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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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


This brillant young journalist really connects the dots between growing rape culture and the larger issues.  Rape women, children, the Mother Earth - it all speaks to our spiritual disconnection.  And I believe that spiritual "deficit" is directly connected to how the consumerist culture has indoctrinated us to turn off our feeling button - because in order to create the endless consumer culture the Earth must be raped of every "needed resource".  It's a blindness to ever grinding economic growth and the obvious consequences.

Our souls have been hollowed out in this whole process and we've forgotten what it means to be human.  Humans are just commodities now too, so our embedded minds have been filled with a basic hatred of each other.  Thus we are able to rob, occupy, kill, and extract with virtually no conscience.

What is the way out?  In the midst of the political action that is necessitated in all of this is the equally important need to rediscover our humanity - and a humility about our place on this planet.  We are just one damn strand in this web of life and have no right to be so arrogant.  Our impacts on the rest of the living world are so devastating.  Native voices remind us that we must live in harmony with all other living beings.  Rape culture breaks that bond.


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