Southerners fought the Civil War not because they believed in slavery but because the powerful agricultural cartels, who were also the politicians, were incensed at the ideas of giving up the privilege that came from slavery. Nothing has changed. We invaded a sovereign nation twice to protect the flow of oil.

Southerners fought the Civil War not because they believed in slavery but because the powerful agricultural cartels, who were also the politicians, were incensed at the ideas of giving up the privilege that came from slavery. Nothing has changed. We invaded a sovereign nation twice to protect the flow of oil.


The petroleum industry is the most powerful and profitable enterprise in human history. They are threaded into the fabric of national security.


Both are examples of influence inequity, and now, with the Citizens United decision, powerful campaign influence flows unmeasured. If you own all the horses in a race, the outcome is irrelative. It’s just a performance.


But if by conscientious volition we make the improbable probably by seeking out the unfunded, humble statesman, things might change. Complacency is not a tenable position. It negates the possibility of democracy evolved and is permissive of dictatorial governance without consent.


Philip Ferguson


Savoy