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E-M:/ Dow's Hard Ball - What would Granholm say?


Dow Chemical has joined nineteen other chemical companies is a mobbing campaign against Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, two of our country's top environmental historians. They are the authors of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, among other works. You might have seen them on Bill Moyer's Trade Secrets. See http://www.doctorshealthsupply.com/dentists/trade_secrets_a_moyers_report.htm

To learn exactly what Dow is doing, see this article out in this week's Nation:

Cancer, Chemicals and History
by Jon Wiener

The implications of this fight go to the very heart of free speech in this country, a right that few of us really have as proponents of the art know. But Dow's arrogance of power in this case could only happen in a culture of Spartan capitalism.

It is an echo of Bush's heartless call to destroy social security, keep killing Iraqi innocents (over 100,000 dead so far according to Lancet), and pump another $80 billion into war (when just $40 billion would give every man woman and child health insurance, preventing needless death. . .Last year an estimated 18,000 U.S. citizens died because of no health insurance according to a study by the Institute of Medicine. See http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0304/Jan19_04/00.shtml

We are living in the time of neoliberal capitalism, what top educational theorist Henry Giroux calls a "proto-fascist" age in his excellent The Terror of Neoliberalism (2004).

Let's individuate, emasculate and privatize the planet, they say. And stop the intellectuals like Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner from talking about it in influential social forums.

If only Markowitz and Rosner had studied something safe, like 18th century yellow fever!

It's looking more and more like the deep seated contradiction of our times is coming to surface: socialism or barbarism. And we need to make sure the socialism is democratic.
And at this time the Granholm administration would rather coddle Dow than make them do the right thing.

Brian McKenna