I was largely raised in Ventura, California; my mother ran the household while my father worked to support the family.
His entire career was spent working for the federal government, and all but one year was spent working for the Department of Defense.
The nearby military bases employed most of the areas professionals, so some of my friends fathers (as well as several of my fathers friends) also worked for the military.
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Then I met Dennis Lee and was able to live my dreams of trying to bring alternative energy to the world.
After meeting Dennis, I had a very rude awakening, and my political education began in earnest.
My political outlook was fairly mainstream, which means that I was ignorant.
I read the newspaper virtually everyday, from age 10 to 27, thinking that I was getting the news.
The first alternative political literature that I read, other than the Christian Science Monitor (which is only slightly alternative), was conspiratorial literature, from conspiracies regarding instigating our wars, to controlling the banking system, to eliminating the USA's sovereignty.
While Dennis was still in jail, I was introduced to Noam Chomsky and the political left.It can be hazardous to over-generalize, but right-wing scholarship is often centered on conspiracies, while left-wing scholarship is more interested in the structural aspects of our systems workings.The right sees the activities as more conscious (conspiratorial), while the left sees it as more unconscious (structural, institutional behavior).The Christian right has the Book of Genesis, while the left has the Big Bang and evolution.One was a conscious creation, while the other was a big and unfathomable accident. The right can veer into outright paranoia and see a conspiracy behind every bush, as it ignored or underplays the structural aspects of what is happening. It has a tendency to see everything as a big accident, with institutional forces at play and few, if any, individuals really controlling a situations outcome.It became obvious that the energy industry has maintained its technological monopoly by using extremely dirty tactics.