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The culture of life (01/09/2013)
From: Lorraine Redig

The County Commissioners have the power to serve human rights right here by saying “NO” to the part of ecology-destroying frac-sand industry that is beginning in Winona County. The Environmental Review Board is required to review the Yoder and Dabelstein mines together because the same company is behind them. They didn’t.

Business and land owners in Winona County who want the frac sand operations didn’t invent Capitalism’s culture of greed. Everyone has a right to make a living, but no one has the right to harm the ability of earth to support life or harm their neighbor’s health. There will be jobs connected to generating safe, renewable energy.

Capitalism is a pathetic, publicly supported religion of materialism. It is the most productive, most destructive, and the most deadly economic /political/social system.

There is enough wealth for all producers and their families to meet their needs, but Capitalism divides that wealth extremely unjustly through “Supply and Demand”, a wealth transfer system that uses many producers as cheap resources. That’s not respect for life.

Capitalism features cutthroat, unequal opportunity competition against everyone else for short-term wealth for a few, so Mother-ship Earth is well into the worst mass-extinction in 65 million years. An ecological-disaster cliff looms.

Will Mother-ship Earth be here for your grandchildren? Will they admire you because you chose to be part of the solution by saying “No” to frac sand? Or, will they feel betrayed because you chose to remain part of the problem?

Not even the rich are happy with competitive greed. Let’s establish a Culture of Life. Love and cooperation for the common good produces happiness.

When “We, the People” stop following Capitalism, Capitalism can no longer lead us! “We the People” have the power of love to establish an economic /social/ political system that will make this into “a nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” where every job returns a living wage to every producer. Then business will prosper as they create jobs to meet those needs. The common good is good for everyone. That’s the Culture of Life. 

 

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