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  •  Hi, Doc. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm especially struck by the way that being outside the country gave you access to information that was virtually unknown inside the American media spin-machine, and how that might have influenced your beliefs for the rest of your life.  I remember how I used to sit at departmental parties at the table with the foreign grad students and postdocs, because just the three years I spent in Okinawa as a kid made me open to things they were trying to say that nobody else would listen to.  One postdoc in particular, an Italian, used to say that the American government didn't need to censor the news media, because they did that all themselves and saved the government the trouble.

    But more than that, it reminds me that this war isn't one we have to fight alone.   Occupy occupies houses against foreclosure, delivers meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy, plants gardens in the middle of cities, and sets  up free lending libraries and educational projects, and all of those are part of the fight, as are striking workers in Spain and Greece wearing Guy Fawkes masks.  The war is global, because the enemy is global and so are the consequences.  And even if we're outnumbered and overpowered here in the belly of the Beast, what we do might help someone, somewhere else to succeed, while their successes may fuel some of our own.

    Elections have so little to do with it.  Yes, I drove five hundred miles to cast my vote in Ohio because it was important to do what I could, and I was quite certain that my entire life would be screwed if the Republicans got the economy back in their hands.  But that's just barely holding a thin wall against the deluge.  The problem is so much bigger, and we need to do so much more.

    •  Yes the people in this country have a very (4+ / 0-)

      effective way of isolating themselves from the world.  It is part of their religious insanity but which is chicken and which is egg?

      I have lived and worked in Israel, France, Spain, Italy, Germany  and Holland.  The United States is a place I come back to only to have culture shock.  The sickness here can destroy the world.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 04:44:00 PM PST

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