In Appreciation of Bill Moyers and Amy Goodman
- Sept. 2, 2007
These two giants of journalism deserve a Nobel Prize in Communications for attempting to preserve the truth on television air waves. This morning I watched 92-year-old Grace Lee Boggs (on Bill Moyers' Journal) explain why we must rebell against the triple tyrannies of race, out-sourcing and militarism to save a planet in emergent distress. A few weeks ago I watched John Perkins, on Amy Goodman's The War and Peace Report, reveal how Economic Hit Men (EHMs) cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, USAID and other organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Using fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections and extortion, they play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions in this new era of globalization.
Other stories have been told on these two beacons of freedom, stories which give us hope that perhaps all is not lost after all. Mrs. Boggs sees signs that people are starting to wake up; the call for grass roots rebellion is being heard. I marvel at her optimism and patience. When are people going to stop criticizing Al Gore for his hypocracy and start to deal with their own? When are the well-meaning citizens of the world going to stop whining about the "compactness" of the Prius and take one for a test drive? When are people going to realize that they have been duped by the White House? When will they see that 9/11 was really an expression of rebellion against our hegemony? When are the masses going to listen to Amy Goodman and Bill Moyers? They're not hard to understand. Listen up, America! I'm not as patient as Mrs. Boggs.