• Enter search term(s):

Defending OPEC

resisting mass hysteria in response to the gas price hike

Forum: APIQWTC List
Date: 05/30/2001

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $1.97 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace.... not sellers.

Why shouldn't OPEC nations make some money after being colonized and exploited all those years? That last line ("...teach them that buyers control the marketplace...") is exactly how oil companies and Western governments justified "punishing" countries like Mexico and Iran when they attempted (and succeeded to some degree) to control their own natural resources in their own land. I am appauled at the populist rhetoric that consumers in the formerly colonizing "developed" countries should control the price at which formerly colonized "developing" nations can sell their natural resources. Granted, many OPEC nations are not democratic and there are questions regarding how they distribute their wealth, but that's not the issue here.

It is the populist sentiment like this that permits the government to deploy military forces all over the globe - under the pretence of protecting national interests. It is times like this that poses us a question: are we truly concerned about economic justice, globally as well as domestically, or are we simply looking for cheap gas?

Emigrl * Putting the Emi back in Feminism since 1975.