We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Obama's Atomic Solyndra?

Click here to access article by Harvey Wasserman from HuffingtonPost.

It's clear that capitalists are perfectly aware that atomic energy plants are a poor investment. Therefore, the solution is for working people to pay for them and to assume all the risks. When capitalists can't make a profit from an enterprise, they make the government, which they control, do it. Because cheap fossil fuels will diminish in the decades ahead, capitalists also know that their growth-imperative system cannot continue without nuclear power. Do you seriously think that they will choose to give up the system that gives them so much wealth and power?

This liberal author either doesn't understand how the One Percent rules our country or he is deliberately hiding the truth when he states:
...Obama holds the key. It's our job to make him turn it in a green direction.
A short while ago, this package was considered a done deal.
But the GOP uproar over the failed $535 million loan to the solar company Solyndra changed to context. Initiated by Bush, Republicans have made Solyndra the poster child for bad federal loans.
This is complete nonsense. It doesn't matter who lives in the White House. Republicans are making meaningless political noises over the support given to Solyndra by the Obama administration. They know that solar power cannot power their growth addicted system. Most of them will have no problem when it comes to complete taxpayer backing for future nuclear projects. And, you can be sure that petitions opposing their construction will be tossed in the garbage can. It will take much more militant forms of citizen opposition for the political operatives of the One Percent to back off. In fact, I think it will require a revolution.