Wait, we don’t scare; we anger up after a fact, if at all
U.S. Geological Survey confirms, for the first time, that human-induced earthquakes are an increased threat to safety of millions. It appears that those in southern-central states have had the largest impact to their risk than other states, while naturally-occurring earthquake-risk states have been similarly affected.
Do you think corporations should pay a health tax for pollution they produce? (in addition to resuming financial responsibility for pollution thus far and future accumulated, either due to neglect or accident)
Racism seems to occur as a natural consequence of our senses. It’s a matter that manifests in the form of later-identifiable institutionalized racism and can be impossible to overcome should one wish to venture beyond their placement [see “environmental racism” below]. Racism, including environmental racism, can be viewed as a problem that is part of a larger one that won’t go away unless faced as a real issue that has solutions.
environmental racism – the “placement” of minority or low-income communities in proximity of degraded or hazardous environments.
Classism to Racism
To venture beyond one’s class– the possibility of doing so– has been a hallmark of the purported American dream. In today’s great awareness however, we see that the largest percentage of our masses have been negatively affected by current [global] economics. We’ve lost an entire financial class of people! Many of whom had been “proud” in having such a dream of opportunity and have since awoken to limitations of that dream, while untold more were never able to conceive it. We hadn’t gotten very far before ultimate realization smacked most of us down around 2008.
classism – unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class
A new sentience affects our common outlook. We glimpse the economic realities that loom around the vision of our everyday calculations. Where once our system offered the semblance of a foreseeable lock on financially secure futures of workers and at least a safety net for the rest, now it’s commonly regarded as having been pretense. As a most general rule, there may be no reward for hard work after all!
Pick a Dream & Keep on Dreaming
That one would choose a life of wait-service, for example, over a more lucrative life of crime is of no tangible financial or health benefit. Instead, financial detriment has met most of these people . . . a challenge which in turn affects opportunity, restriction and punishment in society. Some would say the reward is in staying out of the American system of criminalization. Yet, we know that when people turn to crime they are often enduring times of financial uncertainty and stress.
Despite that, it seems we’re working on recreating a situation we’d recently improved, in more ways than one. As we turn back the tide of crime, we for some reason decide to also turn back the clock on human progress and begin to tear the fabric at the seams and in areas recently mended. As we begin to repair financial damage done by movers and shakers of a housing crisis on top of the outsourcing of jobs, we immediately invite damage back again by allowing the same real estate and banking tactics that did us in a decade ago. Only this time, there are more protections in place for business and I don’t begin to understand which jobs people are banking on to keep their houses this time! Many people have never recovered from the recession, and it’s common belief that they weren’t meant to do so.
While it’s difficult to accept, it’s easy to see and feel the rise of laws, fees, rents, mortgages and general cost of living amid a climate of economic recession- depression for the most common person, all of whom are enumrated (unless the system’s process has been escaped or avoided in some way) yet still ignored. It’s become clear that, for the most part, the enumerated people are placed and marginalized into sectors of ‘American experience’. (The unaccounted-for fall where they may . . . an entirely different experience.)
These sectors include business and living areas envisioned according to or in spite of proximity to production and contamination. Many people have been relegated to life virtually on top of killer environmental sites.
Classism to Environmental Contamination
People have been great at development and production, and not so great at sustainability. Instead of working to keep an entire river clean, the Uprivers benefit from the freshest rain and runoff while they contaminate the Downrivers and charge them for a cleaner product. The Upstreams refuse to clean up their own mess that is collected by the Downstreams, and they price entire towns out of the best areas of tax-paying residents’ own turf.
We could have dealt with all that in the kind of system we’re supposed to have built. Instead, we have allowed the system to be changed against the interests of the common person . . . the worker . . . the voter.
As racism is a facet of classism, environmental racism is a facet of environmental injustice- a discrimination against the poor or weak that has existed over centuries of economic marginalization and social exclusion.
Corporatism to Environmental Injustice
The justice system was built to protect, but some would say it’s turned into a greedy maw to be avoided in a system that doesn’t offer much education about the nuances of criminality. While there are basic tenets that might be easy to follow, law today is a complicated morass for most- a morass of possibility for a criminalizing system that financially feeds on the lives of those it ensnares. Every undertaking today is law-bound; without education in law one would be in deficit practically by any momentum. The richer have serious advantage while the educated have the best advantage. Who receives the best education?
According to global and technological scales of corporate opportunity for land use and simultaneous tax evasion, there is no need to work within a progressive social system established by the people of a nation.With no such commitment, it’s easy to see where today’s regressive politics are coddled.
