[dc-critmass-list] CBS Coverage of Feb. NYC Critical Mass
jmichaelross at verizon.net
Wed Mar 8 21:04:05 PST 2006
At 11:32 PM 3/8/2006, you wrote:
> > Critical Mass in NYC (and Ive been on many of their rides;
> > theyre great! as well as the after-parties, etc.) has WON
> > every battle to date...but is clearly losing the war for
> > transportation sanity.
>=v= That "war" has been ongoing since before CM's existence
>and has been and continues to be fought by numerous parties.
>Your construction echoes the sentiments of this one guy, a
>former activist who couldn't work with others and is now in
>marketing, who's been all over the NYC press as The Community
>Activist With Concerns About CM.
I dont know this guy, the Community Activist with CM Concerns. I do
know that I see Cm as one of the most important social movements in
America. of course, there really aren't many social movements left
(no pun intended), but that's another story...
>=v= Of course, they said exactly the same stuff about CM in
>San Francisco when we were dealing with police oppression
>there. Now they're holding up San Francisco as "how it was
>done right" -- d'oh!
NYC is not San Fran. Neither is Wash DC. Context and locality
> > CM in NYC is about TORT reform in the USA...did you know
> > that???
>=v= Say what? The City of NYC trying to stop CM with a lawsuit
>is only part of what CM is "about," not the whole of it. The
>various court actions may have the effect of "reforming torts"
>in the pedantic sense of righting civil wrongs, but none of this
>has anything to do with the (generally corporate-backed) agenda
>that's usually meant by the words "tort reform." Indeed, the
>whole point of "tort reform" is to restrict people like us from
>suing for what's right.
If the USa had tort reform along the lines of civil law in the EU,
things would change big time, not just for CM but for a whole host of
social issues. I agree with you about the reform on the agenda being
driven by the right wing, and by corp. USA. The kind of Tort reform
I have mind is modeled on that in, say, England, or more
impressive Sweden or Holland (what backgrounds this choice: Im a
radical participatory democrat (used to be called socialist or left
wing anarchist) who hates income stratification and wage differentials...)
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