Friday, September 05, 2003
::: Granny in CT Mode ::: Tinfoil Hats Required :::
This is a "post" from May 29, 2001 on Alternet.org ... very interesting.
The 13 Scariest White Guys in America
By Don Hazen, AlterNet
Some folks listed are dead ... some are in jail.
Scary Power is bullying and brute strength exercised in the public sphere. It's the freedom to threaten millions of people's safety and well-being, say by manipulating California's power supply. It's the ability to cheat hundreds of thousands out of large sums of money, as CitiGroup did with predatory lending practices. It's the clout to risk environmental disaster by blandly denying reams of scientific data, like ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who holds that global warming doesn't exist. It's an immense iron fist in a velvet glove, like the chemical industry simultaneously blocking safety tests for newly developed chemicals and convincing the public that such testing is routine.
Ultimately, Scary Power is the ability to control the public narrative to frame messages: globalization benefits all; environmentalists created the energy shortage; fair trade is a wishful dream. The scary guys' control of the narrative also discourages action, isolates people from one another and turns them off to engagement in public life. It breeds cynicism, hopelessness and apathy.
On the campaign trail a year ago, George W. Bush said, "As we use nature's gifts, we must do so wisely. Prosperity will mean little if we leave future generations a world of polluted air, toxic lakes and rivers, and vanished forests." Texas, meanwhile, had the most toxic air emissions and cancer-causing pollution in the country. Can anyone say doubletalk?
Read it ans truly weep!