[OPE-L:8656] the blood for oil exchange rate

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Sun Mar 23 2003 - 08:53:35 EST

A speech by Ben Tripp  subsequently titled 

"Blood for Oil: The Exchange Rate" 

delivered on Thursday in Los Angeles. 

Tripp is a screenwriter,  cartoonist, and satirist. Strong 
language.  What is unusual here is the satirical attempt 
to quantify the exchange rate of blood for oil.  Yet, while
it is intended to be satirical there is no doubt that at
least some proportion of the world blood supply has long 
taken the commodity-form and that cost-benefit analyses
undertaken as part of the strategic planning process by
imperialist powers have attempted to make such
calculations --  which ultimately boil down to the question 
"How much is a human life worth?" (although there is
clearly a separate calculation for "How much is a life
of someone from the US worth?" etc. since the "market
value for human life" is highly segmented and stratified).


BTW, the march in New York City yesterday was H-U-G-E.  
(Serious)  estimates of size varied from 300,000 to 800,000.  
The march,  which went down Broadway,  started above Times 
Square and  ended in Washington Square Park.  For hours on 
end the entire distance, about 40 blocks, was densely packed with 
demonstrators.  Although there were a few violent clashes with
the NYPD at 13th St. and to the West of Washington Square Park
(where I inhaled pepper gas sprayed by the riot cops),  for the most 
part it was a peaceful demonstration.  When I was a high school 
student I was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement (I guess I'm 
showing my age).  I am so happy that I have lived  long enough to be 
part of  this anti-War movement! La Lutta Continua!

In solidarity, Jerry

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