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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. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Saturday, January 21, 2023

America is a political wasteland



On Thursday night eight of us stood with signs for an hour during the 5-6 pm drive time in Portland, Maine. It was fairly cold but the snowstorm that was on its way did not hit until late into the night.

We got a fair bit of positives and a couple boisterous negatives. But once again the vast majority of people just pass by with a blank look on their faces.

Maybe they've swallowed the corporate media line and think we are nuts. Or they agree with us but are far too timid to express anything. Or maybe they are just dumbed down and confused.

Earlier in the day four of us gathered during the noon hour in Brunswick (25 miles north of Portland) to do our weekly 'No war with Russia' vigil that has been underway here since mid-February of 2022.

The response rate in Brunswick has steadily been 15-20% positive reaction with very few negs. Again, mostly the blind and dazed folks pass us by with no reaction.

I love being on the street with signs - little censorship is possible in those moments. I can share my own thoughts with the many zooming by - and most of them at least read it. 

During my early years of organizing (1980s-1990s) we could actually get some mainstream media coverage of our protests. They routinely printed our letters in the paper. These days it is a different story and I am certain you all witness that as well.

RT reported days ago that some 48% of respondents (from 9 EU nations) surveyed by pollster Euroskopia said they wanted Kiev to compromise for the sake of peace. This is a step in the right direction. 

Sadly the people here in the US are not so far along. (Only 33% in the US believe Washington is “doing too much” to help Kiev, a Quinnipiac survey has found.) The likely reason is that the Dems are currently in power. We should also not forget that the US coup in Kiev was engineered in 2014 by the Obama-Biden administration. And Biden has now amped it up to the point that inquiring minds fear nuclear war could result in a desperate US-NATO Hail Mary attempt to save their misbegotten proxy war.

The bi-partisan political hacks that carry water for the war-mongers in Washington will keep this war going as long as possible. Lots of US-NATO weapons being shipped to Ukraine must of course be replaced. So says the military industrial complex.

The Washington-London-Brussels-Berlin-Paris goal is to turn Ukraine into another long-term chaotic war zone like Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan. Big agriculture corps are grabbing up the fertile land in Ukraine for planting GMOs. Most of Europe bans bio-engineered food as does Russia. So Ukraine's geography is a 'nice acquisition' for Monsanto and Cargill.


NATO war games increasingly being held along the Norway-Russia border


And of course while all the fighting is going on US-NATO are upping their game in the Arctic zone which western resource extraction corps are drooling over. They are quietly moving lots of weapons into northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. The real prize the pirate west is after is of course Russia's vast resource base. They just can't help themselves - these western neo-cons must control everything on the planet or they go ballistic. They are indeed psychopaths. 

Our Maine Senator (so-called 'Independent') Angus King is big on the US grabbing control of the Arctic. He sees big shipping business for northern Maine as the ice melts. Sen. King just returned from his pilgrimage to Kiev to stand in awe of the 'great war time leader' Zelensky. In an interview King called Vladimir Putin the new 'Hitler'. 

With an attitude like that you can't do nothing but fight WW 3. Sen. King has long been a corporate agent - and is very mean spirited despite his charming demeanor.

Thus for me my best option for reaching the people is to stand on the corner with a sign. 



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