Planet of the Humans: how environmental and green energy movements were taken over by capitalists
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A delusion-shattering documentary on how the
environmental and green energy movements have been taken over by capitalists.
Film Review by
and Mary Ann Brussat
Planet of the Humans is available to stream for
free on YouTube for 30 days, beginning on April
21, 2020, the eve of Earth Day.
here to watch the documentary. A discussion with
Executive Producer Michael Moore, Writer/Director
Jeff Gibbs, and Producer Ozzie Zehner, recorded
on April 22, can be viewed <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBGcEK8FD3w>here.
We remember well the first Earth Day. Mary Ann's
brother Philip had helped to organize the event,
including the big celebration on the mall in
Washington, D.C. So we had plenty of advance
notice of its significance, and we
enthusiastically joined the crowd in New York
City's Union Square Park. In the 50 years since,
we have remained committed to environmental
causes, attending more rallies, making donations
to various organizations, divesting from fossil
fuels with our investments, and participating in
recycling and other projects. Like others, we've
hailed the rise of green energy options like
solar and wind power. And we've read and reviewed
the books and the documentaries by environmental activists.
Watching this documentary, written, directed, and
produced by Jeff Gibbs, a lifelong
environmentalist, and executive produced by
award-winning documentary filmmaker and social
prophet Michael Moore, we realized that what we've been doing is not enough.
In fact, what all of us have been doing may not
be enough.The film opens with on-the-street
interviews with a variety of people asking them
how long they think humans have on earth. Gibbs
asks his own questions: "How you ever wondered
what would happen if a single species took over
an entire planet? Maybe they are cute; maybe they
are clever, but lack a certain self-restraint.
What if they go way, way, way, way, way too far?
How would they know when it is their time to go?"
Sobering questions, especially in light of the
delusion-shattering information to come in the next two hours.
Let's start with the promise of green energy,
embraced by President Barack Obama, airline owner
Richard Branson, philanthropist Michael
Bloomberg, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, the
Sierra Club and other environmental
organizations, and a large percentage of the
public. Electric cars, solar panels, and wind
turbines were to be the alternatives to a
reliance on fossil fuels, but it hasn't turned
out to be that simple. An electric car is charged
from an outlet powered by the local company that
relies on coal and natural gas. A site for wind
turbines in Vermont requires that a forest be cut
down, a mountain-top removal similar to what seen
in coal country. In an upsetting sequence, we see
all the materials that have to be mined,
transported, and processed to make solar panels.
And still, both solar and wind power requires a
backup system for rainy and windless days --
which turn out to be power generated by burning
fossil fuels. Gibbs asks: "Can machines made by
industrial civilizations save industrial civilizations?"
When solar and wind did not provide the answer,
biomass became the energy alternative -- most
often the burning of wood chips made from trees
and waste wood, like old railroad ties. But just
because trees can be planted and harvested, does
that make them a sustainable form of energy? What
about the fuels used to power the machines
cutting down the trees and converting them into chips?
Nevertheless, environmental "leaders" have jumped
on the biomass bandwagon. Bill McKibben, having
noted that trees grow much faster than the
thousands of years it takes to make coal or oil,
is shown speaking at a stockholders' meeting
about how biomass must happen everywhere. Robert
Kennedy, Jr., and Al Gore, both known for their
environmental stands, are also defenders of this
"sustainable" solution. One of the few opposing
voices is Indian activist and anti-globalization
author Vandana Shiva, who says: "We are talking
about the old oil economy trying to maintain
itself now through another raw material, the
green planet. . . . The big crisis of our time is
that our minds have been manipulated to give
power to illusions. We shifted to measuring to
growth not in terms of how life is enriched but
in terms of how life is destroyed."
With plenty of examples to back up his arguments,
Gibbs posits that we are turning what was left of
nature into profit. Whether we are burning trees,
killing animals to render their fat for use as a
liquid fuel, or harvesting seaweed and algae to
fuel Navy ships, the natural world has become
just another product in the profit-making system.
As leaders join boards and endorse various
strategies, the "takeover of the environmental
movement by capitalists is complete."
Planet of the Humans may seem to be an odd choice
of a film to release on Earth Day, an annual
feel-good event that is usually associated with
celebrations of the planet, excursions in nature,
and lots of speeches about how much good is
happening. We don't like to think about the
negative and shadow sides of the environmental movement. But Gibbs says:
"I truly believe that the path to change comes
from awareness, that awareness alone can begin to
create the transformation. There is a way out of
this. We humans must accept that infinite growth
on a finite planet is suicide. We must accept
that our human presence is already far beyond
sustainability and all that that implies. We must
take control of our environmental movement and
our future from billionaires and their permanent
war on Planet Earth. They are not our friends.
