16 Feb 2009
All ital blog live! Dread Times
In the name of the Most High JaH Ras Tafari
Welcome in the name of the Trinity of Life
The Holy Father
The Divine Mother
The Sacred Child
Yes Nandor has a new blog, full of the controversial and the fascinating from the former New Zealand Member of Parliament...I was lucky enough to have him write the preface to my book Babylon and Beyond.
Nandor, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cynthia Mckinney....green politics is darker shade than most people think who assume it is a white middle class north European thang.
You can read Nandor's preface to my book here:
Nandor reveals the latest on how the State spied on him when he was a Member of Parliament.
I value Nandor most because of his understanding of property rights...property rights are killing our environment so we need to rethink them, in Babylon he noted:
We humans think that we can own the planet, as if fleas could own a dog. Our concepts of property ownership are vastly different from traditional practises of recognising use rights over various resources. A right to grow or gather food or other resources in a particular place is about meeting needs. Property ownership is about the ability to live on one side of the world and speculate on resources on the other, possibly without ever seeing it, without regard to need or consequence.
The ability to ‘own’ property is fundamental to capitalism. Since the first limited liability companies - the Dutch and British East India Companies - were formed, we have seen the kidnapping and enslavement of 20 - 60 million African people and the rape, murder and exploitation of indigenous people around the world. Colonisation was primarily about mercantile empires, not political ones. It was all about forcing indigenous, communitarian people to accept private individual ownership of resources, which could then be alienated, either by being bought or stolen. The subsequent political colonisation was just about how to enforce that ownership.
Today property rights are being extended through GATT and TRIPS agreements and through institutions such as the WTO and the World Bank. Private property rights are being imposed over public assets such as water, intellectual property and, through genetic engineering and biopiracy, on DNA sequences. Even traditional healing plants are under threat. In Aotearoa - New Zealand we have had multinationals attempting to patent piko piko and other native plants. This is all part of the ‘free’ trade corporate globalisation agenda - to create tradeable rights over our common wealth, accumulate ownership and then sell back to us what is already ours