Wednesday, June 01, 2011

No Power to the People

Oxfam, that wonderful organization which tries to ensure that nobody goes hungry, has a new campaign they've labeled "Grow." The point is to turn from food waste and practices that impede small farmers to full food use and stable environmental, legal, and economic climates for community farms.

They have a section on their website called "What Can I Do?"

  1. You can watch a video, and forward it to friends who also have no power!

  2. You can sign a petition to people who don't give a shit about you or your opinions because you don't have enough economic power to make them do anything!

  3. And, coming soon, you can blog about it. I kid you not.
Just like every other social justice and human rights issue today, there is nothing that the citizens of supposedly the most powerful nation on earth can do about any of this, because we are no longer a functioning democracy, if indeed we ever were.

The problem in global hunger is that the interests of ordinary people (having enough food) are not aligned with those of their governments, big business, or the international monetary-rape coalitions that their governments are beholden to.

So long as we continue to disagree on whether fundamental human needs such as food and health care are "privileges" rather than rights, we will remain powerless.


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