Manifesto for a New America pt1

Each day in the developing world, 16,000 children die from hunger or preventable diseases such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, or malaria. Malnutrition is associated with over half of those deaths. That is equal to 1 child every 5.4 seconds. While at the same time there is a restaurant that is throwing away uneaten food. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we waste 96 billion pounds of food in America each year. That turns out to be:

  • 263,013,699 pounds of food wasted each day
  • 10,958,904 pounds wasted each hour
  • 182,648 pounds wasted each minute
  • 3,044 pounds of food wasted in America each second.

(correction: The above fact is 10 years old, America now wastes 40% of its domestic production. Thanks to Jon Bloom @ for the heads up)
Right now there is someone dying of thirst. While at the same time there is someone letting their tap run endlessly. The technology already exists for everyone in the world to have clean water and electricity. And the technology exists to refrigerate and transport all of America’s wasted food. Yet we do not do this. Why? Because of fundamental flaws in the system. A system designed with one thing in mind. To oppress/divide the masses and steal their resources. Currently 1 in 100 Americans is incarcerated, yet crime doesn’t fall. It in fact rises. It is the walls that we have built that convince us of our division. Mental walls, spiritual walls, actual walls. Walls that cannot hide nor protect the insecurities kept up within.
Many challenges face this current and upcoming generations. Problems and wastes long buried and forgotten will have to be dug up and dealt with. Our ancestors left us a mighty job. Our descendants are relying on us to care and not to waste any more time. As new questions and situations arise in an exponential fashion, we must increase our awareness and discipline accordingly.
Culturally, we could redesign our civil architecture and demand that all government cars and planes run on clean and renewable fuel. We could produce food, clothes, and shelter at our giant factories instead of bombs and guns. We could demand that all corporations use ethanol based plastics that biodegrade in a safe way. Our current practice of throwing away more than 22 billion petroleum based plastic bottles each year is obviously unsustainable. And ultimately we can fundamentally change our interactions and relationships. Old prejudices and stereotypes litter our history and repeat their ignorance today. We are one people on this earth. Our genetic heritage is common, as well as the joys and tragedies that we face daily. Technology is pushing us into One World whether we like it or not, so it is crucial in this time to embrace the worlds diversity or face cultural homogenization.
America is by no means assured continual dominance. In fact, America will fall by the wayside like all other nations in this rush toward globalism. What will that mean to the world. For one it will come as an ego check to all Americans who believe that they will always travel so easily with their passport and strong currency. Also, Americans will see what other nations feel when they work for “sweatshop” wages. For the rest of the world it will mean discovering the boundaries of their own cultural heritage while at the same time “Americanizing”. The current generation of Americans will have a rough time overcoming self perceived cultural dominance, as well as the fact that we are overwhelmingly Uni-Lingual.
Yet we should have hope. For tough situations require tough solutions. And our current path only leads to destruction and enslavement. So I call on all who have ears to hear. Hear the cries and wails of your oppressed brothers and sisters. All who have eyes to see. See the vision and direction to guide us. All who have voices to speak. Speak and sing the words of harmonies of our liberation!

see also: Manifesto for a New America pt2

© 2008 Carlos Cardona



  1. Jon Bloom said,

    March 10, 2008 at 7:36 am

    I feel you, especially on the disgraceful amount of food we waste in America. Keep in mind that the 96 billion pounds number is more than 10 years old. So we waste even more now–more than 40 percent of all the food we produce domestically.

  2. natalie said,

    March 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for writing about issues that really matter in your blog…. im inspired by your writing and wisdom… keep it up!!

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