Educating the public

Debordagoria phantasmagorias at
Wed May 10 09:52:03 MDT 2000

Wow, that Lou!  Hot, out of breath (and old, as he
always points out), and he can still give a passer-by
a lecture on global warming and the need for socialist

--- Louis Proyect <lnp3 at> wrote:
> (New York City has just declared an Environmental
> Emergency. It has been
> over 96 degrees for the past 3 days and there are
> deep worries about a
> blackout. My building has shut down half the
> elevators and urged tenants to
> keep electricity use to a minimum. The heat wave has
> thrown maintenance for
> a loop at Columbia University, as air
> conditioners--normally not turned on
> before June--are not ready for use. Never has the
> university seen it so hot
> in early May. My department was let out early and I
> took the opportunity to
> go running my normal 4 miles in Central Park a
> couple of hours early. After
> completing my route, I am drenched in sweat and
> leaving the park, where I
> catch the eye of a short, bearded, rather perplexed
> looking middle-aged man.)
> HIM: With the weather like this, what's the summer
> gonna be like.
> ME: A season in hell?
> HIM: What's going on?
> ME: (Pointing to a string of cars waiting at a red
> light at the entrance to
> the park). That's what's going on. They're causing
> global warming.
> HIM: Oh yeah, pollution.
> ME: Actually, not pollution at all. It's carbon
> dioxide, the normal output
> of an internal combustion engine. When it hits the
> atmosphere, it causes a
> greenhouse effect, raising the temperature.
> HIM: That's crazy.
> ME: Only if you think that the capitalist system is
> crazy. General Motors
> depends on car sales to make profits. The more cars
> that are sold, the
> hotter it gets. We don't just have to worry about
> the heat. We also have to
> worry about a new outbreak of West Nile Encephalitis
> from the mosquitoes
> that survived an abnormally hot winter. Or about
> getting cancer from the
> Malathion the city used to try to kill them.
> HIM: And we get stuck with two nobodies running for
> president.
> ME: We don't need good candidates. We need a
> revolution.
> (He smiled and waved as I trotted off back to my
> apartment.)
> Louis Proyect
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