Classism to Economic Discrimination
Workers have awoken from the dream and are (for now) still blessed with foggy memories of a promise that feels broken. As restructuring events occur, change is ominous and as development of this new world occurs we should hold strong to the original dream . . . that everyone should benefit from the system. Otherwise, why have a system. That’s a logical question . . . but shouldn’t be considered without careful contemplation of the fabric that has lent to the support of a dream for so long.
We must stop denying the advances that have been made and accept them; for example, social progress, environmental awareness, technological progress including artificial intelligence, etc. As beings capable of hindsight and conscious action with various levels of free will, we must remember that our descendants- blood or not- will inherit what we leave behind. How will we ensure that economic discrimination based on typing won’t continue to be a problem of existence?
A View The World Over
The capacity of a larger view makes environmental racism a basic and visible form of marginalization. Race has been a kind of qualifier for the long-term affects that occur in economic marginalization. We can also see farther back that class and type discord have existed for most of time.
We have the broad knowledge, but continue to see decline in attitude and infrastructure. Political figures chosen for us flirt with ideas of huge walls and religious testing. The people put up with resistance to progress while favoring an idea that we should be losing as a nation because somehow we deserve to lose. What?!
We deserve environmental justice and we owe it to ourselves to regain a functioning democracy. Amending issues like this are the steps we need to take in a stance against racism, classism and other forms of discrimination that marginalize our fellow man and woman. The vision still exists as long as there is expectation among people.
And why shouldn’t there be expectation, for it is a form of faith and another hallmark of our great nation. Everyone gets to have their version of faith or belief and, while it’s not acceptable to foist it on others, it is expected that at least we are capable of determining our individual experience. For only in such freedom may we find our best place in life . . . a success which benefits all those around us and for which should be striven.
Reminiscing on the National Recovery Act (NRA) and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fans, collectors of clocks and metalwork will appreciate, too. How encouraging to find that this was posted withing a month before our first post here on Sanguine Frame. To find others who can understand from whence you came to your own frame of expectation is priceless. Thanks to the source:
The following is excerpted from a Wikispace entitled “Social Problems in Oklahoma”, category “environment”:
Hydraulic Fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” is rapidly spreading over Oklahoma as well as many other states and countries. This surge in fracking has been largely influenced by the 2005 energy bill, which included the “Haliburton Loophole”. This bill was championed by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was previously CEO of Haliburton. This bill exempts the oil and gas industry from the clean water act, allowing the industry to go unchecked by any regulation.
Red dots represent priority sites for Superfund toxin cleanup which, not surprisingly, is a suffering goal that lives in the shadows of many distractions of current politics. These ironically include and are not limited to the should-be crimes of corporate tax evasion, opportunity outsourcing, bad water coverups, crumbling infrastructures and social regression.
Responsibility Laid Where Problems Arose
Until the mid ’90s, most funding for cleanup came from a tax on the petroleum and chemical industries, reflecting the polluter pays principle. Eventually, a new Republican Congress worked to dismantle the polluter pays principle. “The Clinton Administration then adopted some industry-favored reforms as policy”. Despite the fact that by 1995 the Superfund had almost $4 billion in fees collected, a Republican Congress did not authorize to collect, thereby successfully depleting the 2003 the Superfund.
Moral and Legal Responsibility Shunned by Work of Republicans – Laid Upon Taxpayers
More recently, since 2001, most of the funding for cleanups has come from taxpayers! No wonder progress has declined, as most taxpayers have been financially undercut by a variety of political changes. Now, a state pays 10 percent of cleanup and at least 50 percent if [the state] operated the facility responsible for contamination.
See: OSHA was our friend during union times (coming soon)
From 2000-2015, Congress allocated [only] about $1.26 billion of general revenue to the Superfund program each year. Consequently less than half the number of sites were cleaned up from 2001 to 2008, compared to before. The decrease continued during the Obama Administration, and since under the direction of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Superfund cleanups decreased even more from 20 in 2009 to a mere 8 in 2014. –Sourced information via Wikipedia editors
Working Class Taxpayers Needed
America’s working class is a diverse group which includes the working poor, the underclass and the middle class. Depending on quality of life, taxpayers could be ‘working class’ from almost any angle whether as wage earners or self-employed business owners, for example. Because today this is about freedom and quality of life for all Americans and frankly all citizens of the world.
As long as people hold an American ideal, we should work on how America will withstand its progressive aims and identity in the face of much resistance to the name and its progressive principles. As such, we’ll focus on our national needs as they occur.
Communication is Key for Action
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Wikipedia contributors. “Superfund.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 Mar. 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.