Less must be the new more. And instead of climate
change, we must at long last accept that it is
not the carbon dioxide molecule destroying the
planet, it's us. It's not one thing but
everything we humans are doing, a human caused
apocalypse. If we get ourselves under control, all things are possible."
What we need is the spiritual
of reverence, radical respect for the Earth and
all the beings -- animate and inanimate -- upon
it. All the spiritual traditions have taught and
recognized that reverence is a transformational
practice both for individuals and societies.
Thomas Berry, a Catholic priest, a historian of
religions, and a "geologian," put it wisely in
his classic book The Dream of the Earth:
"The change that is taking place on the Earth and
in our minds is one of the greatest changes ever
to take place in human affairs, perhaps the
greatest, since what we are talking about is not
simply another historical change or cultural
modification, but a change of geological and
biological as well as psychological order of
magnitude. We are changing the Earth on a scale
comparable only to the changes in the structure
of the Earth and of life that took place during
some hundreds of millions of years of Earth development.
"While such an order of magnitude can produce a
paralysis of thought and action, it can, we hope,
also awaken in us a sense of what is happening,
the scale on which things are happening, and move
us to a program of reinhabiting the Earth in a
truly human manner. It could awaken in us an
awareness of our need for all the living
companions we have here on our homeland planet.
To lose any of these splendid companions is to
diminish our own lives. "To learn how to live
graciously together would make us worthy of this
unique, beautiful, blue planet that evolved in
its present splendor over some billions of years,
a planet that we should give over to our children
with the assurance that this great community of
the living will lavish upon them the care that it
has bestowed so abundantly upon ourselves."
The Government Asked Councils To House Every
Rough Sleeper. Here's What Happened Next
Thousands of rough sleepers now have a roof over
their heads. But the challenges faced by the
community don't vanish once they're inside a hotel room.
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On March 26, MP Luke Hall, minister for local
government and homelessness, wrote to local
authorities across the UK and asked them to house
every rough sleeper by the end of the weekend.
Three days had passed since Boris Johnson
announced a nationwide lockdown, and serious
questions were being asked about
was being done to protect some of the countrys most vulnerable residents.
Our strategy must be to bring in those on the
streets to protect their health and stop wider
transmission, particularly in hot spot areas, he
wrote, setting out six steps local authorities
should take in order to protect the nations street homeless.
The announcement, which hit headlines the
following morning, was met with widespread
praise. A total of £3.2m of emergency support for
homeless across England had already been
announced 10 days earlier, but this new move
represented a shift of unprecedented scale.
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In fact, it was St Mungos, not the government,
that first saw Covid-19 as an opportunity to get
everyone off the streets. The homelessness
charity ran with the idea two weeks before the governments announcement.
The demand hasnt changed it was always there
but what weve had is the opportunity to do
something about it, and in a wholly innovative
way, explained the charitys chief exec Howard Sinclair.
Weve been able to accommodate thousands of
people in a way we couldnt have dreamed of. We
led on that opportunity and demonstrated it could
work in London, which meant the government then
said to everyone: This is what you need to do.
It wasnt in response to the government it was
a response to a real humanitarian situation where
we just couldnt allow people to stay on the streets.
The government has since poured £3.2bn into local
authorities in order to help them combat the
challenges posed by coronavirus, with some of
that money expected to fund rooms largely in
hotels and B&Bs for rough sleepers so they have
somewhere safe to self isolate.
In London alone, more than 1,000 people have been
taken off the streets and housed in temporary
accommodation. A spokesperson for the mayor of
London said that at the start of the crisis there
were an estimated 11,000 homeless people in London.
They added: Up to 2,000 were either on the
streets or in shelters where sleeping is
communal so they are our priority and we now
have more than 1,100 of those in City Hall funded accommodation.
The vast majority of the remaining 900 are being
helped by individual boroughs, who are operating
their own programmes independently.
The government has said 90% of rough sleepers have been housed,
BARRY LEWIS VIA GETTY IMAGESThe government has
said 90% of rough sleepers have been housed, but
grassroots organisations and larger charities alike are concerned.
By April 19, 90% of rough sleepers had reportedly
been offered a place to see through the crisis,
according to housing secretary Robert Jenrick.
