"LABOR INTENSIVE." “Labor intensive” is a choice populations should make on behalf of their economies…nation by nation. Two and a half thousand F-35s will create some jobs, but if THE PEOPLE decide (rightly) $1.5 trillion could do something else providing vastly more jobs, then the people need to ACT on getting a representative in there that’ll do something about it. Same goes for up-grading old nuclear weapons…“some” jobs at roughly same cost. Another problem with these projects is that both up the ante germane to certain perspective-frames that could end up blowing us all to hell.
What makes democracies better…what makes pluralism better…is that the direction a nation travels is subject to a less cenralized decision making process. If a nation travels only in a direction to beef up plutocratic-run businesses (like Lockheed Martin or Wall Street’s), its SECURITY starts to head down the tubes. Sort of paradoxical in the case of Lockheed Martin, but nevertheless true. Bear with me…this situation of ours engenders something like a frame of mind wherein one could imagine in the next moment pulling out ones hair. By chance, can you relate?
Populations come to realizations. In 1848 some realized they were being victimized by industry. In the 1890s farmers in the US came to the realization they were being victimized by Washington and railroad monopolies [THAT is populism, not Trump]. Later on down the road the upshot of more education was that people began to think about how they were victimized in terms of propaganda, which turned out to be bigly a matter of psychology. That’s why their concern over subliminal advertising during the 60s (even if “possibly” a little overboard at times) was IMO just as significant as the realization regarding how the misguided Vietnam War victimized. IOW the realizations were starting to get deeper. It never happens that, during one of these waves of realization, everything about humanity and the universe dawns on folks. Never.
Common Dream readers, please forgive this tangent–> I am a little tired of trying to argue for a labor intensive economy on facebook. In the future I may attempt to make sure at least a bigger number of folks who are concerned enough to lay down their thoughts somewhere [possibly as many as 3]…at least see what I have to say (not that they’ll read it). Thus, I may make whatever comment at Common Dreams first. And after I say it at Common Dreams, I may share that comment with facebook friends. If I only share my comment and not the article-link, and you want to check out the article, look for the little phrase in hyperlink-blue “Back to full article” at top of Comments page under the exerpt from article.
Paul Verhaeghe wrote in 2014…
“On top of all this, you are flexible and impulsive, always on the lookout for new stimuli and challenges. In practice, this leads to risky behaviour, but never mind, it won’t be you who has to pick up the pieces.”
“Solidarity becomes an expensive luxury and makes way for temporary alliances, the main preoccupation always being to extract more profit from the situation than your competition.”
Last statement IMO sort of minutely filters down to ALL communication. For sure on facebook. So, believing that, of course I think this applies in discussing what-to-do in terms of activism. We post links to rundowns on outrageous rip-offs, and same-such in regard to every sphere of endeavor under the sun. We post a myriad of outrages, and all of us believe “our own” algorithm delivers to each one of us news of the most significant
tell-tale rip-offs. Meanwhile, we’re not forming up a process that delegates new leaders…new representatives. Only developing some pressure regarding SCOTUS Justice picks. Not enough. Of course the best rep candidate prospects the establishment will attempt to quash, but we could at least discuss what risks are involved in choosing candidates a little closer to “best.” This we do not do. When we switch cause-alliances, in effect don’t we scapegoat the latest abandoned ones??
If we focus too much on the evil of Trump, we ignore the build-up of “smaller” nuke weapons Michael Klare wrote about on Wednesday 7/ 11/18. Well, dangerous scams are all around…won’t argue that. But some of us are incredibly little, little, little cogs. It is up to our kind to…
Develop a solidarity opposing the most dangerous
Agree on a positive, sustainable goal…labor instensive economies, say
Discuss better candidates in synch with the above, and together end up promotin’em
Michael Klare “What Trump’s Critics are Missing About the NATO Summit” https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-critics-missing-nato-summit/
Paul Verhaeghe “Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/29/neoliberalism-economic-system-ethics-personality-psychopathicsthic