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Reading I.F. Stone on Earth Day: Why We Still Won’t Get Anywhere Unless We Connect the Dots


Reading I.F. Stone on Earth Day: Why We Still Won’t Get Anywhere Unless We Connect the Dots

Naomi Klein

One week ago, I was honoured to receive an “Izzy Award” for “outstanding achievement in independent media and journalism.” The annual award, which this year also went to David Sirota for his groundbreaking investigations into political corruption in the U.S. pension system, is named after the great muckraker I.F. Stone (“Izzy” to his friends).


We are the dots that must be connected, but that is not happening quickly enough to help. People are still picking at each other’s groups because they can’t clearly see the sources of their fears. all the " outstanding achievement" awards awarded everywhere only serve to enhance the status of the recipients and flatter them into thinking they’re accomplishing something when, as with the rest of us, they aren’t doing anywhere near enough to have any real affect.


When I was in college in 1970 zero population growth, appropriate technology and other approaches to solving eco crisis were widely discussed in an out of class…there was even an appropriate technology club on campus.

By the time Ronny Raygun won the presidency in 1980 anybody discussing zpg, at and the like was looked upon as a heretic.

Since overpopulation and unregulated, unquestioned technology are big profit centeers, Wall Street and Madison Avenue made sure that such real solutions that could not be criminalized at least became antisocial.

The Wall Street dot can be connected to every problem we face, economic and environmental.


Gosh, that speech would today fit more than not. How was Nixon’s budget so different from Obama’s?

Oh, yeah, Obama demands even more for the war mongering cults.

He is still on regarding the pollutions of our political climate being the most toxic pollutions of all we daily ingest.

There is no left left. And the Obamas & Clintons rule the dregs of a democratic party that is now a Wall Street Puritans Party. Oh, yeah, they let Warren & Merkley & Brown & F-35 Boondoggle Bernie stick around, and, therefore that proves the democrats love the left of which there isn’t any left.


Thanks for the link, as a commentor there says: "impressive curriculum vitae of a self-exterminating species.

Another line from Beazley says: “You can blame capitalism, big banks and monstrous corporate conspiracies for the near term collapse of life on earth, but these things could not exist without us…”

Most of ‘us’ perhaps but not all, some choose to live a life of non-compliance, to fly under the radar, to use their energy growing healthy food and healthy children who understand that real wealth isn’t measured in money.

Unfortunately in the past decades many folks started to believe they had a stake in capitalism. They ‘invested’ in mutual funds, they accepted the logic of defined contribution pension plans, they used their credit cards to buy needless crap again and again because they deserved it. Now they must turn their eyes and their minds away from the grotesque obscenities of consumer capitalism lest they are forced to admit what Pogo said on the 1st Earth Day: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Consumers fear their imaginary wealth would disappear if vampire capitalism were to crumble and they’d be forced to do the hard work it takes to live a truly sustainable life.

The capitalist vampires live on the blood of the compliant. The only viable divestment strategy on Earth Day, and every day, is to divest in every aspect of capitalism, to refuse to comply. Turn on, tune in and drop out is still the best advice.


Stuck in victim psychology, that of disempowerment and isolation precludes dot connecting.

Either we are Caesar or we are minion.


Justice is irrelevant without a livable planet

And a livable planet is impossible without justice


Connect the dots with “i and i” and you get idiots…