Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Not too common
Barry Commoner was a biologist and genteel rabble rouser. In 1980, he formed the Citizen's Party and ran for president with LaDonna Harris, Fred Harris's wife. His scientific training made him acutely aware of the degradation of the natural world. He said, "The peak of the [Presidential] campaign happened in Albuquerque, where a local reporter said to me, 'Dr. Commoner, are you a serious candidate or are you just running on the issues?'" Ran across Commoner mentioned somewhere lately and thought we could do with more of his sort today, people who just run on the issues. I don't believe he gave a damn what Goldman Sachs wanted.