Next week, April 11th will mark the 21st anniversary of one the longest prison riots in history, the Lucasville prison riots of 1993. In these riots the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood and African American gangs formed an unlikely alliance. The issues were mismanagement, serious overcrowding, and authorities forcing Muslim prisoners to take tuberculosis vaccinations, which was against their religious beliefs. The riot s continued for 11 days in which 1 officer and 9 inmates lost their lives. What caught my attention was the fact that these riots are not included in the list of notable prison riots on Wikipedia.
I’m not trying to start a conspiracy theory here but it is just that this event never got sufficient media attention as it contradicts the preconceptions about Aryan Brotherhood. Muslims and African American gangs created my mainstream media. On the contrary, whatever small amount of coverage this event received on American television, it was to create a totally different and horrifying image of the struggle. Although considered to be a failure, Lucasville riots are a very important reminder for solidarity against the state oppression.
The second thing that bothers me is the GMO controversy and what it means to us and more importantly to Indian farmers. I’m not sure whether genetically modified crops affect the environment or consumers health or not but I am confident that many scientists are not even sure of the long term affects of it. I don’t understand the necessity to run with the technological advancement without thinking about its long and short terms affects on society and especially on “developing countries”.
I read an article by Richard Dawkins in which he said “To be anti-GMO is to be anti-scientific.” … Whhaaa??
Is it me or have you just started to sound like Pope, Prof. Dawkins? Anti-Scientific or Anti-Market or Anti-Monsanto? Let me quote a pro-scientific person real quick here, “Science, however, cannot create ends and, even less, instil them in human beings; science, at most, can supply the means by which to attain certain ends. But the ends themselves are conceived by personalities with lofty ethical ideals and—if these ends are not stillborn, but vital and vigorous—are adopted and carried forward by those many human beings who, half unconsciously, determine the slow evolution of society.” – Albert Einstein.
Even now I am not judging Richard Dawkins. Instead the University system and its close relationship with corporation and reliance on R&D is to blame. I am an Atheist, but I am cool being anti-scientific if it somehow helps making a sustainable environment and sustainable life for poor farmers who are forced to commit suicide if they can’t keep up with market pace. We have already witnessed in the so called “Green Revolution”, or in its failure, that scientific way is not always the right way. And what will happen when don’t have enough land to cultivate? Will we also get land on lease from another country like China rented from Ukraine? And after that? This whole market system is rigged, if you don’t realize it… the sooner the better, if you do, fight against it.
Finally, I’ll conclude with an Orwell Quote, as it is suitable with the blog’s title as well:
“We have got to fight against privilege, against the notion that a half-witted public-schoolboy is better for command than an intelligent mechanic.”