Of course, the number of people sleeping rough is
not a static one, and it is feared that the
conditions of lockdown from people facing
illegal evictions to those fleeing domestic
violence will lead to even more people on the streets.
A spokesperson for Bristol City Council, which
has housed more than 200 homeless people since
the start of the crisis, said: We are not
working in a static environment, and the Outreach
Team and Street Intervention Service will connect
with anyone who comes onto the street in order to help find them accommodation.
Homelessness is very complex and not everyone
wants to move into accommodation, but we will
continue supporting people in the best ways possible.
With an accurate number of those sleeping rough
notoriously difficult to calculate, HuffPost UK
contacted the Ministry of Housing, Communities
and Local Government to ask how the figure of 90%
had been collated, and asked if this figure would
be reviewed as the current situation continues.
A spokesperson from the department said local
authorities across England were asked at the
start of the crisis to provide an estimate of the
total number of people sleeping rough and in
accommodation with communal sleeping spaces, such as night shelters.
They added that officials were aware of a
shifting population of rough sleepers, but did
not clarify whether or not the figure of 90%
would be updated in the weeks and months to come.
Staff at Streetlink, which operates an app, phone
line and website allowing homeless people either
to self-refer for help, or to be referred by a
member of the public, have been inundated with alerts.
Between April 1 and April 22, 2019, the service
received 2,271 an average of 103 a day. A year
later, that figure has increased by 70%, with a
team of just six to eight staff and a couple of
volunteers each day fielding an average of 177 calls every 24 hours.
Alerts from the public have risen by more than
half (55%), but self-referrals from rough
sleepers have have rocketed by 740%: a total of
462 from April 1 to April 22 this year.
Coronavirus has meant thousands of homeless people are off the
HENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERSCoronavirus has meant
thousands of homeless people are off the streets
but those who are left behind have been cut off from vital services.
A spokesperson told HuffPost UK this could be
down to homeless people becoming more visible due
to quieter streets, increased public concern
about people sleeping rough, local authorities
explicitly asking members of the public to refer
homeless people through the site, and the closure
of day centres and public toilets.
Its a big spike in demand for a small team but
the bigger concern is the capacity of the services on the ground.
Council- and charity-run outreach teams,
sometimes informed by Streetlinks alerts, are
the mechanism through which the government is
expecting the homeless to be housed. They have
limited numbers of staff, and councils have
limited amounts of accommodation to offer those who need it.
The key mistake is relying on a system that is
broken to repair the system. It just cant happen. Everythings changed.
Grassroots organisations like Ealing Soup Kitchen
and Streets Kitchen are concerned that rough
sleepers particularly those without a phone or
who do not speak English are going undetected.
Andrew Mcleay, manager at Ealing Soup Kitchen,
explained: By registering them with Streetlink
you the assume these people are then accounted
for, but in our experience that hasnt always been the case.
There are still people, even now, who have never
been found by Streetlink or have had any contact
with them. There are quite a number of people
still out there who dont speak English, which
presents quite a problem to Streetlink and the
outreach teams, because how would they even
communicate with them without a translator?
While there are practical issues with referral
systems like Streetlink, the fact people are
still out on the street is rooted in systemic
issues, according to Jon Glackin of grassroots
outreach service Streets Kitchen.
The process is broken, he said. It doesnt
work. It works sometimes, but thats not good
enough people are not getting through.
The key mistake is relying on a system that is
broken to repair the system. It just cant happen. Everythings changed.
Its shown that mutual aid groups and community
groups are the backbones of communities at the
moment. Theyre keeping them alive.
The stresses compounded by lockdown mean that
even as local authorities are trying to house
rough sleepers, more people are finding
themselves suddenly homeless and with nowhere to go.
A lot of people are being made homeless at the
moment, through illegal evictions, backpacking
hostels being closed, B&Bs being closed, sofa
surfers being kicked out, Glackin said.
Theres a whole deluge of people hitting the
streets. Were seeing lots of new faces at our
kitchens, which is very worrying.
Hannah Gousy, head of policy at Crisis, said red
tape was stopping vulnerable people such as
those fleeing domestic violence, or some groups
of migrants accessing safe emergency accommodation.
Gousy added: Were hearing examples of where
local authorities are applying the legal tests
within the homelessness legislation and thats
presenting as a big barrier for people moving
into both emergency and permanent accommodation.
In terms of what those legal barriers are, they
could be denying someone assistance on the basis
that theyre not able to prove they have local connections.
It could also be denying people assistance
because theyre not deemed to be a priority need.
