I’m auditing a course on globalization in preparation for writing my dissertation on transformative education—you know, my thing on how a revolutionary approach to functional learning can transform mental capacity and fix learning disabilities, one brain at a time.
I hardly expected to weep during the first lecture. Dr. Hoberman let fly with a detail about Chinese plans to build another, bigger version of the Panama canal so that their container ships can more efficiently bring their product to every corner of the planet while blanketing the air with clouds of bunker-fuel smoke and contaminating the waters with shitty ballast water. In one of the best places I’ve ever been.
Have you been to the Eden isle of Ometepe in the middle of Lago Nicaragua, the biggest lake in Central America? Half the size of Maui, with two volcanoes joined by an isthmus just like Maui, it supports 43,000 smiling people. It’s heaven on earth.
And on the shores of the lake? The gorgeous colonial city of Granada awaits the visitor with wide avenues, jaw-dropping buildings, great food and lovely people. For now.
Long ago, before the Panama Canal was built, the Rothschilds wanted to put the canal through gorgeous Lago Nicaragua. That would have ruined the lake and the entire country. Fortunately, a wild-assed American guy, whose name escapes my aging brain at the moment (Walker?) but who actually became president of the country for about seven months, carried out an amazing coup which ultimately put an end to that ecologically idiotic idea (not that he cared about the ecology or the lake, but hey, sometimes history goes the way of the good guys).
Nicaragua has been close to the US for at least 150 years. Too close, some would say. Looking at the paucity of indigenous culture in the country, I have not thought of that association as a good thing. But perhaps in this situation, America can ride to Nicaragua’s rescue.
As for global shipping, I have long suggested that most “industries” in North America are bare-faced fronts for the global transportation and handling industry. Everything said in this lecture supports that insight. If we all bought local first, imports a distant second, would it make a difference?
Let’s do that, anyway. Stop buying imports. Make do, buy local, invent stuff. Enough already so soon again yet with this transportation-industry BS. It’s wrecking the world.