Here’s a piece from the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, announcing that, after 120 years of endorsing only strictly legal actions, the organization for the first time will be embracing civil disobedience. Two quick observations, if I may:
• It’s interesting that most Americans embrace the notion of civil disobedience as it applies to the past; we regard a great many of these people all through our history as heroes – starting, of course, with the Founding Fathers of the U.S. — and we have similar feelings of warmth for the people who followed their path – the Thoreaus and Abolitionists of the 19th Century and the women suffragettes and M.L. Kings of the 20th. Our current president talks about the glory of Seneca, Stonewall, and Selma. Yet some of the same supporters of past disobedience are prone to regard the present-day “Occupy” people or those blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline as “rabble-rousers” or “socialists” or worse. I find this curious.
• This announcement from the Sierra Club is one of hundreds of news stories appearing over the last couple of years that indicates a rising tide of anger against the direction that civilization is taking. As readers have come to know, I think this anger is well-placed. We live in a world that is utterly dominated by the corruptive influence of Big Money, and there seems to be no way to revert this trend. Want an example? If you’re in Congress, insider trading is perfectly legal! Want another dozen examples? Just write me and ask.
I’d like to see your comments on the subject.