Nader Now! ~ 2004 and Counting Down!!

Save Our Ship . . .  

from the Last Election . . .


The Winds of Change . . .



Ralph Nader is the only candidate who begins to think hard enough about solutions to the problems we are causing in our rush to use up the planet, disregard equity, pretend nature has no rights, destroy the capital it provides at no charge, while the media tend to ignore what he is trying to tell us.

San Franciscans who braved the bruising wind on Earth Day 2000 were rewarded with a superb Nader presentation, and I urge them to wake up the press. Remember Seattle, which Ralph Nader does and the media missed the meaning of. They heard the glass break at Starbucks, and little else. They didn't note how the police had become handmaidens of the transnationals, and were stupid about the value of common man.

Nor did it occur to them that the Washington police became, to borrow the expression from Doonesbury, compassionate fascists, accepting Duke's message and going a step further: if protesters annoy you, arrest 600 of them; they'll get the message.

Let me suggest some other messages. Look up Ralph Nader's overall statement on our web site The Wildness Within Us.

Read William Greider's series in The Nation, starting with "Raising a Ruckus For Global Justice."

When you get a chance, try these three books: Natural Capitalism, by Paul Hawken, Amory and Hunter Lovins; Democracy at Risk (Rescuing Main Street from Wall Street), by Jeff Gates (no relation), and Midpoint Correction, by Ray Anderson.

If you find it hard to get and read books, get the gist of what they are saying and Ralph Nader has been thinking for quite some time from the poem Robert Arthur Lewis wrote for Seattle, Why We Are Here, which he had wanted to remain anonymous but we overlooked the anonymity when including it in Let the Mountains Talk, by Steve Chappel and me.

Is this, per chance, why you went to Seattle, or wish you had gone?

Because the world we had imagined,
the one we had always counted on
is disappearing.
Because the sun is becoming cancerous
and the planet is getting hotter.
Because children are starving in the shadows
of yachts and economic summits.
Because there are already too many planes in the sky.

This is the manufactured world
you have come here to codify and expedite.
We have come to tell you
there is something else we want to buy.

What we want money no longer recognizes,
like the vitality of nature, the integrity of work.
We don't want cheaper wood, we want living trees.
We don't want engineered fruit, we want to see
and smell the fruit growing
in our own neighborhoods.

We are here because a voice inside us,
a memory in our blood, tells us
you are not just a trade body, you are the blind tip
of a dark wave that has forgotten its source.
We are here to defend and honor
what is real, natural, human, and basic
against the rising tide of greed.

We are here by the insistence of spirit
and by the authority of nature.
If you doubt for one minute the power of truth
or the primacy of nature
try not breathing for that length of time.

Now you know the pressure of our desire.
We are not here to tinker with your laws.
We are here to change you from the inside out.
This is not a political protest.
It is an uprising of the soul.

A small group at the President's Council on Environmental Quality heard Father Thomas Berry tell us "Put the Bible on the shelf for twenty years and read the Earth." I think we can do both. Read the Earth eloquently, and don't overlook Isaiah's "Thou hast multiplied the nation and not increased the joy." Or what Christ said about Solomon's clothes compared to the lilies of the field. Who was it who first said the clothes have no emperor.

The man who wrote Unsafe at Any Speed will be a good man to advise the World Bank and IMF about the speeds at which they have been driving.

                                                                                              David R. Brower
Berkeley, CA   4/24/2000

Founder and chairman, Earth Island Institute; founder of Friends of the Earth (now in 66 countries, two million members), League of Conservation Voters, Fate of the Earth Conferences, Sierra Club Foundation, co-founder of John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Executive Director, Sierra Club 1952-69, Nobel Peace Prize nominee three times, Blue Planet Prize, Japan, 1998, world-class mountaineer when it didn't take much class, born in Berkeley 7-1-12, Married Anne Hus 1943, four children, three grandchildren, author of three books, editor of about 100, combat veteran, Tenth Mountain Division, WW II, Sophomore dropout, UC Berkeley, with 9 honorary degrees, favorite sport, Creative Sloth.