Lesson From Paris
Having just finished “The Climate in Paris” by Mark Hertsgaard [Dec. 7], I think we activists need to follow his advice and take action sooner rather than later. Hertsgaard writes: “Entrenched forces and beliefs must be confronted; solidarity and the common good must take precedence over prejudice and selfishness; our children’s future must matter more than past hatreds.”
Toward this end, I think a mass-disobedience day (#massdisobedienceday) should be started to help show our leaders and the undemocratic fossil-fuel corporations that we will not allow any more fossil fuels to be removed from the ground, and we will not accept anything short of an immediate move to renewable energy. These mass-disobedience days can take any form and should come about in a way that can’t be controlled. Much like the gatherings of biking groups that shut down streets or highways, we need to shut down commerce along major highways into other cities or countries, then do it again some other, unexpected day to show that we mean business!
With Friends Like These…
How unnerving that Laila Lalami’s marvelous essay “Justice for Paris” [Dec. 7] ties into The Nation’s recent cover story on the GOP crack-up: Saudi Arabia began pouring money into extreme social conservatism at exactly the same time the United States did.
Everybody knows that most of the hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi Arabian; that Saudi Arabia supports ISIS and other jihadi groups, while pretending to be against “terrorism”; and that Saudi Arabia is the American arms industry’s top customer. They also know there is no “moderate” rebel army in Syria, after so many American dollars were wasted to create one. The guns we supplied are now used by “the enemy.”
Meanwhile, the epidemic of gun violence and terrorist massacres inside our own country grows as a result of the fetishistic gun ownership promoted by the gun industry and its lobbyist, the National Rifle Association. Most Americans want more gun-control measures, in spite of the NRA’s grip on our timid, paralyzed political class.