Two brilliant speeches

The first is by a (then) 12-year-old Canadian girl called Victoria Grant. Her speech is just under seven minutes long and it was given last year at the ‘Public Banking in America’ Conference in Philadelphia. Victoria is talking about the banking scam in her native Canada, yet what she says applies to most countries that have gone into economic meltdown (particularly the likes of Greece and Ireland). It’s a sad fact that it takes a twelve-year-old to tell it like it really is, albeit a well-coached one…

The second speech is by David Freeman, former Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and someone with years of experience in the energy industry. It was given earlier this year at the New York Academy of Medicine, during the Fukushima Symposium. The speech is titled “My Experience with Nuclear Power” and lasts for 24 minutes. Freeman gives some of the best arguements against nuclear power that I’ve seen in recent years. The speech is also interesting because he relates how the ‘nuclear priesthood’ came about, and he steams into anti-nuclear campaigners, accusing them of being too moribund.

Aside from the fact that they are good speeches, I’m including these two here together because they are inextricably linked: the economic meltdown and the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima can be directly attributed to neoliberalism.

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