Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hopefully Naïve

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, and founder of, talks about the money behind current environmental policy and the benefits of being hopefully naïve.

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1 comment:

Steve said...

McKibben's point is well expressed in Lawrence Lessig's latest book: Republic, Lost - How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

If we are to change the way cynical corporations control the democratic process, then we, The People, have to engage in the ways intended by the Founders - through ongoing participation in the process of governing our nation, which is much more than voting once or twice a year.

Our Constitution isn't being invented on the fly as they are trying to do in Egypt and Libya. Ours is 226 years old. It has been subverted but, as we saw when Prohibition was repealed, it has mechanisms built in that offer ways to right wrongs.

Getting corporate money and corporate personhood out of the political dynamic is possible. And it is possible without violence but it is not possible without participation.

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