Monday, December 22, 2014

Howard Zinn essay remembering holy outlaw Berrigan

Today I surfed around looking for stories that testify to the close relationship between corporate abuses of power and widespread poverty.

I found this story, which does not explain why they are related, but describes one person's heroic response to various kinds of unjust wars and general injustices.


Phil Berrigan was a hero in a time when we cannot find heroes among the politicians in Washington, much less the timorous press.
The real heroes are not on national television or in the headlines. They are the nurses, the doctors, the teachers, the social workers, the janitors, the hospital orderlies, the construction workers, the people who keep the society going, who help people in need. They are the advocates for the homeless, the students asking a living wage for the campus janitors, the environmental activists trying to protect the trees, the air, the water. And they are the protesters against war, the apostles of peace in a world going mad with violence....
Altogether, Phil Berrigan served more than ten years in various prisons for his passionate insistence that war was a cruel response to the problems people faced in this country and around the globe. 

Question: How does Toyota's refusal to admit to the reality of its sudden acceleration defects ultimately lead to disempowerment and poverty? O most profatable Toyota, you know the answer.