7.09.2010

Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: By Joe Bageant

Read entire article HERE.

" As an Anglo European white guy from a very long line of white guys, I want to thank all the brown, black, yellow and red people for a marvelous three-century joy ride. During the past 300 years of the industrial age, as Europeans, and later as Americans, we have managed to consume infinitely more than we ever produced, thanks to colonialism, crooked deals with despotic potentates and good old gunboats and grapeshot. Yes, we have lived, and still live, extravagant lifestyles far above the rest of you. And so, my sincere thanks to all of you folks around the world working in sweatshops, or living on two bucks a day, even though you sit on vast oil deposits. And to those outside my window here in Mexico this morning, the two guys pruning the retired gringo's hedges with what look like pocket knives, I say, keep up the good work. It's the world's cheap labor guys like you -- the black, brown and yellow folks who take it up the shorts -- who make capitalism look like it actually works. So keep on humping. Remember: We've got predator drones.

2 comments:

  1. Rabbit-

    Thanks for this. Joe Bageant mentions a guy named George Salzman in the linked article. In 1969 I took a two-semester astronomy course with George.

    Here is George Salzman's site:

    http://www.georgesalzman.org/

    Small world it is.

    Now -I have to dig deep and write the good Professor.

    -Don

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  2. No prob Don - thanks for stopping by. Always good to hear from you.

    Yes - a friend sent that one to me - then I put it up. I like the guy's attitude.
    JR

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