by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 20, 2013
Joe Sacco and I spent two years reporting from the poorest pockets of the United States for our book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” We went into our nation’s impoverished “sacrifice zones”—the first areas forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace—to show what happens when unfettered corporate capitalism and ceaseless economic expansion no longer have external impediments. We wanted to illustrate what unrestrained corporate exploitation does to families, communities and the natural world. […]
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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Beautifully and brilliantly written Mr Hedges, Kudos!
The one shining light I see in this is the ability to leverage the same technologies our oppressors use against us.
For instance, I came across this very interesting application named BUYCOTT. This application permits a user to scan a product barcode and determine if the company or product are offensive to any cause the user may find offensive, i.e. GMO’s.
I am still determining if this database is accurate, but my hopes are high. Can you imagine if we were to take handfuls of little red GMO labels with us to the store and marked up all of the product created by companies that are against GMO labeling?
It’s a start…
Thanks, Gregory, however, GMOs are not labeled in the barcodes. So, how would this work? “Offensive” is a rather subjective word. Does the individual user program it for personal use?
The only way to truly know you are not consuming GMOs is to buy organic, grow it yourself, or buy directly from a farmer that you know and ask if he/she is using Monsanto products.
There are some food items to avoid to reduce your likelihood of eating GMOs such as corn including HFCS, soy, canola, etc.
The real enemy is restriction, but the greater resistance is to recognize our own inertia. We not only dwell within artificially imposed and illegitimate corporate enclosures, but in habitual enclosures of our own making ~ mental, emotional and psychological enclosures.
Nature is free; living nature cooperates, through co-creation and mutual communication.
Let’s hear it for three “c’s” ~ communicate, cooperate and co-create.
Bucky Fuller said: “I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the universe.”
So why don’t we do just that of which we are capable, even if we don’t know it yet? We learn by doing, organize for life!