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IF ANYTHING CAN STOP THE DESTRUCTIVE JUGGERNAUT OF THE GLOBAL CORPORATE WAR-AND-WASTE MACHINE, OCCUPY WALL STREET HAS THE BEST SHOT.
HOWEVER, AMONG THEIR PRESCIENT STATEMENTS AND LISTS OF DEMANDS, THEY HAVE YET TO CONNECT THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DOTS. SEE THE BLOG.

The Argument is Over.

The science is in. The experts agree. Young people in particular are taking notice. Climate Change is only one aspect of a much larger crisis.

What are the next questions?

Why are they not being imagined or asked? Let alone answered? How scary is it really? What can we realistically do? Where do we start? Where will we finish?

The Environmental Crisis results from our abuse of the power of industrial technology. But it persists, expands and accelerates because of a systemic failure in our information, cognitive and democratic processes.

So now we must start with a radical shift in how we think, decide and act. The first step must be a revolution in thinking, about our fundamental relationships with each other, with our technologies, and with the planet.

EINSTEIN, 1950:
“OUR SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED AT THE SAME LEVEL OF THINKING WITH WHICH WE CREATED THEM.”

TO MANAGE THE GLOBAL ECO-CRISIS IN A NARROW WINDOW OF TIME, MANY MANY OF US IN THE U.S. WILL HAVE TO RADICALLY ADJUST OUR THINKING.

It’s overwhelming.

There are so many Crises. Fossil fuel dependency and climate change, public health and the food supply, financial shenanigans and foreclosures. It’s so complicated. How will we ever deal with it all?

There are deep connections ...

between the crash, climate change, the health care crisis and the war of the week. If we attack each crisis as an isolated problem we will fail. Once we see the pattern that connects them, the solution will become obvious.

OK. Light bulbs, hybrids, recycling. What else can we possibly do? We want to be good global citizens, but we’re so busy, things are changing so fast, there are so many distractions and disagreements. It’s hard to prioritize. Let’s go have lunch at the mall.

More than half of what we “consume” is wasted.

Two thirds of our fossil fuel, a quarter of our food and 90% of our fresh water is wasted. Most of the profit skimmed – or scammed - from the economy is wasted, used to buy our politicians or our consent, or gambled away in the global casino.

It’s way scarier than we thought.

I don’t want to think about it. It’s going to force us to change in ways we can’t imagine.

If we can’t or won’t imagine the worst case ...

we’ll be ill-prepared to prevent it. If we can’t imagine the best case, we’ll never try to make it happen.

La la la la, I don’t hear you.

I don’t want to think about it. Our lives are so complex already. Everything is changing so fast. It boggles the mind to think about dealing with this. Won’t someone else, the government or the market, take care of it?

Denial is natural.

But it’s not acceptable. Yes, the unprecedented scale and complexity of the crisis triggers denial, cynicism or desperation. Self-deception is one of the most common psychological defenses. To see the "big picture" we have to stop lying to ourselves.

Why didn’t somebody see this coming?

We live in this dense information environment. If it’s really this bad, how come we didn’t know about it earlier? Why didn’t someone warn us?

Many did. Since the 50s ...

thousands of books, TV shows, scientists and politicians have warned about the dangers of unchecked population, unregulated markets, uncontrolled pollution, resource depletion and the use of toxic chemicals.

We are such a powerful and wealthy nation. What about our “blessed lifestyle of plenty”? We can't turn our backs on progress and abundance. Ronald Reagan promised us a “new morning in America.”

President Carter was ridiculed

for his dire predictions of what is now obvious: the legacy of oil addiction is a civilization on the brink. The warnings were shouted down with market-mad propaganda that confuses quality of life with quantity of waste.

This smells like a conspiracy ...

between poor nations in the global south and radicals here, to create a world government and a controlled economy. We can't go down the slippery slope toward Socialism.

Capitalists conspired ...

consciously and unconsciously for a solid century, to create a global economy based on waste, imperialism, exploitation and advertising. The movements for social and economic justice and environmental sustainability all spring from the same set of crimes. And they share exactly the same objectives.

Sounds like a radical leftist plot.

They want to redistribute our hard-earned wealth, blame America first, take away our freedoms.

How did the wealth get “distributed” ...

in the first place? Think: imperialist exploitation of the "third world," cheap or stolen resources, slave labor, wars for oil, union busting, deregulation, fraud and corruption. Confusing "freedom" with free markets is fat cat propaganda.

Warmer weather, I don’t see the problem.

Besides, if the problem is THAT bad, it’s going to be impossible to fix. We should just prepare ourselves for the changes.

The Darfur genocide was caused ...

in part by the Sahara Desert expanding. In India large agricultural systems are collapsing. In China millions have been forced to move for a dam that is killing delta fisheries. Preparation means a global standard for the right to a sustainabie planet.


Too many people are talking about "revolution."

That’s even more scary than the climate crisis. I like the stable, comfortable culture we’ve so carefully built.

We’re in five global revolutions

we don’t recognize as such: in technology, population, economics, information and politics. Their combined impact on the planet is devastating. Yet we try to manage with obsolete ideas and ineffective government. “Conceptual emergency” describes it perfectly. The world we have built expands and accelerates beyond our ability to understand or control it. A revolution in thinking is the essential first step.


How did it turn out like this?

It seems so unnecessary. Why can’t life be simple? What are we missing? Can anyone see the big picture?

Our stupidity is about to overtake

our intelligence. Our ingenuity and invention have created a world of progress and prosperity for a few of us. But in arrogance and short sightedness, we’ve ignored the side effects, which now threaten civilization itself.


We’re burdening our children
with an enormous debt. The cost of war, the bailouts, paying for health care: we can’t keep spending more than we have.

We will condemn our children to a fate worse than debt, if we think debt is the issue. Our depletion of the planet is a far greater debt. The “zero sum,” pay as you go argument should be applied to the big picture. The wealth of the world, accumulated through cheap labor and resource theft, must now be paid BACK.

What about our freedom?

Conservatives are right to argue for smaller government. Can’t we trust the free market system to correct the problems of pollution and waste?

to the FREEDOM page

Smaller government and de-

regulation mean turning the future over to the corporations. Free market fanatics have tricked us into thinking that “freedom” means the freedom to shop. The myth of the “free market” has just imploded, but we’re using the free market fiction to try to fix it. The recent crash is just the tip of the iceberg.

The talk in Copenhagen about “Climate Debt” proves that this is a global socialist plot, nothing less than an excuse for the poor to steal from the rich. “Total Global Reparation,” is an idea promoted by this author for six years. It's a radical and pragmatic way to rethink the history of economic imperialism, to re-imagine a sustainable global future with a proper source of investment captial.

All the fear and angst.

All the unfulfilled desire. If we didn’t think it impossible, we might suspect invisible forces at work. This can’t be something we’re doing to ourselves, unwittingly .... can it?

Greed is a mask for fear.

At its worst the lust for power is expressed as destruction and waste. Natural desires are amplified, distorted and exploited by advertising. Personal power is stolen from us, packaged and sold back to us as products and images. The profits buy our politicians. Curiosity is thwarted by denial. Independent thinking is compromised by peer pressure.

There is an invisible force at work in each of us and in the human culture at large: the power of the unconscious mind.

Until we acknowledge the role of our primitive fears and desires, in skewing and distorting our “rational” processes, we will continue to be slaves to them.

   

 

 

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