Thought we’d take some time to review an interesting Colorado blog.
Not My Tribe is a lefty Colorado Springs-based political blog. RAIM ran into some of their writers during the DNC organizing meetings, as they were strong supporters of Recreate 68. Their politics is something we do not totally agree on, as they espouse much labor aristocracy ideologies, as do most of the First World Left. Nevertheless they do provide a good news source, and do come down more on the side of the Third World.
One recent article is by Marie Walden, titled The Advent Conspiracy. (Advent has something to do with the birth of Christ or the four Sundays before Christmas, or a coming arrival in general. Yeah, had to look it up.) It deals with a Christian based charitable group that provides wells in the Third World.
The Advent conspiracy
By Marie Walden
NOT MY TRIBE – 12/13/2008 2:05PM MDT
Consumerism allows people to create the illusion of giving without having to sacrifice anything personal. Buying loads of useless or unneeded crap, wrapping it up in mountains of toxic paper and ribbon, presenting it, often by mail, to recipients we rarely see seems a requirement for anyone who isn’t Scrooge.
Let’s try something new. Give presence this holiday season. Give time and attention, spend creative energy, become less fractured and manic, more unified and peaceful. Refuse to spend your useless gift quota ($450,000,000,000 spent each year in the U.S. divided by the American gift-buying population — that’s your required outlay). Donate part of the money saved to Living Water International,(www.water.cc) an organization working to provide water wells to undeveloped countries.
A lack of clean water is the leading cause of death in under-resourced countries. 1.8 million people die annually from water-born illnesses, nearly 4,000 children every DAY. It’s estimated that $10 billion would solve the world’s fresh-water crisis. $10 billion. Our national priorities are beyond fucked up.
The $450 billion figure is from the Living Water International site, which in turn cites a press release from the National Retail Federation.
A cursory look at the Website of Living Water International shows it as a Christian charitable organization. We don’t quite advocate money going to this organization without further investigation, but this description does raise warning flags with us, as there is a history of first world charitable groups, especially Christian ones, aiding imperialist interests instead of those it says it is serving.
A look at these numbers show, contrary to what the author says, the Amerikan nation’s priorities are not “fucked up,” but logically follows the reasons for Amerika’s existence. The billions Amerikans will spend on consumer crap in the annual economic stimulus ritual called Christmas is stolen from poor people in the oppressed and exploited countries of the Third World. Amerikans don’t give a damn that less than 2.2 percent of what it spends on Christmas can given clean water to billions of people, they want their stuff.
We call on the Third World to take back what is theirs from these thieving Amerikans. Despite the worldwide economic crisis, Amerikans are still better off while others starve. Those few inside Amerika who stand with humanity should know who they need to side with. It’s time to turn this world upside down.