Comment 27252

By geoff's two cents (anonymous) | Posted November 10, 2008 at 02:14:21

Grassroots, I think that if you read between the lines, you'll find in the article above a critique of the same middle-class, suburban, enviro-ethical complacence that - I believe/hope - is also at least partly the target of your own political ire.

All-out civil war abroad is arguably more detrimental than a single murder that happens at home. That doesn't necessarily mean that that single murder isn't worthy of our attention.

Furthermore, the average citizen on their own has a great deal more control over what products they choose to purchase for themselves, than over what big industry does. This, at least, makes the former issue worthy of discussion and our attention.

Finally nobody's blaming the homeless for anything here. However, focusing all of our angst on big industry strikes me as somewhat counterproductive when everyday people of middling income choose to consume the things that that industry produces. With this in mind, a discussion of the negative environmental impact that everyday purchasing decisions can have en masse strikes me as a good place to start when agitating for enviro-economic change.

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