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Excerpt: "Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell is reporting to jail at 4 pm Friday in upstate New York after he was sentenced to a week behind bars for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant."

Clean up your act! Cromwell and five other protesters were arrested in December of 2015 for blocking traffic heading towards the Waywanda natural gas-fired power plant. Above the actor is seen a demonstrating for clean water at the New York state capital. (photo: Pacific Press/REX/Shutterstock)
Clean up your act! Cromwell and five other protesters were arrested in December of 2015 for blocking traffic heading towards the Waywanda natural gas-fired power plant. Above the actor is seen a demonstrating for clean water at the New York state capital. (photo: Pacific Press/REX/Shutterstock)


Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest

By Democracy Now!

16 July 17

 

 

scar-nominated actor James Cromwell is reporting to jail at 4 pm Friday in upstate New York after he was sentenced to a week behind bars for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell said he'll also launch a hunger strike. He was one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, in December of 2015. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in neighboring states and contribute to climate change.

James Cromwell is known for his roles in some 50 Hollywood films, including Babe, The Artist, The Green Mile and L.A. Confidential, as well as many television series, including Six Feet Under. Democracy Now! spoke to him Thursday along with one of his co-defendants, Pramilla Malick. She is the founder of Protect Orange County, a community organization leading the opposition of the fracked gas power plant. She ran in 2016 for the New York state Senate.


Transcript

AMY GOODMAN: Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell is reporting to jail at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time today in upstate New York, after he was sentenced to a week behind bars for taking part in a nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant. Cromwell says he’ll also launch a hunger strike. He’s one of six activists arrested for blocking traffic at the sit-in outside the construction site of the 650-megawatt plant in Wawayanda, New York, upstate, December 2015. The activists say the plant would promote natural gas fracking in neighboring states and contribute to climate change.

James Cromwell is well known for his roles in some 50 Hollywood films, nominated for an Oscar in Babe, as well as a number of TV series, including Six Feet Under. I spoke to him Thursday along with one of his co-defendants who’s going to jail today, as well, Pramilla Malick, founder of Protect Orange County, a community group leading the opposition to the fracked gas power plant. She ran in 2016 for New York state Senate. I began by asking James Cromwell about why he’s going to jail today.

JAMES CROMWELL: We are, all of us, engaged in a struggle, not to protect a way of life, but to protect life itself. Our institutions are bankrupt. Our leaders are complicit. And the public is basically disillusioned and disenchanted with the entire process. There is a direct connection between the plant in Minisink—

AMY GOODMAN: Where is Minisink?

JAMES CROMWELL: In Wawayanda. It’s in upstate New York. They call it upstate. It’s not too far above the New Jersey border. Between that plant and the Middle East. We’re at war not only with Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan and Yemen. We’re at war with Dimock, Pennsylvania, where the gas comes from, with Wawayanda, that uses the gas, with Seneca Lake, where it was to be stored, and with Standing Rock.

And it is time, actually, to name the disease. Most people can’t put their finger on the cause of it, but everybody perceives the threat. Capitalism is a cancer. And the only way to defeat this cancer is to completely, radically transform our way of living and our way of thinking about ourselves. And I call that radical transformation revolutionary. So this is the revolution.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, explain what the link is. Capitalism, you say, is the cause of what’s happening, the U.S. is doing, in the Middle East, and what is happening in upstate New York and Standing Rock and so on.

JAMES CROMWELL: This plant is built by a company whose only interest is to create profit. There is no need for the electricity, and the way the energy is produced is inimicable to life in the community. And now, that is a far-reaching community, because it will have an effect even on the people of New York. All the ultrafine particulate matter that comes out of these smokestacks ultimately winds up in New York City. So everybody is affected.

Now, that is done because we are trying to have energy independence. That energy we’re trying to be independent from was the gas and oil that came from the Middle East. When the Middle East began to move towards more democratic governments, the United states government and other governments, Britain, France, all the colonial powers, said, "No, no, no. You’re not moving toward democracy, because if you move towards democracy, you threaten our access to your energy." And so, they corrupted, in their own nefarious ways.