That could be women who are fleeing domestic
abuse that arent deemed vulnerable enough to be
in that category, and obviously thats something
weve seen a huge spike in during the coronavirus
outbreak so were very, very concerned about that.
Local authorities are also being instructed by
government to reapply the no recourse to public
funds criterion that was briefly lifted under
the everyone in initiative, Gousy said. No
recourse to public funds is a condition imposed
on some migrants, meaning a person cant access certain pots of public money.
The MCHLG said councils had been given
flexibility to determine how they spent the cash,
but were expected to meet their statutory duties.
A dire situation for those left behind
A government spokesperson told HuffPost UK: The
effort to get rough sleepers off the streets
during this crisis has been a success by any measure.
Thanks to the close co-operation between
government, councils and charities, thousands of
rough sleepers are staying safe and following public health guidelines.
While thousands of people have managed to find a
safe place to self-isolate thanks to the scheme,
organisations working with vulnerable people say
many more hidden homeless are struggling as the
services that support them are forced to adapt.
Mcleay said there were dozens of rough sleepers
who had fallen through the gaps with at least 30 known to the organisation.
After the lockdown was announced and the
government said they were going to house
everybody, I started to put my number on a slip
of paper inside the take away meal packages we do, Mcleay explained.
I must have had about 45 phone calls from people
telling me that they were sleeping rough and
hadnt been offered anywhere to stay, and they
were telling me about their friends too so in
all I had the names of about 60 people. A few
weeks on, I would say there are still at least 30
people we know about without anywhere to shelter.
Theres just no way of reaching these people
the outreach teams are so stretched, and already
working in really difficult circumstances, that
those people who are less visible, who cant
speak English or dont have a phone, are just falling through the gaps.
While thousands of people have been housed, many more remain on
ANDY BUCHANAN VIA GETTY IMAGESWhile thousands of
people have been housed, many more remain on the
streets and struggling to access vital services.
When this help doesnt reach our clients they
start to ask questions like: Why not me? Its
hard not to feel like were failing people, like
theyve been promised something we cant possibly deliver.
Meanwhile, those without a roof over their heads
have found themselves severed from many of the
services clean clothes, haircuts, showers,
mental health support and socialisation that
made the demands of sleeping rough easier to cope with.
Without the patchwork of soup kitchens, libraries
and shelters, many have been left with nowhere
left to turn. For those who dont speak English,
or the many usually older rough sleepers
without access to a phone or internet, the challenges are even greater.
Mcleay explained: In ordinary times we offer
showers, as do many other day centres across the
capital if someone really wanted to, they could
probably wash every day. But now everything is
closed, and people who are still on the streets
have nowhere to go and are facing the prospect of
going months without a shower.
What sort of health problems will that bring up?
How can we make sure these people are kept safe
when some of them are completely cut off from the
information they need? What we need to do just
goes so, so far beyond putting people between four walls.
Everyones trying their best, but social
distancing measures mean we cant do haircuts, we
cant clean clothes, we cant allow people to
gather or speak with the volunteers as they used
to. Sometimes our sessions would be the only
conversation a client had for a week, and now its gone.
His concerns are echoed by organisations working
with homeless people across the country, who have
already seen those left out on the streets forced
to accept serious risks to their health just to
access basic needs like drinking water.
I know of cases in Hackney of homeless people
drinking toilet water because that was the only
water they could get, from a public toilet
without a working sink, said Glackin.
Weve had to bring in loads of water because,
remember, McDonalds is closed, Burger King is
closed, all the day services are closed,
churches, most public toilets, everythings
closed. Its a huge, dire, situation.
Its important to note that people are not just
on the streets because they havent been found
outreach teams across the country are in touch
with rough sleepers who, for a variety of complex
reasons, have refused, or been unable to take up, offers of accommodation.
A spokesperson for Hackney Council said the local
authority was aware of nine people still sleeping
rough within its borders, all of whom were in
touch with outreach services and had been offered accommodation.
They added: The council has been talking to
these residents over a long period of time and
many of these entrenched rough sleepers have
underlying physical and mental health problems,
and substance- or alcohol-related problems.
The availability of accommodation is not the
primary factor for these residents remaining on the streets.
Rebecca Rennison, Hackneys deputy mayor and
housing chief, said: We had already placed more
than 50 rough sleepers in safe, self-contained
accommodation even before the governments
request. With an offer of accommodation in place
for every person known to be sleeping rough in
the borough, the vast majority of homeless people
in Hackney are now safe off the streets and
receiving food, healthcare and other support.
