Just listened to the debate with a group of folks from the community (other groups were gathered in living rooms across the commune). I nearly gagged when Bush said that we aren’t responsible for paying attention to the rest of the world, just to our own interests. And I cheered when Kerry acknowledged how ludicrous it is for America to demand that other countries stop producing nuclear weapons while this country continues to research and build them. And overall, I’m left with the feeling that we need to create a change bigger than which white man is splayed all over television and newspapers. We need a dose of real engagement with life…

and in the spirit of change, I share with you an excerpt from a brilliant article:

Baghdad Year Zero
by Naomi Klein
Published in the September, 2004 issue of Harper’s Magazine

A country of 25 million would not be rebuilt as it was before the war; it would be erased, disappeared. In its place would spring forth a gleaming showroom for laissez-faire economics, a utopia such as the world had never seen. Every policy that liberates multinational corporations to pursue their quest for profit would be put into place: a shrunken state, a flexible workforce, open borders, minimal taxes, no tariffs, no ownership restrictions. The people of Iraq would, of course, have to endure some short-term pain: assets, previously owned by the state, would have to be given up to create new opportunities for growth and investment. Jobs would have to be lost and, as foreign products flooded across the border, local businesses and family farms would, unfortunately, be unable to compete. But to the authors of this plan, these would be small prices to pay for the economic boom that would surely explode once the proper conditions were in place, a boom so powerful the country would practically rebuild itself.

The fact that the boom never came and Iraq continues to tremble under explosions of a very different sort should never be blamed on the absence of a plan. Rather, the blame rests with the plan itself, and the extraordinarily violent ideology upon which it is based.