[Vision2020] Banditry is Not an Option Was: Economists Predicted $90/Barrel...

Chasuk chasuk at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 17:56:42 PST 2008

On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Donovan Arnold
<donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> What if the next president did the same thing with oil? What if the military
> forced itself onto oil rigs and started pumping more oil, and build and
> opened more oil refiners to make sure we had affordable energy in the
> country? What would be the consequences of that action?
> If the president forced the private energy market to charge reasonable
> prices by releasing its own oil production efforts and releasing oil from
> its reserve?

I would be uncomfortable with our military acting as bandits so that
our obese pampered citizenry could continue to make midnight runs to
WinCo for Twinkies and Mountain Dew.  I know, I'm simplifying, but not
by much.  Sometimes, these midnight runs include Twinkies, Mountain
Dew, and Doritos.

Now, being really, sincerely serious, I would never, ever condone
using our miltary as bandits, for whatever reason.  Of course, this
"never, ever" has three exceptions, but I'm fairly confident that
these three exceptions are far removed from reality.

 1.  I'm starving to death.  My three bowls of rice and beans have
diminished to a single bowl of rice and beans, and then to a bowl of
rice without beans.  The menu might vary, but my bare nutritional
needs are not being met.  Banditry is okay by me when it is necessary
to guarantee my literal survival, no other proviso required.

2.  The government spends at least $1 trillion on developing
alternative energy sources.  If we can spend that much money killing
people, we can spend that much money developing ways to unyoke the
world from the petroleum beast.  If our scientists are given that much
money to spend -- with oil companies, oil company lobbyists and oily
politicians put on firm leashes -- thn we would find an oilless

3.  Walk.  I didn't get my driver's license until I was 26 years old.
It expired when I turned 30, which I didn't renew for the next twelve
years.  Somehow, I managed.  Generally, i walked everywhere.  This
obviously isn't viable for everyone, but it is viable for millions of
USians who live two minutes from the supermarket and yet still drive
to the store to pick up that loaf of bread, or that all-important
Snickers.  In other words, for my able-bodied peers who complain about
the price of gas and yet still walk only when their car is in the
shop, I whip out my smallest violin while simultaneously singing  "boo
hoo hoo."


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