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.
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