As they say: “The more things change…

By JC

20 years ago I was the editor of a fledgling eco-rag, the Wild Rockies Review. As I was cleaning out some corners of one of my closets, I came across a pile of paste ups (that’s what we constructed back in the days, as we got used to our Mac Plusses and Pagemaker thingies). And an article struck me as having an odd resonance across the last two decades, covered with much dust collected as my life took varied turns and twists.

So I thought as an introduction, you all might like to have an insight as to where my thinking was as a starry-eyed budding radical, back during the time of Reagan and Bush I.

“Today we are witnessing the erosion of our fundamental constitutional rights, and our rights as inhabitants of this planet. It is an era wherein individuals engage in the role of protecting the inalienable rights of the non-human world against the philosophy of political freedom espoused by the likes of former Secretary of the Interior, James Watt. Freedom takes many a turn for those who involve themselves in the battle of natural vs political rights.

McCarthyism rears its ugly head once again as our political system silences those who attempt to uncover its dirty secrets. Unfortunately, our idealistic and naive sensibilities have left us vulnerable to those who have studied the arts of political and ideological suppression, and are putting them to use. We are but a small and vocal minority of individuals who dare speak from the heart and mind, not the pocketbook, in our defense of the planet and its inhabitants…

Many sit by and wring their hands as they struggle with their ingrained tendency to let things slide, believing in the false security of the status quo–the pablum that our elected officials, industry, and their paid dogs feed us in our advertiser supported and controlled (read exploitive) media….”

–excerpted from “Political Freedom: The Art of Selective Democracy, and the Fall of America,” Wild Rockies Review, Summer Solstice, 1989

…the more they stay the same.”

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  1. pj

    Interesting intro. I look forward to more.




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