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Re: let's build a unified movement, not fight each other
Sam, et al,
Let's please not get into a flame war about generalized view of
bureaucrats and activists. I work with both agency folks and NGOs
and I would hesitate to draw conclusions about them as individuals.
What is important to note is that there is a basic problem
with the agencies. There is a world view that is regulatory in
nature, that looks for paper solutions to real problems. eg. the
woman with the dying baby has no use for the agency's
ineffectual, non-enforcement of "protective" standards. On the
otherhand, there can be nothing more useful and effective than the
right person in the right position. I am quite familiar with the
water quality specialist who is unable to get the action he wishes
through the process and looks to us, the activists, as partners in
his team to get an bad apple out of the basket.
It is very important to reward and protect those individuals who feed
us information, demand the data with which we can take the bastards
to court, and especially those rare individuals who demand and expect
compliance.. Those folks are the heros who deserve our praise.
Unfortunately, for every one of them there are 20 who either just
collect a pay check, or are happy pawns of the industry. They take
jobs with the industry they regulate, they believe every thing the
industry tells them, and they consider their job to be to protect the
economic system not the health of the community.
Let's be sure to give those parasites the hell they deserve,
but distinguish them from the heroes.
"Today he plays jazz; tomorrow he betrays his country."
Stanlinist Slogan in the Soviet Union (1920s).