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Rio +20 Earth Summit: Wandering Through the People’s Summit ^ | 6/20/2012 | Ronald Bailey

Posted on 06/20/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT by wheresmyusa

Rio de Janeiro—The People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice at the Rio +20 Earth Summit sprawls through the beautiful Flamengo Park that curves along the lovely beach at Guanabara Bay. Giant tents in the park house five chief plenary discussions and scores of smaller tents shelter a wide variety of earnest discussions about the perfidy of corporations in this age of late capitalism. As it happens, I just caught the tail-end of a speech at the Energy Plenary by an American black woman who urged the audience to fight for “economic, social, gender, and erotic justice.” Evidently fearing that she had overlooked an oppressed group, she hastily made sure to acknowledge that the fight for justice included “transpeople too.”

Scattered among the tents are perhaps a couple hundred booths from which interest groups from around the world peddle their nostrums for whatever discontents with the modern world particularly irk them. For example, the Global Ecovilllage Network was there to urge people to practice “luxurious simplicity.” An Ecovillage brochure specifically cited a Senegalese program to transition 14,000 traditional villages into ecovillages. The program is being supported by a $16 million grant from the Global Environment Facility. By the way, per capita GDP in Senegal is just over $1,000. Luxury indeed.

The People’s Summit site also featured stalls and tables at which locals were selling various handmade trinkets, t-shirts, and scads of tomes devoted to Marxist-Leninist thought. I stopped by the table for the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Brazil where we talked briefly with an attractive young woman about the party’s beliefs. She wanted to make it very clear that she and her group were real Marxist-Leninists, not like the heretics that populate the Communist Party of Brazil.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: agenda21; lenin; marx; rio

1 posted on 06/20/2012 7:47:31 AM PDT by wheresmyusa
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To: wheresmyusa
"erotic justice"?

I don't want to know.

2 posted on 06/20/2012 7:51:10 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

“Erotic Justice” sounds like a TV courtroom drama where all the lawyerbabes are smokin’ hot!!

3 posted on 06/20/2012 8:05:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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