And ultimately, that led to the—we created ISIS. We, the Americans, created ISIS, in order to battle something else—the same mistake we made with the mujahideen in Afghanistan. And that is to protect our vested interests. If you look at Mr. Tillerson, Mr. Tillerson is sitting on half a trillion dollars’ worth of deals with the Russians. And so, he has—

AMY GOODMAN: When he was CEO of ExxonMobil.

JAMES CROMWELL: When he was CEO, which is still pending. It can still affect his company. He can affect his company, as soon as the ban is lifted. So, I’m saying there is connection, when you talk about energy. Energy is needed all over the world and is produced in only certain places. We now produce energy by blowing up the earth and getting trapped methane gas, which is inimicable to health. And we ship that through pipes. The main purpose of it, however, is not to power the power plant. It is to send to Canada to liquefy, where they can make six times more profit from the sale of that gas than they can in the United States.

AMY GOODMAN: So, let me ask you what happened almost exactly two years ago. I mean, you’re going to jail now, but the action you engaged in was June 2015. Tell us where you went and what you did.

JAMES CROMWELL: We have been having a protest to picket in front of this plant that has been—is being built for the last two-and-a-half years. And it got to the point—a lot of people who pass honk their horns in support, but nothing happened. We tried—

AMY GOODMAN: And this is a plant—

JAMES CROMWELL: It is a plant, a fracked gas-powered power plant, which means they import the gas from Pennsylvania.

AMY GOODMAN: And they are?

JAMES CROMWELL: Well, that’s—this is the—

AMY GOODMAN: The company is?

JAMES CROMWELL: Competitive Power Ventures is building the plant.

AMY GOODMAN: CPV.

JAMES CROMWELL: But there is Millennium Pipeline, which Pramilla knows a great deal more about, who owns this. It is actually owned by three large corporations: Mitsubishi, GE and Credit Suisse. Now, what would those three large multinationals be interested in this plant, medium-sized plant, although devastating? What they’re basically interested, it is the precursor of 300 similar plants. If this plant is built and gets online, there is no justification for not building more of these plants. We believe this one needs to be stopped, if you want to stop the entire the buildout of the hydrofracking infrastructure and its effect on our environment.

AMY GOODMAN: So what did you do?

JAMES CROMWELL: We basically came up with an idea to chain ourselves together. We chained ourselves together with bicycle locks, and we blocked the entrance to the plant for about—according to the prosecution, about 27 minutes. And the judge and the prosecution seemed to imply that it made absolutely no difference to what happened with this plant. But it does make a difference. What we’re trying to get out is the message that this is one instance, but it is happening all around this country and all around the world. They’re fighting it in England. They’re fighting it all over the world.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, Pramilla, can you talk about what this plant is, how you were involved in the protests, what this plant is designed to do and what you think the public health impacts would be, if it is built?

PRAMILLA MALICK: So, this is a 650-megawatt fracked gas power plant. It will depend on a hundred to 150 fracking wells per year. So we know that, in Pennsylvania, there’s—infant mortality rates are increasing. Cancer rates are increasing. Aquifers are getting contaminated. But along with that, the health impacts travel all along the infrastructure network. So I live near a compressor station, and we have already documented health impacts in my community, in Minisink, of nosebleeds, headaches, rashes, neurological symptoms.

AMY GOODMAN: And this is as a result of?

PRAMILLA MALICK: Exposure to a fracked gas compressor station, the Minisink compressor station. And this was documented by a team of scientists. So, you know, the technology is relatively new, and people are just beginning—scientists are racing to try to understand what’s happening. But front-line communities, like ours, we feel it. We see it. We know that there’s a health impact. And—

AMY GOODMAN: And so, how did you get involved with this June 2015 protest, and what exactly did you do?

PRAMILLA MALICK: Well, I also locked myself down, with James Cromwell and with Madeline Shaw.

AMY GOODMAN: And Madeline Shaw is?

PRAMILLA MALICK: She is an elderly person who lives in the community. She’s very worried because she feels she’s going to have to leave the home that she lived in since 1949, if this plant is built.

AMY GOODMAN: James mentioned Seneca Lake. Now, wasn’t there a recent victory of environmentalists who stopped the storage facility there?

PRAMILLA MALICK: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN: And how does this relate to what you’re trying to stop?

