Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] VLMOC: anti-Americanism, so-called

bmounier@sympatico.ca bmounier@sympatico.ca
Wed, 16 Apr 2003 7:46:33 -0400

I second this motion. Hey, cool address by the way...
> De: Jonathan & Julie Hart <midnightoil@videotron.ca>
> Date: 2003/04/15 mar. PM 11:39:03 GMT-04:00
> : powderworks <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
> Subject: FW: [Powderworks] VLMOC: anti-Americanism, so-called
> -----Original Message-----
> From: powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu
> [mailto:powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu] On Behalf Of Kate Parker
> Adams
> Sent: April 15, 2003 8:49 PM
> To: Bruce Robertson
> Cc: Tom Davies; powderworks@cs.colorado.edu
> Subject: Re: [Powderworks] VLMOC: anti-Americanism, so-called
> At 06:50 PM 4/15/03 -0400, Bruce Robertson wrote:
> >On the Oils being anti-American, aren't we more interested in
> >understanding what the Oils are FOR? I'm no rocket surgeon, but
> figuring 
> >out what's wrong with the world comes pretty easy to me, and I assume
> most 
> >of us. 'Where do we go from here'  would be a more pressing - and 
> >promising - question IMO.
> I think this also ties into the whole boycott thread ... misguided and
> not 
> terribly constructive in a global sense.
> If you listen to Pete's rantings and read his website, there is much
> that 
> he has to say about sustainability, about the web of life, about 
> precaution.  Much of that starts with making the choice to buy local 
> products and from local merchants whenever you possibly can.
> I bought several items today that were made in America, and the
> important 
> thing about all of them was that they were purchased from local 
> merchants.  Instead of going to the McDonald's in the food court in the 
> hospital area, I bought from the food co-op and the local ice-cream 
> truck.  Got my organic fair trade coffee from a local coffee house (with
> a 
> free coupon from the fiery and hip little local free paper no less!) 
> instead of being patronized by a latte ventil barristro pretentiomonium
> at 
> Starbuquitous a block away . I bought bike inner tubes from a local bike
> shop, not from a corporate bigbox - they won't give me a massbike member
> discount anyway.  I paid the mortgage at the local bank that holds our
> loan 
> in portfolio five years after we moved in (rare - usually, mortgages are
> sold fast), and made a deposit at my credit union.  I did all of this
> while 
> commuting to and from work on a bike.
> Given corporate hegemony in certain areas, it simply isn't possible to 
> totally avoid the merchandising machine.  But you don't have to make a 
> perfection campaign out of it, you just have to realise that sometimes
> you 
> have choices, and that buying locally benefits your community and buying
> local goods is usually a vastly more sustainable choice due to the 
> environmental costs of transit alone.
> Ken Geiser, a mentor of mine at the Lowell Center for Sustainable 
> Production, has been on a positivist kick as of late, urging all and
> sundry 
> to think of how the future should look and work toward policies and 
> practices that make it so rather than simply fight a multi-front, never 
> ending battle against _____.    As hard as that is in the current
> climate, 
> I think I am attracted to Ken's teachings for the same reasons that I am
> attracted to the Oil's messages.  It is not about fighting bad guys -
> its 
> about building a better world for all and making it last.
> Just my $0.02,
> Kate
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