GP NYC Mayor cand Rev. Billy Talen on G20

Thinking About The G20 Meeting In Pittsburgh

The nation-states act like adolescents. Every diplomatic vowel that comes from an open mouth has the shout of peace in it, but the leaders can’t hear this. Are the ministers jealous of peace? Are they angry that it sustains us every day, more than any weapon or corporation? They act like it’s something from a history lesson they were supposed to remember. Meanwhile, there it is again, surprise, at breakfast. And there is peace again, in a cop’s mustache, of all places. Will peace be in those circles of black glass — those lenses? Media people surround the national leaders. No, the newspapers have become almost wholly marketing reports, including the arts and religious pages. The writers will discuss the G-20 meetings as consumers of war. Only the obituary page is not some form of consumerism, and it carries in its descriptions of bravery and tenacity and invention the peace that would free everyone in all twenty nations.

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