You may have quite naturally concluded from the absence of posts over the last several weeks that the old Smoking Gun had fired its last round, that it smoked no more, that it was defunct, deceased, that it had passed on and joined the choir invisible of dead and abandoned blogs. If so, how wrong you were.
The Gun has been silent because it has been undergoing a metamorphosis. It’s no longer concerned with telling the truth about the Dirty Half-Dozen and the evils of herbicide-resistant crops. It’s going into action mode.
One of the co-founders of Occupy Wall Street was also one of the first to realize that “Protest is broken.” Traditional methods of protest no longer work, and the ballot box is useless because a majority of politicians on both sides have sold out to the super-rich. Revolution is impossible because although our population is more heavily armed than any other, and although our country owes its very existence to a revolution, the will for it simply does not exist anymore. What’s left? Shall we all go home, switch on the TV, and see what the Kardashians are up to today?
Never! We simply have to use our intelligence and ingenuity to figure out new ways of action—a whole series of limited, targeted, specific actions that will continually switch targets to confuse and baffle the forces of the establishment. The first of these is already under way and this blog will be reporting on this and other similar actions as they develop. It will also serve as an arena for suggesting future actions and discussing their likely effectiveness, as well as for gathering information required for the implementation of such actions.
This change in focus requires a change in policy with regard to comments. Hitherto I have allowed all comments pro or contra, in other words the traditional “debate” formula for a comments section. Now I shall give precedence to comments that materially advance the action program. Negative comments on the program will not be published. Much as I support freedom of speech, pro-GMOers have plenty of outlets for their views already—they don’t need more.
The primary focus of the blog remains unchanged—the combatting of herbicide-resistant crops—for the present, at least. But Pope Francis’s latest encyclical, Laudato Si has shown us that all the evils afflicting our world today form part of a complex interconnected web. Wherever we see a weakness in that web, we should attack it.
Stay tuned. Become part of the action. It’s already happening. The time for sitting on our butts yacking about the horrors of pesticides is over. Daily updates from now on. There will be tangible things you can do to help in the struggle.