“..so, you can throw things out. But you can NEVER throw them away.”
— Steve Gordon, my fifth grade Science teacher
Mr. Gordon had it right back in 1971, but none of the Wall Street oligarchs had the benefit of Mr. Gordon’s wisdom. Some, now in the Big Ag business in California, however, did. They paid for their wisdom by having their processing systems spiked by Bush Administration lackies with salmonella, or having their undergirding economy wrecked by its closest confidantes.
According to this very readable and accessible interview with Professor Perry Mehrling, published in the Atlantic, Mr. Gordon’s principle of basic ecology works in credit default swaps as well as it works in dealing with trash. Perhaps for the same reason.
We finished the fifth grade Science class by sending a batch of regular mail to Nixon’s Secretary of the Interior explaining why it was critically important not to build the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.
I learned an important lesson about ecology that year, and an important one about citizenship…
…neither one is valued by fascists or proto-fascists.