In the Republican mindset, the public/private partnership means that public assets and resources, including public employees, are convertible to private purposes at will. Public appearances can turn into private events and invitations can be rescinded whenever an office holder’s convenience demands.
Nydia Tisdale provides evidence of an assault taking place.
Indeed, one might even say that limited resources, including limited financial resources, are a summum bonum. Why? Because “not enough” is a handy excuse for imposing deprivation. Why would anyone want to do that? Because to deprive any organism, including particularly members of one’s own species, of the necessities of life is the ultimate high. What could be more significant than deciding who gets to live and who dies prematurely? (more…)
Rehydrating the Floridan aquifer, whence both South Georgia and much of the state of Florida draw their drinking water supplies, is definitely in order. Decades of draining surface waters into the ocean hasn’t just dewatered millions of acres but depleted the underground supply. However, injecting industrial waste waters is not an appropriate response. Industrial wastes need to be removed, not just neutralized by adding even more chemicals. (more…)
From a strictly practical perspective, capitalism is an intellectual designation for assets that are set aside for future use. Capital is surplus — whatever is not needed and consumed right away. Awareness of the future is, of course, an intellectual act that is, apparently, not accessible to all humans. Some people can’t think ahead. So, the consume as the spirit moves them and waste the rest, leading to the common sense perception that “one man’s waste is another’s treasure.” (more…)
I’ve realized for some time that one of the main reasons we institute governments is to counter/prevent abuse, which may be categorized under the heading of “things we don’t like.” What didn’t occur to me in the context of recognizing that some public officials either don’t understand that mission or think nothing of abandoning their obligations to deal with things we don’t like, is that the act of abandoning public obligations serves to invite the vandals to rampage. (more…)