Now that our city overwhelmingly defeated a proposal by what political science professor Bill Lunch, political analyist for Oregon Public Broadcasting, called “the establishment” to fluoridate the drinking water, anti-establishment political activists can enjoy the satisfaction of a rare victory.
We — I include myself as such an activist (and as one who voted against fluoridation) — must remember that we still live in a state which had a one-day special session of the legislature to pass, with scant examination or debate, an exemption from tax of a dominant corporation; our corporate elite still dominates our lives. But the movement to overturn the Supreme Court decision which offers corporations unConstitutional privileges won a vote this week in Los Angeles.
We live in a repressive age. But there is still hope.