In a comment to this post, mvp Alain writes:
Or the social justice and peace movements of the 60's presented an opportunity for genuine realignment but failed in the face of a massive counter-reaction of the establishment. The contemporary celebration of their failure is perhaps a symptom of that loss?
I think it's safe to say that the true extent of this counter-reaction or conservative backlash, from the criminal "justice" system/prison boom to the military-industrial complex to the semi-covert militarization of space...has yet to be fully appreciated, and most likely will not be for some time yet. Once again, Christian Parenti has made a start. But there is an environmental component to this story that the rhetorical fog of permanent "war" threatens to obscure.
Namely, that perhaps the fallout from World War II represents not a moral so much as an environmental paradigm shift.
Polluting as we go, the chances of getting some form of cancer are now 1-in-2 for men, and 1-in-3 for women.
But no need to worry about pollution, no need to worry about building up resistances to antibiotics in the water, or rapidly deteriorating immune systems on an unprecedented global scale. The pink ribbons are here to stay. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded by Imperial Chemical (which retains the rights to veto all material), so we're not about to hear any talk of organochlorines from them, only perennial scolding of women to "eat better, get more exercise, and lose weight." It's all a problem of diet, you see. Not to mention that treating cancer is something of a business these days. It's a racket, some might say. Corporations save money polluting at will, then chanting "early detection is the best protection" and then treating you with all sorts of expensive chemicals, many of which in turn are known to cause other forms of cancer as "side effects". Nothing at all to do with military-industrial environment priorities, this racket. I mean, as the would-be President with *the best* environmental record in the Senate recently so eloquently and so very forcefully argued during the debates...no wait.