Say No to Cruises!
Brian Beutler notes
that the National Review
is going on a little cruise with wealthy donors to raise money, and wonders why no liberal political journals (apart from The Nation
) do the same. Well, not to be super-sanctimonious or anything, but I don't think any progressive organization should ever
go on cruise ship vacations to raise money. Those boats tend to dump millions of gallons
of waste water into the ocean, usually aren't regulated
very well, and are often staffed by Third World workers earning rock-bottom wages and vulnerable to exploitation.
Maybe The Nation
has found itself some nice eco-friendly cruise line, but I doubt it. From the website
, it looks like they're using Holland America. Here's one account
of how HA treats its workers. (Short answer: not well.) In 2004, the line paid a large fine
for dumping 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into a harbor in Alaska. In 1998, the line had forked over another $2 million
after it got caught illegally dumping waste. Sadly, giving passengers the option of buying a few carbon offsets doesn't make it all okay.
Okay, that was
super-sanctimonious. Sorry! I'll try to write some more reasonable posts soon enough. But seriously, surely there are cleaner ways to do fund-raising...Update:
I see Salon
and Ms. Magazine
also go on cruises with Holland America. What fun!