June 17, 2014
LETTERS AT 3AM –
Austin Chronicle – June 13, 2014
In The Four-Gated City, Doris Lessing wrote: “In any situation anywhere there is always a key fact, an essence. But it is usually every other fact, thousands of facts, that are seen, discussed, dealt with. The central fact is usually ignored, or not seen.”
A central fact stirs little debate but sets the terms of our days.
May 7, 2012
It’s always a pleasure when you realize you have reason to go from feeling like you are the sole voice in the wilderness to realizing that you not only aren’t alone, you’re probably in the back ranks. Here it is.
I have many friends, highly educated, acutely intelligent, vividly empathetic and altruistic, who believe to the core that overpopulation is not only a conceivable problem, even an inevitable problem, but in fact an overwhelming and current problem. I think, ’tain’t so, and this article does too. It makes a couple points that are worth pondering. However, that said, it doesn’t mean I agree with everything the author says and doesn’t mean I agree with every political conclusion he draws. Still, worth reading
Global Research, May 5, 2012
April 29, 2012
After a while, an idea becomes so universally “in the air” that people forget that it isn’t obvious truth, it’s just an idea. It may be correct, it may not, but it always bears thinking about rather than accepting it as gospel. Here’s a short and somewhat quirky examination of whether the earth is really anywhere near carrying capacity. I can remember when “everybody” just knew, and said, “Bangladesh is a basket case.” Intuitively persuasive, after a while nearly automatically assumed, but as in Porgy and Bess, it ain’t necessarily so.
And if the population situation (not to beg the question by calling it a “problem” as is usually done) is not what it appears, what then of the draconian solutions some people seem so ready to adopt?
I tend to agree with what Buckminster Fuller believed long ago, there’s plenty for everyone if we want to make it work. Our future can look more like Star Trek than like Haiti.
March 24, 2012
A friend sent me the first part of this quotation from Woodrow Wilson (thanks, Wayne) and Wikipedia (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson) provided more of it:
Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.
They know that America is not a place of which it can be said, as it used to be, that a man may choose his own calling and pursue it just as far as his abilities enable him to pursue it; because to-day, if he enters certain fields, there are organizations which will use means against him that will prevent his building up a business which they do not want to have built up; organizations that will see to it that the ground is cut from under him and the markets shut against him. For if he begins to sell to certain retail dealers, to any retail dealers, the monopoly will refuse to sell to those dealers, and those dealers, afraid, will not buy the new man’s wares.
Section I: “The Old Order Changeth”, p. 13
It has become the fashion to deride Woodrow Wilson, but the more you come to know of him, the more you will admire his intelligence, his breadth of vision, his very practical idealism. Herbert Hoover, in his long retirement after his unhappy presidency, wrote an excellent book titled The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson, in which he admiriingly described the performance in office of the man who first brought Hoover to national – international — prominence.
December 30, 2011
The folk saying has it that “if it sounds too good to be true, probably it is.” OTOH, sometimes what sounds too good to be true sounds too good to be true only because many people have made it their business to make it sound too good to be true. Cases in point, from Global Research:
The World Of Free Energy
By Dr. Peter Lindemann
URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28365
December 19, 2011
If you’re going to bring the nation’s finances under control, you’re going to have to bring under control the single most out-of-control part of the national budget, and that’s the military. In our descent toward empire since November, 1963, “we the people of the United States” have lost all control over the military, and the result is not only intervention everywhere, sometimes on the flimsiest of pretenses, but looming bankruptcy.
Some people think that the problem of unemployment or underemployment would be worse without massive military spending, but economic theory is quite clear that the repair expenditures that follow a rock breaking a window do not add to the total wealth, but divert it, forcing someone to spend on repairs what s/he otherwise would have had available to spend for other things, or invest. Spending doesn’t make one richer unless the spending is in the form of a productive investment.
Thinking about that argument sent me looking for an Eisenhower quotation about excessive military spending I remembered he had made very early in his presidency, and via Google I found this interesting website —
December 17, 2011
OCCUPY THE FUTURE
– Austin Chronicle – December 16, 2011
“I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.”
The person who created that sign in Zuccotti Park put her or his anonymous finger on the heartbeat of Occupy.
Many wonder what Occupy stands for and why Occupy has not made specific demands – as though it’s not enough that, in Occupy’s brief existence, its participants have emblazoned the difference between the 1% and the 99% upon the consciousness of America. As my longtime colleague Ginger Varney said, “They’ve changed the conversation.”