PRAMILLA MALICK: Well, they were in a very similar position as we were, in the sense that they engaged the regulatory process, lobbied, litigated, appealed to all of their elected officials, and they didn’t get anywhere. And so they began engaging in civil disobedience. And I think that created enough pressure on the company that the company eventually withdrew their application for that storage facility. But when you approve a 650-megawatt fracked gas power plant—and I remind people that this is—this was approved by the state of New York, by our own Governor Cuomo, who banned fracking, citing adverse health impacts, yet approved this plant that will induce and depend on thousands of new fracking wells over its lifetime. We do not need this power plant at all. But it’s being built anyway.

And, you know, it’s a billion-dollar project. But it will cost us, according to the scientists—and this is why we engaged in civil disobedience, and we had a trial in which we were able to bring scientists to testify. It will cost society $940 million per year in healthcare costs and infrastructure costs and other economic costs. And it will increase our state’s greenhouse gas emissions by in excess of 10 percent for the entire power sector of the state of New York.

AMY GOODMAN: James Cromwell, you could have just paid a fine, but you’re choosing to go to jail. How long will you go to jail for? And why are you doing this?

JAMES CROMWELL: We were sentenced for seven days. It’s up to the discretion of the facility as to how long we serve. Sometimes you get off for good behavior. I have no idea. I’m preparing for seven days. The reason I did it was, I can’t justify the injustice of what I think was a completely wrongheaded and simplistic judgment. And so, I think going to jail is a statement about how we have to lift our game. It’s no more good enough just to picket and to petition, because nobody is listening. The way people get the message out is you do an act of civil disobedience. It’s what Tim DeChristopher did, many—all the people in Standing Rock. That was the purpose of Standing Rock. The clarity of Standing Rock was the elders—because I was there—the elders saying, "This is a prayer camp." In other words, it comes from our inner spirit. We have to change this inner spirit. We have to change our relationship both to the planet and to the people who live on this planet, including the people who are opposing us. So, I believe that, in our small way, that’s the statement that we are making. This is the time to up the game. This is the time to address the basic cause of our disease.

AMY GOODMAN: I also wanted to ask you about your comment about people having trouble naming capitalism as a cancer.

JAMES CROMWELL: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN: It sounds like an Edward Abbey quote: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell."

JAMES CROMWELL: Correct.

AMY GOODMAN: Through your environmentalism, you’re taking on capitalism.

JAMES CROMWELL: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN: Not all environmentalists do. Can you comment on that?

JAMES CROMWELL: I can’t speak for all environmentalists. I think all issues—all the things that bedevil us basically start it. We are a death-oriented culture, by "death" meaning that what is put—what is primary—what is the language with which we speak is the language of the market. Everything is for sale. Everything is commodified. And what that does is—and then, of course, you have to create the greatest amount of profit, which means you have to suppress labor. You have to suppress the cost of your natural materials. You have to control your areas of influence, so that China doesn’t wind up with all Iran’s or Iraq’s oil. And so, right away, this kind of thinking leads to the kind of confrontations that we experience everywhere.

If we look at a more—if we accept that we are—our addiction to this energy, our addiction to our way of life, what we take for granted in this country, is in some way—we are responsible. If we accept that responsibility, which is not the same as blame—if we accept that responsibility, then we can change this by recognizing what we have to change is the way we relate to the natural world, to other sentient beings, to the planet. We look at it now as a trough that we can—we can rape and accumulate. And it is not so. There is a balance to nature, and we have violated that balance. And that’s what shows in Antarctica today. It shows all over the world. The planet is re-establishing the balance at our cost.

AMY GOODMAN: Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell and Pramilla Malick are going to jail today for their nonviolent protest against a natural gas-fired power plant that uses fracked gas in Orange County, New York. I interviewed them Thursday with Nermeen Shaikh. The activists will first hold a rally at the plant construction site, then turn themselves in to jail.


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-21 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-16 15:12
Quote from Cromwell:

And it is time, actually, to name the disease. Most people can’t put their finger on the cause of it, but everybody perceives the threat. Capitalism is a cancer. And the only way to defeat this cancer is to completely, radically transform our way of living and our way of thinking about ourselves. And I call that radical transformation revolutionary. So this is the revolution.

