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Two Flags Over The Demolition Yard

I’m not reflexively against consumption. I consume things. I discard things.

I own a car. When I am done with my car–After I drive it as long as it will run–I will discard the car.

People need jobs making and selling things. There are many valid reasons that people want to make use of material things.

I’m not looking to make a softball point that our Texas and United States flags stand in large part for our right to use stuff and then to toss it away.

Yet there is the picture as seen at an auto demolition yard near the Houston Ship Channel. There sure are a lot of cars in that lot.

So make of it what you will. See the picture using both nuance, and a recognition of what the photo shows–Even if unintentionally–clearly enough.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Republicans, Free Trade And Hard Questions


 A Wall Street Journal poll reports that Republicans by a nearly two-to-one margin believe free trade hurts the American economy.

This is a shift away from previous Republican support of free trade.

These issues are difficult because we can’t pull back from the rest of the world.

I feel the core of the matter is that neither party is being up-front about what free trade really means.

We’ve lived at a level of consumption and debt that the realities of the world will no longer permit.

At the same time we’ve allowed corporations to get the upper-hand with workers.

As citizens we’ve not asked ourselves the tough questions of how should we live and about the well-being of people in emerging economies.

Will any political leader ever step up to the truth and the hard facts on these issues?   

It is very difficult for average people to work this stuff out without help.

October 6, 2007 Posted by | Politics | , , | 1 Comment