We’re Done with Reasonable. Time to Get Radical!

clenched fistsby Marcia Mueller

What usually happens when we try to effect change through the corporate world, government bureaucracies, and nonprofits? We get co-optation, capitulation, and caving.

For example, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has been tasked with protecting animals under the Animal Welfare Act. However, the USDA has been co-opted by Big Ag, the industry they are supposed to be policing. Thus the law enforcer is in the pocket of the abusers and criminals. The animals we seek to help suffer and die.

The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) is supposed to protect and save animal lives and promote their well-being. Yet the HSUS sponsored an event called “”Hoofin’ It” to present dinners of bison, pig, sheep, and cow to supporters in Denver. Thus the HSUS capitulated to the choices of nonvegans, nonvegetarians, and local farmers who kill the animals “humanely.” The lives and well-being of those ON the plates were not protected.

Then there are the environmental groups who seem to be putting their fund raising above their fight for the earth. The National Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International, National Audubon Society, National Resource Defense Council, and World Wildlife Fund formed their own league called the Environmental Coalition for NAFTA to cave to the extractive industries and not appear too radical. Caving in to Coal and Oil, among other polluters, allowed them gain a broader following among the general public and the corporate world and raise more funds.

For too many organizations money, growth, favors, or survival come at the cost of principle.

So we see how far being reasonable, non-radical, and inclusive have gotten us. Our last, best choice is revolution.



Author’s Notes:

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3 thoughts on “We’re Done with Reasonable. Time to Get Radical!

  1. One night watching Rachel Maddow, she had as her guests student survivors of Sandy Hook. They spoke eloquently on behalf of their cause for stricter Gun Laws. Rachel asked them what actions they were taking to effect the outcome they were seeking. The students proceeded to explain how they were working through the system with Government officials.
    I found the student anti gun initiative page on Facebook and wrote them a message. My message was that the only way to gain attention for Gun Control was to organize and call a National Student Strike relating to the cause until the Politicians agreed to pass Gun Law legislation which is favored overwhelmingly by the General population. I suggested reading material such as Abby Hoffman’s book “Steal This Book!”
    The students never responded and aside from their 10 minutes of fame, have never been heard from again. You can be assured that had they listened to me, we would have had stricter Gun Laws today.
    It is time to stand up! Bernie Sanders has set the agenda worth standing up for! #feelthebern


  2. MY GOD is nobody honest anymore, are our very existence based on greed???? I knew things weren’t right when somebody asked for help they ignored our pleas, especially in NEW YORK!!!! WITH ALL THESE AGENCIES WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TRUST BEING “ON THE TAKE” the very animals we cry for help with are considered unimportant and their death will mean nothing!!!!!!! WELL NOT TO SOME OF US and I’m all for REVOLUTION!!!!


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