No, I mean those “Other” Hidden Costs of Oil

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Stan Goff and the amazing De Clarke have presented an eye opening article on, among many other things, the fence built by the Money Culture around the food system and examines a few assumptions and possibilities.

The full, highly recommended article, “The Politics of Food is Politics”can be found on Counterpunch.

Unable myself to clearly see or articulate these sorts of ideas, yet fully aware that as I read I am hearing echoes of my own long held suspicions,  I believe this  piece falls into the category of “Required Reading”.

And this, I’m quite sure, is just the simple version.

 I have been arguing – rather blindly – for many years now to a largely uninterested and disbelieving audience that the true cost of subsidized fossil fuel energy is quite effectively veiled from our awareness.

This excerpt comes from the comment section of Stans’ blog, “Feral Scholar” and in it Stan is able to both kick off and put a point to the argument:

 

“There is no way to make a linear regression from the gas pump to hidden costs, because so many practices are the outcome of multiple, converging interests and intents. But I’d feel very safe suggesting that gasoline actually costs Americans at least $100 a gallon right now, once you figure in these subsidies, paying off the financial collapses (like S&L) that prevent system collapse, paying for the US Navy to patrol sea lanes, et al.

The “hook” is food, even though middle-Americans — cyborgs from birth as we are, who will have a very difficult time as individuals adjusting to dramatic changes in lifestyle — don’t know that food is the issue. The issue for most of us (the exception being the millions of poor and non-white folk who are already “food insecure” to homeless) is like that indefinable sense of unacknowledged dread that breaks into our consciousness when we can’t distract ourselves with addictions for a moment… the dread is abated, also, when we are dealing with real immediate crisis (illness, accident, relations disruption, etc).”

“that indefinable sense of unacknowledged dread that breaks into our consciousness when we can’t distract ourselves with addictions for a moment… “

I believe we are all familiar with that feeling.

 Visit Feral Scholar for an explanation of the Meme Bar pictured at the top of this post.

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