Am I fear mongering if I tell my students the realities of the neoliberal economy--as described by the Wall Street Journal as US "income inequality" similar to the levels found in Mexico and the Philippines? (Bryon "As Middle Class Shrinks..." 9/12/2011 p. A1, A16).
Am I fear mongering when I discuss with friends and family what I read in Environmental Health Perspectives and other environmental health research journals? Am I fear mongering when I tell them the documented dangers of pesticides and herbicides?
Am I fear mongering when I recommend not drinking milk unless one has access to your state's radiation testing results?
Am I fear mongering if I express my deep concerns about the future of humanity because we are poisoning ourselves, destroying natural resources that we cannot live without (fresh water, clean air, and fertile soil), and fomenting war with imperial national, international, and corporate policies?
Am I fear mongering when I see and record the dispossession of population everywhere I turn?
Maybe I am fear mongering. Maybe that is what I do. Maybe we need fear in order to break through the complacency that is allowing all of this to happen.
It doesn't matter whether the train-wreck takes 20 years or 200, we are on the wrong track and we had better pay attention.
I can live with the Accusation