  We have to become more engaged in these issues because the existence of all our relatives (all life forms) hangs in the balance.  The days of worrying about what our neighbors and co-workers think of us if we become politically active must end.  We must put our children's and grandchildren's lives above our own allegiance to the success mythology. 

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