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a two-level strategy

“Whether by design, or simply inertia, the Republican wrecking ball has been following a two-level strategy. Trump keeps the spotlight on himself with one act after another, assuming (correctly) that yesterday’s antics will be swept aside by today’s. And at the same time, often beneath the radar, the “respectable” Republican establishment chips away at government programs that might be of benefit to the general population, but not to their constituency of extreme wealth and corporate power. They are systematically pursuing what Financial Times economic correspondent Martin Wolf calls “pluto-populism,” a doctrine that imposes “policies that benefit plutocrats, justified by populist rhetoric.””

-Noam Chomsky

This makes sense to me. It seems a fairly decent description of what’s happening at the moment. Anyone else agree? How do we stop it?

misplaced priorities

Whose priorities?:

Many people still fail to realize that  food security is intractably interwoven into our global security. A hungry world is an insecure world. Global security would be greatly enhanced by ensuring that hunger is eradicated in our lifetime.

The cost of ending hunger is actually almost insignificant. This is true when measured against just the military spending of the United States, not even factoring in the defense budgets of the other developed countries of the world.

Ending hunger should be a major strategy in achieving a safer and more secure world. It’s not as sexy as billion dollar bombers, but it is far more moral and a a hell of a lot more cost effective.

without food…

“Without food, all other components of social justice are meaningless.” – Norman Borlaug

An estimated 925 million people in the world are undernourished, meaning they are deprived of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health.

We know that poverty, the principal cause of undernourishment, is brought about by conflict, unequal income distribution, lack of resources, harmful economic systems, climate change, and is perpetuated by hunger itself.

The father of the Green Revolution couldn’t be more correct in this pointed assessment.

We will never end hunger by feeding people…but that is where the vision of a world without hunger must begin. Ending hunger has to be the foundation of any plan, process or strategy aimed at achieving social justice.

Once there is food, other issues can be addressed, and definitely should be. But until there is daily bread nothing else matters.

Good News to one who is hungry is not salvation, human rights or even world peace. Good News to one who is hungry is only one word: food.