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  •  The smokestack story is telling (1+ / 0-)
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    Peace Missile

    but that story encapsulates the same critique I have of OWS.

    Yes.. people came together to stop the demolition last year.  Great... but what was their plan?  Do these natives and activists actually want a decrepit shuttered paper mill and a toxic asbestos-laded smoke stack sitting on that site?  If the demolition was done with adequate safeguards would that be acceptable?  Would a gold course be okay since it would block development and prevent any kind of fracking or resource extraction on the land?  Isn't there a concern about a decaying industrial mill leaking contaminants into the lake or water table?  

    Did they propose a result or goal that would embody what the communities want or did they just say "No.  Not that!" and walked away convinced that their hard-fought-for delay was actually a victory?  

    Those companies all have goals and objectives.  Things that may very well have some benefit to the community.  A marina.. a golf course.. a new business.... something.  They are probably biased in their assessment of the benefits compared to the costs, but these are actual forward-looking plans that they can submit to local governments and investors.

    OWS has all 1,000,001 of its hearts in the right place and a lot of justified anger on their side.  They point at Wall Street and say "No.  Not that!" (and with good reason) but what are they proposing?  What is their own idea that they are willing to put before the people?

    "THIS would be a better way to do this" is an idea.  "There has to be a better way to do this" is just griping, regardless of how justified the gripe.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:30:26 AM PDT

    •  The smokestack story is telling (0+ / 0-)

      In the present instance, the plan of the landowner has appeared to be the creation of a scrapyard and/or toxic waste dump.  It was his haste to demolish the asbestos-covered smokestack that filled the Occupy Muskegon members with alarm.  He bought the parcel of land from the previous owner under shady conditions including an undertaking not to investigate the mixture of chemicals dumped into the ground there over the course of many years.  OM was moving to forestall what might be the development of one of the biggest toxic waste dumps in the Midwest.  By the way, more than 3/4 of the site did not even exist 100 years ago.  It was enlarged by the dumping of miscellaneous wastes into Muskegon Lake.  That's right--until about the 1970's you could create your own prime waterfront industrial real estate simply by dumping junk in the lake!  In other words, legalized theft.

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