May 5, 2020-
Fifty years ago, yesterday, four students were slain, at Kent State University, Ohio, in the midst of a “tough” government reaction to protests against the VietNam War. At that time, as now, there was a stark division between those who wanted peace and those who favoured a hard response to an identified enemy. I was little more than a child, then, and even though I was on active duty with the United States Army, I felt strongly that there had been an overreaction.
Coming from this incident, there was a very intense backlash among people of my generation-especially among those in college. Hippiedom was still much in vogue, as less than a year had passed, since the Woodstock Festival. A cliche arose, as well: “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean that we’re not out to get you.” There were also working class youth, like me, who were not exactly over the top for the Hippie culture, but still had our reservations about the Military-Industrial Complex.
Fast forward to the current crisis. Many of the same people who had doubts about our government then, have the same reservations now. The difference is in the target of those qualms. Now, it’s the Scientific-Medical Complex, from Monsanto to “Big Pharma”, and anyone who stands to make a bundle off disease cure and prevention.
I will say this, having posted arguments from both sides on another social media platform: At least half of the predicament in which large companies find themselves is a hoist of their own petard. Lack of transparency always sticks in the craw of an educated populace. Numbers have been fudged, quite frequently- and by those on both sides of an issue. There has been fakery, to the point that one must even scrutinize the claims of fact checkers.
It all can be avoided by just telling the truth-but that may cost people money. There is a hard choice to be made by many.