But each individual has complex needs that will
not be solved overnight and we continue to work
with outreach organisations to help those who
remain on the street take up offers of accommodation.
Adapting to life inside four walls
The pledge to house the homeless through the
crisis has given many their best chance at
avoiding the virus. But the drastic change to
what for some people has been a lifestyle for
many years has posed its own challenges.
Mcleay said he knew of at least five or six
people who had already been asked to leave
accommodation after struggling to adjust to
living within four walls, whilst others were
facing difficulties with abrupt social isolation.
He said: The council pays for hotel rooms to put
these guys up in, but quite a few of them have
already been kicked out and are on the streets now.
They could have been misbehaving, but the whole
point of this process was to make sure they
werent infecting other people or getting
infected themselves so by kicking them out youre
sort of invalidating that whole process. Its a
really difficult one, because for a lot of our
clients hotels probably arent the right place to be.
Some of these people have lived on the streets
for years, and suddenly youre putting them
inside four walls and theyre cut off from those
routines theyve depended on to survive. Its so
hard, because they need to stay there to stay
safe, but to isolate in that way goes against
pretty much every instinct we have.
Many day centres and outreach groups that
typically provide supplies of food, a laundry
service and mental health support have found
themselves having to radically alter the way they work.
Free meals are being delivered to hotels, and
takeaway services have replaced the traditional soup kitchens.
Under new regulations put in place for the
lockdown certain business are subject to
restrictions and closures including restaurants
and cafes but services providing food or drink
to the homeless are excluded from this directive.
Where mealtimes used to be a potential
opportunity to help identify the needs of those
on the streets, social distancing rules now mean
rough sleepers have to take their food and quickly disperse.
HuffPost UK spoke to a number of groups,
including Exeter-based St Petrocks, which have
started to deliver meals to hotels that are
hosting clients, and are even providing support
such as mental health sessions via Zoom.
Spokesperson Lucy Patrick said: Covid-19 has
fundamentally changed the way we work across our
entire service, but particularly the workings of
our day centre because people cant just drop in anymore.
We are providing daily takeaway services to the
hotels and we also have support workers going in
with to help with things like getting our clients clothes clean.
With regards to our other survival services,
things like the mental health clinic obviously
cant work as a drop-in any more, but were
really pushing to advertise on our website the
fact that this can be accessed through Zoom.
In Exeter, as of April 24, there were 14 people
recorded as living on the streets.
Since March 27, the council has accommodated 56
individuals or families, including people
sleeping rough and those at rick of being on the
streets, those released from prison, and people
who have lost accommodation in the days since.
A spokesperson for Exeter City Council said 94%
of known rough sleepers known to the city had
been housed, with £88,180 being spent so far.
What happens when this is all over?
Weeks on from the governments announcement,
theres still no clarity on what will happen when
the lockdown lifts, or when the funding runs out.
Organisations working with some of the most
vulnerable people in society are seriously
concerned that rough sleepers will be forced back out onto the streets.
Gousy said: What we would be calling on the
government to do is ensure there is a robust
strategy in place so everybody whos been housed
during this period is made an offer of settled
housing, so theyre not forced to return back to
the streets or into homeless accommodation.
Ensuring that people are made a priority for
social housing, ensuring that people can access
the private rented sector, will be absolutely vital.
Sinclair shares the fear that lifting lockdown
could see a significant rise in the number of people sleeping rough.
The St Mungos chief exec said: Were seeing
more people going on to the streets than in
normal times, and we need to figure out why.
We need to get to those people swiftly and come
to a way of finding solutions for them. My fear
is that amid the economic difficulties and the
unemployment well see more and more people on
the streets over the next few months.
He explained that, when designated severe
weather beds open up in the winter, 80% of those
who come inside dont return to rough sleeping.
It is hoped that this crisis, too, could be an
opportunity to help guide people away from the streets for good.
He added Well work with each person to come up
with a personal plan and then well going back to
local authorities, various statutory agencies and
the government, and saying: Right, this is what
people need. You need to help us facilitate this.
The government hasnt yet committed to any clear
plan for homeless people once lockdown ends, and
there are fears about the scale of the issue if
everyone is put back out onto the streets at once.
A MHCLG spokesperson told HuffPost UK: While
local authorities continue to provide
accommodation to those that need it, it is only
responsible that we work with partners to
consider how best to support the rough sleepers
who have been moved into accommodation once the
immediate crisis has been resolved.
