[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)

Lion Kimbro <lionkimbro at gmail.com> on Mon Sep 17 11:45:10 PDT 2007

  Sympathizing with Ian, (wealth distribution IS a problem,
  in my book,) and agreeing substantially with Jeff Bone,
  I want to chip in:

  * The problems of racism, sexism, classism, nationalism,
    economy, environment, government, and a host of other problems, ...
  * ...are so vast, so distributed, so inter-connected, that
    no single inquiry or plan can possibly strike all elements.

  * Rather, only a global mass movement,...
    (not a single relief-aid effort, community building exercise,
     or even community-corporate-government cooperation ...)
    ... has the power
    to resolve our inter-connected problems.

  * This means precisely the opposite of all people everywhere
    thinking the same way, and getting on the same page.
  * It is *BECAUSE* the problems are distributed and web-like,
    that the answers and response must be distributed and web-like.

  * So what does this mean?
  * Swear allegience to Life, more complicated & interwoven
    & enormous than any individual's brain can wrap their
    theories or heart around, ...
  * ...and then get connected with efforts to work on or resolve
    things in the various spheres you can help with.

  This is what I have come up with, to date.

  Take care,
    Lion =^_^=

On 9/15/07, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> On Sep 15, 2007, at 1:50 PM, Ian Andrew Bell wrote:
> > I'm not anti-American.  My very best friend is an American (albeit,
> > living in Brussels).  I lived there for a tumultuous four years.
> >
> > What I am attempting to alert readers to is the accelerating
> > decline of American (and American-style) civilization, the blame
> > for which can be laid largely at the feet of America's wealthy and
> > greedy.
> No Ian, I'm going to call shenanigans on you here.  The "wealthy and
> the greedy" aren't popping caps in each uda's ass every other day,
> for the most part, apropos your little pot shot at guns.
> Look, you're right that we have a problem.  Almost every other part
> of your thesis is wrong or incoherent, though.
> Those who have achieved wealth, and those who want things, are always
> too-easy scapegoats.  You need to dig deeper than that, though.
> If I had the answer, I'd be busy fixing things.  But I don't, and you
> don't, and I'm not sure that anybody's even formulated the problem
> clearly enough to really address.  America's sick --- and we can't
> even identify the disease that's killing us.  It's more like a
> syndrome, a collection of co-factors and related, cascading and self-
> reinforcing failures.
> And don't think Canada --- or any country, for that matter --- is
> long-term immune.
> And while we're at it, get over being "mad" at America.  If anybody's
> got a right to be "mad" at America --- it's Americans, dammit!
> Snooty Canadians committing category error don't do anything to
> *help* the situation. ;-)
> jb
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