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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 07:33 AM
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Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope
http://www.thenation.com/article/164039/letter-dead-man...

Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi,

I want to write you about an astonishing yearwith three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civil society.

I wish you could see the way that your small life and large death became a catalyst for the fall of so many dictators in what is known as the Arab Spring.

We are now in some sort of an American Fall. Civil society here has suddenly hit the ground running, and we are all headed toward a future no one imagined when you, a young Tunisian vegetable seller capable of giving so much, who instead had so much taken from you, burned yourself to death to protest your impoverished and humiliated state.



***thank you.
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PETRUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 09:18 AM
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1. This is really good.
A couple of my favorite passages:

"...disasters of the modern era that are not crises of scarcity but of distribution. The United States is now the wealthiest country the world has ever known, and has an abundance of natural resources, as well as of nurses, doctors, universities, teachers, housing and foodso ours, too, is a crisis of distribution. Everyone could have everything they need and the rich would still be rich enough, but you know that enough isnt a concept for them."

and

"Whats blocking action on climate change is whats blocking action on all the other issues that matter: it would cut into profits. Never mind the deep future, not when whats at stake is quarterly earnings."

EXACTLY.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 09:23 AM
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2. those passages caught my eye as well.
will americans ever buy that it's a distribution problem?

that maybe the PTB actually have 'wealth' that belongs to every one else?

i don't know if i have a lot of faith...
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