The governments emphasis on housing the homeless
has been welcomed by groups working with the
community, but organisations from grassroots
level to major nationwide charities have also
called for more financial support to cope with the sheer scale of the issue.
Gousy said: There are still a number of measures
were going to need to see the government take in
order to ensure its a full success.
One of those things is to provide a dedicated
funding stream for local authorities to procure
the accommodation thats needed, but also to
provide the really vital support thats needed
for people once they get into that accommodation.
Theres obviously been additional funding
provided to local authorities but none of it has
been specifically earmarked to work with people
who are facing homelessness or to help with the everyone initiatives.
We already know there are some local authorities
that have used that wider pot of money to help
support people who are facing homelessness, but
there are some local authorities that havent.
Theres no guarantee that without clear
instructions from national government that
funding will be used to support people who are facing homelessness right now.
The national picture of how local authorities are
dealing with coronavirus is a broad one,
constantly shifting and adapting as this
unprecedented situation moves inconsistently across the county.
In Leeds, 200 people have been housed since March
27 which officials estimated represented around
74% of known homeless people in the city.
A spokesperson for the council said between 12
and 16 people were known to have refused offers
of accommodation and were continuing to sleep
rough, adding: We are continuing to do
everything possible to ensure that as many people
as possible take up our offers of accommodation.
This includes, with partners, working with and
offering support to all those in need, including
those who have turned down accommodation previously.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak,
officials in Leeds have spent £477,000 on
temporary housing not just for rough sleepers,
but also for those at risk of homelessness and
people fleeing domestic violence.
Meanwhile in Newcastle, a sweep of the city
undertaken by outreach teams had found no people
sleeping rough over the course of a three-day
period when responding to HuffPost UKs enquiry on April 24.
A spokesperson for the city council said housing
had been offered to six of the 14 people found
rough sleeping since March 27. Four people were
helped back to their accommodation, while four
were supported to be reconnected and housed in their area of accommodation.
They added: We are working with our commissioned
providers to maintain our existing accommodation
of 779 beds and also work alongside partner
agencies across the city to try to prevent
evictions and alleviate the additional pressures within the accommodation.
In addition to this, we are planning ahead and
looking at opportunities to source additional
accommodation as demands and pressures grow and
also to ensure we have the most appropriate
accommodation to offer individuals as circumstances change.
In Liverpool, 130 households had been moved into
a range of accommodation options, with around
six rough sleepers still outside but in contact with outreach services.
Looking forward, a spokesperson for Liverpool
City Council said: The council is looking at
options and will continually review them as and
when the current situation changes. The money
allocated for this programme is £300,000.
The entire country has been plunged into a degree
of uncertainty, but for some of the UKs most
vulnerable people the situation is worse than ever.
Organisations working on the ground have praised
the government for their approach, but remain
daunted at the sheer scale of the issues facing
both themselves and the clients they work to protect.
As Glackin points out, for outreach charities
everything has changed but the homelessness
crisis. For those sleeping rough, coronavirus is just one more huge barrier.
We were made in crisis, he said. We have
always been involved in the homelessness crisis.
In a way, thats the benefit of these grassroots
groups theyre all fundamentally just dealing
with crisis after crisis. Were firefighting all the time.
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challenge authority - all authority - especially
so when governments and politicians take us to
war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die. "
'From South America, where payment must be made
with subtlety, the Bormann organization has made
a substantial contribution. It has drawn many of
the brightest Jewish businessmen into a
participatory role in the development of many of
its corporations, and many of these Jews share
their prosperity most generously with Israel. If
their proposals are sound, they are even provided
with a specially dispensed venture capital fund.
I spoke with one Jewish businessmen in Hartford,
Connecticut. He had arrived there quite unknown
several years before our conversation, but with
Bormann money as his leverage. Today he is more
than a millionaire, a quiet leader in the
community with a certain share of his profits
earmarked as always for his venture capital
benefactors. This has taken place in many other
instances across America and demonstrates how
Bormanns people operate in the contemporary
commercial world, in contrast to the fanciful
nonsense with which Nazis are described in so much literature.
So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish
participation in Bormann companies that when
Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv
to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the
Jewish and German communities of Buenos Aires.
Jewish leaders informed the Israeli authorities
in no uncertain terms that this must never happen
again because a repetition would permanently
rupture relations with the Germans of Latin
America, as well as with the Bormann
organization, and cut off the flow of Jewish
money to Israel. It never happened again, and the
pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of
these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an
Argentinian safe haven, protected by the most
efficient German infrastructure in history as
well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being.'
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