The film “Take Back Your Power” by Canadian immigrant Josh del Sol- released in 2013- did an excellent job of dramatically describing the problems caused by smart meters. Unfortunately the solutions that Mr. del Sol proposes to deal with the smart meter problem have always seemed to come up short. Del Sol’s latest effort, called the “In Power” Movement, apparently based on the use of a series of “liability documents,” is no exception.
From 2012- 2014, Stop Smart Meters! partnered with the TBYP filmmakers, distributed thousands of DVD’s, and helped organize numerous screenings around the country. That was before Mr. del Sol questioned the disability rights of those with EHS, took credit for our work, recklessly made statements denying that fossil fuels damage our climate, and promoted false, dead-end “solutions” to the smart meter crisis. These actions- we are sad to say- led to us parting ways with Mr. Del Sol.
Ornately worded documents and one-sided contracts, based on the discredited “sovereign citizen” movement, are nothing but a fool’s errand, and unless backed by true political grassroots power, these promises provide false hope and misdirected energies. In a recent post entitled The Emperor’s Clothes and Smart Meter Resistance, Michigan Stop Smart Meters spokesperson David Sheldon says that the “InPower Movement” is “inherently flawed” and diverting well intentioned funding and support from truly grassroots anti-smart meter groups. We agree.
Just because someone correctly identifies a problem does not necessarily qualify them to pinpoint the best solution. Mr. Del Sol has brought his own agenda, but not an open mind to this debate, according to many people in this movement. He is apparently now teaming up with Jason Bawden-Smith, who promotes false solutions such as “Blueshield” devices that claim to “defend against EMF’s” but actually emit more EMF into already saturated environments. These false solutions distract from the real ones, and erode the credibility of the problems we are working to raise awareness about.
Real solutions to the problem of utilities forcing smart meters include communities organizing, raising awareness, taking direct action, passing legislation and winning court cases. Shifting social norms. Talking to one another. No one document will magically cure all our woes, without this basic “shoe leather organizing.” We need to commit to solidarity with our communities, and never back down from what we know to be the truth.
There is nothing wrong with holding criminals accountable in writing. The question is – who is going to ensure accountability if political and judicial systems continue to be corrupted by the industries they are meant to hold in check? Unless the answer is “us” then such dogma only serves to empower the state, and the utility executives committing their heinous crimes.