I think he needs to put his money where his mouth is. Cromwell has a net worth of 8 Million. The average actor makes $55,000 per year. He should return to the acting community everything he has made in excess of $55,000 per year. Or is it only actors that should be able to benefit from capitalism.
 
 
+13 # chrisconnolly 2017-07-16 23:06
Don't get your reasoning. It seems you are pointing a finger at him for having $8million while your other hand votes for the billionaires. His cause is righteous, why fault him for being successful and using his free time to do the work of the people.
 
 
0 # jimallyn 2017-07-18 00:25
Quoting chrisconnolly:
Don't get your reasoning.

There isn't any reasoning to get. He's a conservative, remember?
 
 
+9 # nice2bgreat 2017-07-17 00:00
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There is a basic fallacy to your point view, which is common argumentative tactic of those who have no interest in solving problems that leftists pose.

Why is it better or necessary that (whichever successful) leftists or conscientious activists mire themselves in poverty, the ultimate in environmental living, or move to another country, etc., as "the" means by which to effect economic and societal fairness; a government of, FOR, and by the people; a sustainable, healthy environment, middle-class quality of life and standard of living, and vibrant communities; etc.?

Whether successful individuals forego earthly possessions -- as a demonstration of ideological purity -- has nothing to do with the validity of their argument, nor does it necessarily further their chosen causes of protecting the Earth and quality of life for future generations.

The problems of this world are industrial in scale.

The oligarchic establishment specifically targets "leftists" and leftist organizations and groups: to infiltrate and spy upon, foment paranoia, spread misinformation and disinformation, disrupt lives, relationships, frame narratives that include ineffective strategies, tarnishing reputations to negatively impact economic prospects of leftists that lead to impoverishment BECAUSE it weakens the ability of progressives to combat unfettered capitalism.

The only things that change if Cromwell and others forgo their excesses is how you dismiss them, certainly not whether.
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+5 # librarian1984 2017-07-17 01:04
One could write books, but it seems the basic difference between a liberal and a conservative is in the perception of human nature. You, more often than not, think the worse of people's nature and motives, even children. What a depressing way to see this beautiful world. Maybe that's why fear and anger motivate conservatives while liberals need hope and community.

You might consider, instead, that Cromwell is a man who has worked hard to excel in his field. I'm surprised he's worth so little; maybe he DOES give a lot to causes he cares about. He could easily write a few checks and wallow in comfort, but instead he's going to sit in a jail cell. That's better than most rich people -- and he's not doing it for some cause that benefits him personally.

There's another article on rsn that focuses on Charles Koch .. what a genius he is, and how driven to see his vision realized. How unfortunate for the rest of us that he's put his genius to work pursuing a vision that hurts so many others.

TPTB used to have limits. They seemed to draw the line at hurting children, for instance. Not anymore. The sheer greed -- from people who already have almost everything -- is pathological. I'd feel sorry for them if they didn't do so much harm.

The best thing anyone could do would be to convince the Kochs to see the world with kinder hearts. You too. What a way to live.
 
 
-3 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-17 09:36
My observation has been the complete opposite. Conservatives want a equal playing field, and just want to be left alone. Liberals want equivalent of outcome, and are always angry at the world when they can't have what others have achieved.

I think he should make whatever someone is willing to pay him. My issue with him is bashing the system that enables him to make that money.(hypocrit e).
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-18 10:37
I think we're finding liberals aren't monolithic. There ARE shrill liberals, yes. No one likes them but they are the loudest and, unfortunately, have the DP by the throat .. for now.

But those people have a lot in common with neocons. Conservatives aren't all one big happy family either. The health care debacle has exposed some of the cracks.

Conservatives SAY they want an equal playing field -- but corporations and the rich get many advantages and privileges the rest of us don't. Businesses say they operate based on the markets but they get lots of subsidies, write legislation and foster stagnant wages and record wealth inequality. They are no angels.

I think liberals want to make sure every citizen has what they need. It doesn't have to equal, but everyone should have the minimum.

I agree with your criticism.
 
 
0 # economagic 2017-07-17 14:21
Apparently my very modest criticism of the thoroughly bogus argument got censored, so I'll just "me-too" yours.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2017-07-17 01:24
OSC, you like to call out liberals on their hypocrisies, and I agree with many of your observations. (It's usually the conclusions where you lose me.)

