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David Suzuki With Some Cautious Optimism

10/24/2011

Below is an interview with David Suzuki, in which he talks about the Occupy movement and also about the stranglehold corporations have on our democracy.

He seems a little skeptical that this will be the moment that we rise up and take back our democracy, just as those in the Arab world have. But he fully acknowledges that today’s generation has been handed the shitty end of the history stick. He states that the economy should be a means to several ends, but not an end in itself. Individual needs should not be a secondary priority.

Of course, we can’t attack all corporations across the board. We should encourage accountability in all sectors, and aim to limit and/or eliminate the role corporations currently play in governance. But as this article points out, dealing with global issues such as climate change will cost trillions of dollars. For instance, perhaps we should consider shifting the subsidies bestowed upon oil companies to companies that seek to address our problems–not because those companies are paying off politicians, but because their goals are much more in line with the people’s.

Thanks to Christine at the 350 or bust blog for initially posting this video.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    10/24/2011 9:17 PM

    I’m afraid I have to agree with him, at least in this country. Even with Obama, we have people who are basically “insiders” who won’t make the truly radical changes necessary to restructure our economy. And especially with the Republicans basically dragging their feet and being naysayers, there’s not a lot that CAN be done. To see real change, I believe we need to see either a third party or a “no party” candidate of some incredibly high charisma in order to shake up the status quo. Otherwise, we’ll only see incremental changes – perhaps for the good, but still very small – until we can shake up the political structure itself.

    • 10/24/2011 10:38 PM

      I was talking about this the other day–independent candidates always seem to suffer from a sort of tragedy of the commons dilemma. No one wants to vote for them for fear of throwing away their vote.

      I’ve heard it suggested a couple times during the protests that there should be no political parties–just a bunch of individual politicians voting based on the the needs of those they represent.

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