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Oligarchy & Architecture

Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Wed May 08, 2013 3:40 pm

Imagine a USA where only 2% of the licensed Architects determined what 100% of the buildings would look like. Imagine what would happen if a few were to control everything that you cared about, as an Architect.

What is happening in government is similar. The great struggle of our time is to prevent the United States from becoming an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation is controlled by a few extraordinarily wealthy families. Families such as the Koch brothers who are worth over $50 billion.

The fact is that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, spent up to $400 million in the 2012 elections attempting to elect right-wing candidates to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and governorship's. Those efforts will continue in the future. Money is now both power and speech.

The Koch brothers have established or funded dozens of right-wing organizations dedicated to providing huge tax breaks to the rich and multi-national corporations, destroying trade unions and workers’ rights, privatizing Social Security and Medicare and making massive cuts to programs of vital importance to the middle class and working families. Those efforts will continue in the future.

Imagine what would happen if 2% of Architects controlled Architecture. Would the Design Intelligence be robust or stunted? Would the design quality be innovative or tailored to fit the taste of an elite few?

The Koch brothers, who have made their fortune in the fossil fuel industry, are strongly supporting a massive disinformation campaign to deny the reality of the planetary crisis of global warming. Those efforts will continue in the future. It is imperative that we do something to support a built environment that migrates away from fossil fuel; Imperative that we migrate away from a government controlled by the elite and their wealth.

It should be no surprise that the Koch brothers want to expand their power by taking over the Tribune Newspaper chain. They intend to expand their disinformation campaign, by taking over the nation’s second largest newspaper publisher. The Tribune Company chain includes such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, the Orlando Sentinel, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Baltimore Sun, the Daily Press and The Morning Call -- among other papers. The power grab by the 2% is on a roll and will influence the elections of every future election. They are going to purchase the power of the press. They seek to control who can be elected and who can't in America. America is to come to form by their design according to their philosophy.

Architecture is the spacial expression of human life and experience over time. We can see the influence of the Borgia and the Medici in Itally by the Architecture there and we can see the influence of the communist in Soviet Russia. We can see the plans of Albert Speer and we know the sterility and the oppression of a society that has abandon morality and crushed freedom.

Where so few take control of the many in every conceivable way, action is a mandate of freedom. We must not allow that to happen. Please expand your awareness of the current state join with other Americans and other Architects in urging the Tribune Company not to sell their newspapers to the Koch brothers.

Enough is enough!
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