Are you as honest about your own tribe? All we hear about for decades is "States' Rights! States' Rights!" but you all drop it whenever a state wants to do something you don't approve of.

You talk about personal responsibility like it's some dang mantra -- until one of your own kids gets arrested. How about those frat brothers who hazed a kid to death? Should they take personal responsibility? Lucky for them they're not black or they'd already be convicted, a couple might be dead.

Many conservatives seem to think abortion is the #1 cause -- but don't want sex education or available contraception, which would reduce the number of abortions.

Conservative lawmakers pass legislation against homosexuality or drug use then, voila, that's what they're caught doing. Conservative states have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, drug use, STDs, suicide .. but you talk as if liberals are less good, less moral.

You rail against taxes but it's the conservative states that get more net benefit from the distribution.

You act as if socialism and wealth redistribution are sinful but we give billions to huge corporations while 20% of US kids go hungry.

ALL of us would benefit from an honest look in the mirror, even you. It's easier to see others' faults but little progress is made that way.
 
 
-2 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-17 10:02
I do enjoy calling out the hypocrisy. I think many on the left who are always being validated by like minded people never even see these things.

You would need to be more specific on the States Rights issue. But yes I think most issues should be handled by the States as the founders set up the system.

Yes the frat boys should face the music. A white 40 year old woman was just killed by the cops in Minnesota that at first look would appear to be a bad shooting, she called 911 and was shot by the police. We will see if the liberals will march and protest on her behalf.

On abortion, society needs to decide if it is a life or not. If it is, nobody has the right to take that life. If it isn't then there should be no restrictions on abortion, but don't expect those who have a religious exception to it to pay for others to have the procedure.

Funny you say that, because the counter to conservative principles is always that conservatives are evil and don't care about people. (deplorables) Just read the comments about conservatives.

Socialism is destructive and non productive. There is a reason all the advances of technology, medicine, etc. come out of capitalistic economies. It is unfortunate so many kids in the land of opportunity go hungry, conservative principles bring people out of poverty, liberal ideas enable and cause poverty. I believe it was one of Jesus's deciples that said "those who don't work should not get to eat".

I don't support corporate welfare.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-07-18 11:05
I don't know if I enjoy pointing out hypocrisy. I just don't think I can stop :-)

There's plenty to call people out on both sides. (I don't believe conservatives are evil, btw, any more than liberals are. There are jerks and heroes on both sides.)

I disagree with you about socialism but I understand what you're saying. Socialistic programs now operating in the US (SS, fire departments, schools, the NFL) are popular, and many countries operate well under a social democratic philosophy.

Sanders' social democracy is not the same as pure socialism. It's a way to pool our resources and risk, which is sensible. But any system is susceptible to abuse --- including capitalism.

It seems capitalism was working pretty well until Reagan. Since then, with workers disempowered, the debt sky high, deregulation of the banks, perpetual war, etc, we've had a series of crashes and bubbles. I don't know if you remember Alan Greenspan saying he'd made the mistake of not calculating human greed into his calculus?

Maybe the US could create a hybrid economy -- part socialism part capitalism -- that could revolutionize the world. But instead we fight the same old fights over and over while the world marches on without our leadership or participation.

Agree on abortion -- but contraception and education could reduce the numbers while we figure it out -- and shouldn't THAT be the goal?

OSC, is there an anti-war contingent on the right?

Regards.
 
 
0 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-19 09:32
I personally am anti war. Problem is that the UN doesn't do what it is intended to do. Therefore the world turns to the US. I do believe in the Reagan doctrine of peace through strength. I think that is the only thing the rouge nations of the world respect. I think Obama's weak stance in the world caused a lot of the problems we are dealing with today.
 
 
+4 # DrD 2017-07-17 07:33
Old School
Really? That's how see this? That because he's worth $8 million, his actions to oppose this plant are questioned not on their merits but on the fact that he's rich?

I just read an article about nuns opposing a natural gas pipeline in PA. A commenter basically said that as long as they live in a house that uses electricity that their protest was hypocritical . So I guess homeless, poor people who consume no resources are the only ones allowed to protest the unbridled and devastating use of fossil fuels??

