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Is This the Hill You Want to Die On?

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This phrase has become popular lately. The implication is usually that whatever it is you are fuming over is not worth it. But–is ANYTHING worth making it that hill?

First of all, I would like to look at the language. I like to think in terms of things I LIVE for, not that I would die for. And there are a great many things in that basket. Love, beauty, good friends, the natural world, the critters, good food, work that I can love, curiosity over what makes it all tick, the future for our children and their children, and so much more. We all have a list like this. It is what keeps us going.

The thing is, there are strong forces trying to destroy all of these things. It started with a misrepresentation of Adam Smith and John Locke and other enlightenment philosophers. This was used by politicians, media, and most importantly, the plutocrats to create a corrupt modernity whose chief feature is capitalism unbound. And it is killing us all.

Given these circumstances, it is clear what hill I am willing to die on. The war for the future of our species and much more is upon us. I know where my honor lies. I hope that there are enough of us.

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Is America Civilized?

December 30, 2017 3 comments

The American EagleThis government is free to behave any way it wants. It’s a rough unfair world, and there are plenty of terrible governments that rule by might alone. This government is free to enforce the wants of the very rich at the expense of the poor. It is free to wage war on the world, and to spy on everyone in the name of national security. It is free to force environmental degradation on its own people in the form of fracking, GMOs and a myriad of other practices¬†that poison our land for the profit of the few. It is free to let policies stand that create an ever-widening income inequality. It is free to destroy the social safety net, and to abrogate the entire social contract.

006aBut–if is does so, it must give up the right to call itself a civilized nation. Under the present regime (going back about 30 years) we are a savage third world country pretending to be a rich and civilized country. Our very rich are as out of control as the French aristocrats just prior to the revolution. Those who want to privatize America (and a privatized world) are winning, and no one in power is putting up much of a fight.

And yet our rulers (both in the government and in the trans-national corporations) still use the story that we are the premier democracy and the light of the world. Let’s admit that this is a lie. We are an oligarchical plutocracy waging a imperial war on the world, using economics where possible, and force of arms where “necessary”. In short, we are no longer fit to sit at the table with the true civilized world.


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