Am I the only one who finds this news alarming? Just when Vets are beginning to recognize their common cause with the rest of the 99%, they are to be bought off by the DHS? Just the name of this gestapo organization makes me puke. Whose “homeland,” when millions of people are homeless? What “Security,” when TSA agents force us to choose between sexual molestation and radiation?
Re: the Vets who might be tempted to work for the expanding octopus arms of this despicable “department,” I totally understand. They’ve lost years of their lives, an enormous number of them suffer from PTSD or physical war wounds, many have not just themselves but families with children to support, and their unemployment rate is even more dismal than that of the rest of the increasingly destitute multitude of Americans who can no longer “find work.”
Who among us is not susceptible to succumbing to “whatever it takes to keep food on the table”?
Who among us has not had that phrase drummed into us since we were children: “money is the bottom line.”
The point is, we need to remember what we’re doing as we re-occupy our full selves. We are creating a new world, not a “new world order” but a new/old restoration of the way the natural world really works, and we need to occupy that world, plunking ourselves down here, right here, on the ground, learning from nature through “biomimicry,” observing and experimenting and cooperating with natural systems and their constant interlacing, regenerating flows, everything cast off by one species picked up by another — and all without the use of artificial “money” to keep it going.
Money, for those who live in communion with each other and the natural world, is simply not necessary. Nobody should have to “work” (as a wage slave) just to “make ends meet.” The ends meet everywhere, all natural systems are circular, spiralling, and deeply, authentically abundant. There’s plenty for everybody. Permaculture, and other bio-intensive systems can feed the world. Homes can be like beehives, housing entire communities, energy can be generated in many ways, none of them involving the depletion of finite resources. Pay attention to the many ways in which low-tech, intensely engaging and creative thrival, not just survival, is being demonstrated in what is increasingly being called the “occupied territories.”
Frankly, I hope that yesterday’s news that creamained body parts of their fellow soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan were routinely dumped in a landfill might give returning vets pause before they swallow hard and join the federal government’s beefed-up internal army to squash the 99%.
|November 9, 2011 |
Kimberly Dvorak, San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner
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