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  •  Excellent diary, dengre, (25+ / 0-)

    Still, I am wondering about something powerful though beyond our borders.

    I wrote a diary on Gandhi and as I finished I realized that the same colonial powers we threw off in 1776 were back, and that it is an international power elite we are facing.

    What are your thoughts?

    Let's break our dependence on foreign goods and our multinational masters. Shop American. May Peace Prevail

    by revgerry on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 09:46:42 PM PST

    •  The drive to steal the labor of others (37+ / 0-)

      Is a very old drive and a very old struggle. Ghandi fought it as did the folks in 1776. So did the folks in 1875 when recently freed blacks fought to keep their gains in the face of a massive white supremacist terrorism. When I get tired of the struggle I think of those folks, recently freed from slavery, realizing that the road to freedom would stretch past their lifetimes, and who still had the courage to keep on fighting. We can do no less even as we move through a Confederate version of 'Groundhog Day'.


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      by dengre on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 10:05:08 PM PST

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      •  Slavery seems to be an unyielding facet of all (1+ / 0-)
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        civilizations.  While we still have various degrees of slavery inside our borders, the main propellant of so called "globalization" is the availability of slave labor outside our borders.  Sadly, we have more slaves embedded in our economy now than ever before - except that they're "over there", or incarcerated out of sight.  And because we don't know how to extract ourselves and survive, or don't care, we all make undeniable convenience of that fact.  It doesn't help to be smug about one's status as a "free" state.  After all, slavery in the South and elsewhere was but one essential corner of a triangulation arrangement whereby the South's "cheap" cotton was shipped to the Northern mills, many of whose products were shipped to Europe with the otherwise empty ships then returning to Africa for a return "cargo".

        99+% of our genetically inherited human "socal contract" was formed by life "on foot" and the various scales of existence imposed by that condition.  When agriculture allowed us to burst out of our respective forests some 15,000 or so years ago (genetically speaking, an "eye-blink"), we did not simultaneously acquire the next "sense" to manage the massive scales of societal activity that that eventually brought about.  The senses we do have are not very helpful when decisions that impinge on the social contract are made beyond the "reach" of our sensory inheritance.  We move too fast to see, touch and smell what we must in order to live properly, and safely.  We've broken both the time and space restraints that Nature imposed on us.  This is, I believe, the Era of The Fall that is metaphorically described in the texts of the "great" mega-religions that sprang up during this breakout period.

        Nature does in fact bat last and is, at this time, projecting an imposing presence at the plate; global warming and peak oil being only two of the recent shots over the wall she's clobbered us with.

        We have to stop "needing" slavery to survive.  One very partial solution that's within reach of most of us is to begin growing at least some of our own food and to do anything else to begin the process of provisioning ourselves, locally.  That suggests one hell of an agenda.


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