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A nation we cannot afford.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.

C. A. Beard



A Nation the World can no longer Afford.

Underneath the rhetoric of the recent failure to reach agreement about Global Warming in the rejection of the Kyoto Protocols by the US, the message is clear, America has said, 'Fuck you!' to Planet Earth. 

President Bush, though, is a small fish in International consciousness, merely a totem, just another human being. It is not up to him or any political leader to dictate global or individual consciousness. In fact, for individuals to leave it in the hands of 'the powers that be' is to sit in silent agreement with any decision that they do or don't reach. 

The problem is much greater than governmental abuse of power or the silence of the proletariat. In the medium of the Internet, surely one of the greatest resources for us as individuals that has ever existed, covertly or overtly, this medium is our voice, yours and mine, and what is that voice saying? As a web designer the first thing I tell people who come to me to build them a web site is that the WWW is not a get rich quick scheme, some have made a fortune, but the vast majority of users do not and will not. As an adjunct to any business, a way to disseminate information about your company or business, the Internet has much to offer, but it will never substitute for putting in the hard work of doing the job, whatever that job happens to be, and paying for it or being paid. 

National lotteries, advertising, television programming, magazines, have raised the expectations of the consumer west to levels that neither economics nor this planet can afford or maintain. As I use and browse the Internet daily I also witness the 'something for nothing' attitude that infects the web. Hell, I've been there, done that and eaten the tee shirt, but there came a moment when I stopped and thought, 'Just what the hell am I doing? What am I getting into here?' I still try before I buy, one of the great benefits of the web and using computer software, and if it does the job and is what I want then I buy it. But I get hit daily by unwanted and unsolicited emails (SPAM) offering me some new get rich scheme, usually requesting just a few bucks in order provide a 100% guaranteed get rich programme. In this America rules the waves. America has become the global leader in consumption. America doesn't want, America expects and demands!

President Bush, in rejecting the Kyoto Protocols speaks for a national consciousness that demands consumption, written into the Constitution of the United States of America, 'We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness'. The nonsense written into this constitution is clear within American society, let alone globally. America is a meritocracy of wealth and consumption. The disease of consuming is the United States of America's greatest export today, though historically learnt through the global invasion and International rape by Britain, France and Spain etc. not the least. No nations hands are clean, but it has to stop.

America we can no longer afford you, the price is too high, the mind fucking rhetoric of your constitution is the nonsense that is self-evident. It is clear that people are born unequal, into unequal circumstances and situations and cultures. The time is long overdue to stop abusing the world in the pursuit of your own ends. The situation is such that there are two choices, live or die. That is the global situation, this planet is dying and when it does, not the American Constitution or all the conviction of your belief in your selfish ends will save you. But this message is not just for the USA, it applies to each one of us. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

Qui s'excuse s'accuse.

Keith Lindsay-Cameron.

Title quote from M D J Harrison. 


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