Janet McCauley . . .
The legacy of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), twenty years after implementation, is one of environmental degradation and corporate dominance. Governments on the verge of signing similar agreements—both the Transpacific (TTP) and Transatlantic (TTIP) trade deals— ought to take a "page out of the history books and stop negotiating trade pacts that gut protections for our air, water, land, workers and communities," said Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program.But governments are not going to do that. The fundamental purpose of these "trade deals" is to gut protections for our air, water, land, workers and communities in order to maximize corporate profits. That's the whole point. The CEO's know it, their stockholders know it, the politicians know it. They're peddling their lies about "free trade" and they always will, but this new report has exposed NAFTA's deadly legacy for all to see.
The powerful corporate interests that control the politicians we keep reelecting have never been so dominant, so corrupt, so dangerous, so brazen in their contempt for democracy and economic equality. And what has the Left been able to do about it?
But this fight isn't over yet.
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States . . .
To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic, it is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Remember those times and places.
When people behaved magnificently.
I have yet to see a magnificent pie fight. Here or anywhere else. Can we maybe stop having them? What do they accomplish? Let's interact like human beings should interact, let's raise the level of discourse at Daily Kos, let's show everyone everywhere how it's done. Let's remember who we are and what we stand for, let's send a unified message to the politicians who keep claiming they represent us . . .
You no longer know me, my name you’ve forgotten, I'm nothing to you, just another voice to ignore. But my name has been written in all of the languages, in all of the songs that have ever been sung, it’s survived and endured, through your stock market crashes and austerity binges, through your chronic corruption, your "trade deals" and your wars. It’s been written before, it will be written again, in the skies of America, in the skies above Europe, in the skies above Asia, in the skies of the East and the skies of the West.
You no longer see me, you’re blind and corrupted, I'm just a shadow to you with no face and no name. But the poor and the hungry, the poets and artists, the writers of history know who I am.
I am the People. I am the Future.
I am their Liberty. That is my name.
Tell them that. With one voice.
Keep the faith, our day is coming.
It's coming because old media is busy dying, new media is busy being born.
It's coming because apathy is busy dying, activism is busy being born.
It's coming because their old world is busy dying, our new world is busy being born.
Solidarity. Live it and speak it and think it and breathe it . . .