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USA’s new Plutonium complex – “participatory fascism” or “nuclear weapons socialism”

 

 

 “There’s the fake citizen input but not the real citizen input,” .. “It’s what Robert Higgs called “participatory fascism.” We are allowed to participate in discussions which already have predetermined outcomes.”

“a totally state-controlled state investment in a very obsolete technology. It’s weapons socialism.”

 

A Giant New Plutonium Complex at Los Alamos, HUFFINGTON POST Mary-Charlotte Domandi,  10/31/11  or, “How to spend $6 billion, create 600 jobs, and prop up the most unproductive sector of the military industrial complex for another generation.”

Despite President Obama’s campaign rhetoric of a world without nuclear weapons, despite the recent catastrophe at Japan’s Fukushima complex, and despite the new START nuclear arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia last February, it seems the desire among our leaders for nuclear power and nuclear weaponry remains as strong today as it was at the height of the Cold War. What’s just as disturbing, though, is the disregard our government shows for any input from its citizenry — pro or con….

the main purpose of this $4-12 billion plutonium lab, which the NNSA claims “would provide vitally essential technical support capabilities to NNSA’s national security mission,” is basically “making weapons of mass destruction.” Craftily-languaged in the NNSA proposal as “plutonium pits,”…. The warhead cores of these “plants,” says Mello, [ Greg Mello, co-founder of the Los Alamos Study Group]  would be “the successors to the bombs used on Nagasaki. They’d each have a yield that’s 50 times greater than the bomb used there in World War II.”…

Contrary, then, to the popular perception of Obama as anti-nuclear proliferation, his endorsement of this CMRR facility — and the facility’s true purpose — puts him entirely in line with that of his predecessor, George W., who originally championed this project. It’s part of a deal, said Mello, between Obama and the Republicans: you can have your nuclear-arms treaty and our 67 votes for it, but only if you follow through on a nuclear arms buildup. “We just signed a nuclear weapons treaty,” said Mello, “but we’re spending billions of dollars to make new ones. It doesn’t improve the credibility of our nonproliferation diplomacy.” Indeed…..

Unlike a solar or wind-energy project, which could potentially bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investment and create thousands of jobs (as opposed to just 660), the CMRR, in Mello’s opinion, benefits primarily the companies who already own LANL (Bechtel, the University of California, BMW), while hardly generating any long term value. “It doesn’t train people to do anything in the economy,” observed Mello. “It doesn’t provide any infrastructure, in that it functions in the real economy (there are no goods or services provided, since no one buys or sells nuclear pits). And it attracts no private capital.”….

“There’s the fake citizen input but not the real citizen input,” said Mello. “It’s what Robert Higgs called “participatory fascism.” We are allowed to participate in discussions which already have predetermined outcomes.”

 

Which, when you think about it, is one of the primary catalysts behind Tea Partiers and Occupiers alike. Apathetic as we’ve been these past few decades, we’ve been listened, paradoxically, into a state of rage. People have finally wised-up to the publicity and marketing-induced, corporate-strategized ruse of pretending to take our concerns, our pleas, our objectives into consideration. As Mello stated, our government’s pretense of soliciting input from its people amounts to little more than a giant suggestion box, inside of which lay a forever-churning paper shredder.

“People in Santa Fe go to these environmental impact statement hearings as if they’re views were remotely interesting to people in Washington. I can assure you they are not,” scoffed Mello. “The people who make decisions don’t know about your views. They never get there and it’s all a vast charade. And the Department of Energy is among the worst of all the agencies at this. It’s just a hoop they have to go through, having these statement hearings.”

Knowing this, having seen it and experienced it time and again, Mello and his compatriots have already started putting together their lawsuits, for failure to have an Environmental Impact Statement.

No participatory fascist, Mello added about the CMRR: “It’s a Soviet-style project that is a totally state-controlled state investment in a very obsolete technology. It’s weapons socialism.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marycharlotte-domandi/los-alamos-nuclear_b_1034330.html

November 1, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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