Before I get into my brief barrage about the OWS movement, I want to offer major props to
Joshua Elam (who don’t know from Adam, Caen or any other biblical character) for being astute and observant enough to make such a posting in the first place. With such historic economic upheaval that is remaking our nation, and will have lasting and unforeseen implications for generations long after the rest of us expire how many more forum entries can we have to name a few (among the countless) about:
I chose to make a new and related forum entry on this topic because I did not want what I offer here to get buried deep in the other OWS forum and also because I think the material cited below has a slightly different perspective and point of departure for discussion.
Before I launch into succinct diatribe (yes you can have both) let me make two other points. One has been made here on Land8Lounge recently and the other is one we can take a little momentary comfort in.
First, I am in complete agreement that while there is nothing really objectionable to the same-old-same-old crowd of regularly recurring commentarians here (and you all know who you are), it would be good to see some fresh newcomers here. Yeah, that is all of us others, me included who have appropriately labeled as “lurkers” or “hit and run artists”. We also know who we all are.
Second, while nothing noble and certainly avoiding any scent of condescension here, it appears we are among the only design profession taking notice of OWS and voicing our varied opinions about it. There is a discussion thread on Archinet that bears a remarkable similarity to the depth and breadth of the Land8Lounge discussion.
So here it goes.
I work as a landscape architect/professional planner (AICP) and urban designer for a substantial multi-disciplinary firm in what can be considered one of the smaller settlements in China (around 11 million). This city was merely a seacoast hamlet with seafaring, shipping and fishing as its reasons for being 25 years ago, Yes, I came here for the project opportunities, continued employment (after getting downscaled and then laid off) and for the more than respectable income
(equal and exceeding Western design firm salary norms). But I digress….
A completely unscientific cable news media survey (my own over the last month) of CNN, Chinese Cable Television (CCTV) (the very slick and fairly professional television organ of the People’sRepublic and remarkably far more “fair and balanced” than Fox Noise could ever hope to be….yes they actually have reasoned and civil debate !!) and BBC World would give any reasonable and rational individual watching the OWS coverage, to draw the following conclusions:
I offer a few different, highly articulate, insightful and thought provoking viewpoints for your further consideration here. They differ dramatically from the three points above and in some cases, are diametrically opposed. I align very close to their expressed viewpoints, bent and bias, so there are true colors of my freak flag (my appreciation to David Crosby)
At the risk of you remaining less informed and worked up than you have been so far on OWS, scan, peruse or read these in-depth and let the dialogue and debate grow more lengthy, richer and rambunctious. You can also ignore them at your peril.
Chris Hedges- Too Big to Fail
Chris Hedges – The Best
James Howard Kunstler–Clusterfuck Nation
Here come the OWSERS
Joe Nocera –New York
Not about OWS but highly relevant and alarming nevertheless
and of course, the discourse would be far more lacking without a blast from Paul Krugman.
That is enough and way too much. So read none of this, part, all of it or write your own column. In the words of the great Robert Plant the rest of the Zep, “Ramble On”.
What kind of nation is it that spends far more to kill enemy combatants and Afghan and Iraqi civilians than it does to help its own citizens who live below the poverty line? What kind of nation is it that permits corporations to hold sick children hostage while their parents frantically bankrupt themselves to save their sons and daughters? What kind of nation is it that tosses its mentally ill onto urban heating grates? What kind of nation is it that abandons its unemployed while it loots its treasury on behalf of speculators? What kind of nation is it that ignores due process to torture and assassinate its own citizens? What kind of nation is it that refuses to halt the destruction of the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry, dooming our children and our children’s children?
Chris Hedges is a liberal, proud of it and I just love him for that. I find that I agree with almost everything that he says, and he has given me hope and drive that positive revolution is possible, attainable and within reach if we hold true to our convictions.
The moment OWS is co-opted by the Democrats is the moment I just ship.
agree with Tanya - landplanner - you are 'somewhat east' ??
How is the spitting and the air pollution? If I cause enough trouble in my present job, I may see you out there!
tell, tell.how is China!!