Following on from from the last post on the things that happened in '72, there is another thing worth noting about 1972 that has become topical this weekend; and that is the Grateful Dead finally making it to Europe for a tour. You probably had to have discovered their music (and its usual accessories) before then to appreciate the significance - or maybe you got turned on at one of the gigs, or saw them somewhere else. In the UK. In '72 that meant the Empire Pool, Wembley for the opening two nights, the Bickershaw (rain and mud) "Festival" (where they magicked up the sunshine), and the final 4 nights of the tour at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1972 was an extraordinary year - the year The Environment hit the zietgiest.
So what did you do in seventy two?
Did you follow the Blueprint or stand with the PEOPLE?
Was Street Farming your bag, or Appropriate Tech?
Were you Vanguard or Fundo when the movement divided?
Did you hug the trunk of a tree or stand on a pillar?
Did you vote for your choice, or were you Saving the Whale,
Embracing the Base and cutting the wire?
There are a few writers on contemporary affairs who I find consistently interesting and with whom I usually, but not always, agreed. The latest one I've found, initially through her commentary on the Ukrainian situation, but she seems on the nail on many other things too, is Caitlin Johnstone - https://caitlinjohnstone.com/ . So many things to like about her attitude and writing, I know nothing of who she is - I believe she lives in Australia and there maybe some biographical info on her website if that's important to you.
With people like this publishing I often feel that I don't need to write anything myself! Very happy to subscribe to be blog with a small donation - check her out....
Its all very well railing against the ineffectiveness of the current movements for human ecological sustainability (see previous two posts) but what should we do until a credible Gaian Rebel Army (GRA ?) emerges?
I'm not going to go Shopping for Semtex yet - although I imagine it is possible to acquire the means to destroy infrastructure through the magic of the dark-web, so what till then?
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