I applaud Cromwell's actions. He's fighting to slow the devastation of our planet. We have no idea how much of his wealth that he may give to charity but it is not relevant.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2017-07-17 08:12
Bogus argument: A complete non-sequitur, all too common.

Cromwell made his modest "fortune" as a superb and very versatile actor, certainly far from "average," beginning more than 50 years ago. He has always been a champion for the environment and for those less fortunate than himself.

You are insinuating that his activism should somehow require him not only to "impoverish" himself but to remit the difference between what he has accumulated and what that "average" Hollywood peasant would have accumulated over the same period, which makes no sense at all. He earned every cent by his talent, skill, and character, and would likely have earned more had he not subjected himself by his activism to nonsensical objections from the likes of you.

If we care about our grandchildren we should celebrate one who could easily rest on his laurels (and his fortune) but who lays his body--AND potentially his fortune--on the line with actions that just might prevent the world of 2067 from looking like "The Hunger Games."
 
 
+1 # economagic 2017-07-17 14:44
Oops, my bad. Apparently I jumped the gun after only 6 hours or so (SURELY not 8 hours -- time zones?).
 
 
+8 # davehaze 2017-07-17 00:05
Old School

Acting is labor not Capitalism.

First prove that he made his money from investing capital and them ask him to disinvest and redistribute his wealth. And then ask every person including yourself who makes over 55 thousand a year to redistribute their wealth as every old school conservative should do.
 
 
-2 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-17 09:15
Wrong. Free market competition which enables one person to make millions more for doing the same job is capitalism.
 
 
+3 # DrD 2017-07-17 09:03
Old School
Really? That was what you got from this article? That because someone is rich that their actions opposing the devastating effects of fracked gas should be ridiculed rather than applauded?

I read an article about nuns in PA opposing the taking of their land land for a fracked gas pipeline. Someone commented that basically since the nuns lived in a house powered by electricity from fossil fuels that they were hypocrites. So I guess homeless, impoverished people who somehow consume no resources are the only ones allowed to protest fossil fuels??

I applaud and am inspired by Cromwell and the nuns and the Standing Rock protestors. I try to do my part - what do you do??
 
 
-3 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-17 09:10
You are all missing the point. I find people like this guy and the Michael Moore types to be hypocrites. They get rich off of capitalistic principles which enable them to make millions in their professions and then bash the very system that enables them to do so. It is capitalism which enables 1 actor to make 5 million per film while others are making $50,000 year. I don't ever hear the lefties complaining that A list actors are making 400% more than their assistants. I am just pointing out the hypocrisy of the average limousine liberal.
 
 
0 # nice2bgreat 2017-07-17 21:25
Quoting Old School Conservative:
You are all missing the point. I find people like this guy and the Michael Moore types to be hypocrites. They get rich off of capitalistic principles which enable them to make millions in their professions and then bash the very system that enables them to do so. It is capitalism which enables 1 actor to make 5 million per film while others are making $50,000 year. I don't ever hear the lefties complaining that A list actors are making 400% more than their assistants. I am just pointing out the hypocrisy of the average limousine liberal.


No.

You are missing the point, and intentionally so.

You ignore all of the people disaffected by a corrupt, unfair,and unsustainable system and cherrypick an (incidentally) successful, contentious activist to dismiss as a hypocrite as the example -- without/as opposed to addressing the validity of his/her argument against unfettered capitalism.

Your argument is nothing but a side-note to the issue, yet it is your go to, which you sustain as an endless point-of-all-po ints, the be-all of all be-alls.

It is more ironic hypocritical. It is not so much, Cromwell, biting the had that feeds him, as, as a decent, thinking person recognizing the ills of a crumbling system, and despite his success within it, speaks out -- against the power structure -- for what is right.

Your point taken, as not one, and dismissed as not relevant.

Do you understand it, spelled out for you?
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0 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-18 08:11
How can I be missing the point if it was my point? You chose to respond to what I said with a bunch of jumbled thoughts that had noting to do with my point. (by definition missing my point).
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2017-07-17 12:00
I heard James Cromwell on the radio. He was brilliant.
Yes, he is privileged. And he is using his privilege to fight for the common good.
 

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