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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Are we too competitive?

 


Are we too competitive, 
dog-eat-doggers?
 
Toes on the line,
keep your nose clean,
don't rock the boat,
climb the corporate ladder.
 
Every person,
every organization
for themselves?
 
Some reject this system
but I wonder
how many of us
have internalized
the hyper-competition model
even as we resist capitalism?
 
Do our movements
compete with one another,
helping to keep us isolated
sadly ineffective,
and under corporate control?
 
Compete for money,
media coverage,
volunteers,
'Likes on Fazebook'?
 
Dreams of grandeur,
a spot near the top.
 
Our egos
take a ride
on the cloud of hope.
 
The system
is deeply embedded
in us.
 
Is it possible
to question,
and defeat
institutionalized
Madison Avenue-brand
three-piece suit
fascism?
 
Slavery 
by another 
name.
 
Are we 
too competitive
to come together?
 
Can I take the log
out of my own eye?
 
Bruce 

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