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
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
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
Qui s'excuse s'accuse.
Title quote from M D J Harrison.