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April 28, 2015

Anti-Politics and Anti-Science Go Hand in Hand

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From “Colombia Ministry of Health recommends immediate ban on Roundup spraying of coca crops
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“The recommendation was made just hours after the US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield, defended the use of glyphosate and gave assurances in an interview with the local radio station Caracol Radio that the herbicide does not cause cancer as indicated by the WHO.”
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I remember well the Bush years, and the earnest lamentations of liberal/Democrat types deploring the callousness of administration hacks who cared nothing for human and environmental health or for science.
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Funny how completely dead that line has gone since Obama came in.
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Of course we see examples like this every day, everywhere we look, since the corporate state is the corporate state, no matter which of the two tribes comprising the Corporate One-Party is nominally in power.
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We must always keep in mind this intersection of the twin nihilisms, “scientific” and “political”, among those who support corporate rule. In both cases we have an abdication (of any kind of science community; of participatory citizenship) and an aggressive propaganda and coercion campaign, against science, and against political participation, and on behalf of corporatized “science” and “representative” politics.
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Therefore the necessary minimums for a human freedom and vitality movement are, negatively, the abolition of corporate power, and affirmatively, the redemption of science and politics, restoring these to the people who can be their only true and legitimate grounding.

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3 Comments

  1. It is almost laughable to see partisan-types turn right around and support something they were formerly opposed to until “their” guy supports it. Like when they try to convince me that a total buffoon is a candidate of substance.

    Comment by DualPersonality — April 28, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

    • It goes to show that:

      1. Liberals are just a kind of conservative, and the only difference between the two broad types of conservative is personal style and taste. That, along with how they were raised, decides whether they support the Democrat flavor or the Republican flavor of the Corporate One-Party.

      2. They’re all supporters of organized crime. Not “weak” or “spineless” or anything like that (they are those things also, but not in the sense usually talked about), but affirmative criminals and supporters of crime. The average German of the 1930s had less access to knowledge and far fewer alternatives available than today’s Good Germans, so it follows that today’s are more willing and ardent than the 1930s version.

      3. For most of them it’s not even political, but apolitical and anti-political celebrity cultism. And as you say, what inferior, mediocre, bottom-feeding, criminal slime they choose to exalt – Obama, the Bushes, the Clintons. It’s quite a reflection on their own human quality.

      Comment by Russ — April 29, 2015 @ 7:20 am

  2. It’s been a while since I’ve been here…
    You know, in France, for more than 34 years, since I first got here, the only vision of the U.S. presented is the.. party line of the triumphant North, which, incidentally, has given us… corporate power in the INDUSTRIAL WAY OF LIFE…(Suggested reading : Henry Miller’s “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare”, from way back in the late 40’s ? early 50’s ? when he already saw… a lot of the writing on the wall. The.. true prophet being, of course, Tocqueville who gets a straight A for HIS clairvoyance on the future of… democracy…)
    My brother, who lives in the U.S. (in the West) and I can no longer talk about politics, or.. religion.
    Funnily enough, it is often he who starts in on the subject, talking about the “right wing idiots” who bash science, are evil, ignorant people, etc.
    And I POLITELY remind him that he has… crossed the Maginot line where we have mutually agreed that we should not engage in order to avoid skirmishes ? war ?
    Over 30 years away from the U.S., and the common denominator for what I see happening in France AND in the U.S. is… the death of politeness as a value.
    I think that politeness as a value is the.. King ? Queen of all values.
    Has this been brought on by the Internet ?
    By our… collective need to rub some of that.. POLISH/varnish off ourselves in order to feel more alive ?
    Hard to tell.
    The unfortunate thing is that not only the polish is rubbing off, the capacity of thinking in nuances is going down the drain, too.
    In France we say “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”.
    Wishful thinking… I guess the baby has to go out with the bath water.
    That must be… human nature.

    Comment by Debra — June 24, 2015 @ 2:22 pm


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