It is Capitalism that has fueled the Disasters of International Warming, Air pollution, Over-harvesting of Assets, Whacked-out Water Cycle, Conflict (The elephant within the room)
Oh, Oregon is holding hearings on HB 2020, a child step round placing ft to fireside of these so-called polluters. I’ll listing it under. I’ve been requested to attend a skyped listening to, one which tells me to go for not more than three minutes.
That is Kabuki Theater. The invoice is about inexperienced as the brand new black. It’s all the time about Democrats and 350.org trying to capitalism to unravel an issue — a whole set of issues — created by capitalism.
As an alternative of socialism — working for the surroundings, for the individuals, for communities and for a wholesome truth-telling of how dangerous the local weather disruption and modifications are and might be — we’ve the Inexperienced New Deal/Plan that leaves out the 52 % of the USA’s nationwide price range — warfare, army, and all of the tens of hundreds of corporations and firms that generate profits off of prisons, surveillance, armaments, bombs, DARPA-inspired killing.
Overlook the truth that the US army is the most important polluter within the USA, on the earth. We’re utilizing worthwhile assets, funding, minds to perpetuate a dying undertaking of star wars, Mom of All Bombs, perpetual struggle. So, what do I say, then, or do, when pals need me to go to a listening to and converse speaking factors? I’ve a letter under I tweaked to inform the reality to my two reps — David Gomberg, Democrat, District 10; and Arnie Roblan, Democrat, fifth District.
It’s milquetoast, nonetheless. Decorum and being respectful override being truthful and impassioned.
I’m writing to induce you to make the Clear Power Jobs invoice a precedence within the upcoming yr. And that’s only a begin. I’ve been an educator and journalist for greater than 40 years, 80 mixed years. I’m 62, and have labored in public faculties, group schools, four-year land grant schools, personal universities and myriad of other and non-traditional studying locations.
I’ve spent my time studying concerning the constructed surroundings some ways (grasp’s in city planning) and sustainability tied to group participation (grasp’s in Communications/ English).
The underside line is we have to do greater than what HB 2020 asks for. That is solely the tip of the iceberg, to make use of a prophetic method of telling you that we’d like greater than a Marshall Plan to mitigate the damaging results of worldwide warming. The scientists I talk with and research are approach forward of any panel impaneled by the US authorities or firms to look into international local weather change.
We’re in dire straits, tied to crop failures, document temperatures, desertification of ecosystems, decreasing of oxygen in our environment, species collapse, and a shift within the water cycle, to call just some. We have to transfer shortly to an eco-socialist mindset.
When you can’t see HB 2020 as a small first step, sure, mandatory, then your personal myopia definitely would converse to an uninitiated thoughts. Maintain all main polluters accountable with a worth on greenhouse gases. Don’t permit for exemptions for any polluting industries.
Everybody underneath the cap! Make sure that we’re reinvesting in Oregon to make our individuals resilient, to have meals safety, to plan sensibly, and to ensure our residents are ready for some robust occasions forward. This isn’t a time to consider inexperienced is the brand new black (economically talking).
The thought of green-washing very important human-ecosystems-cultural security nets for the worth of predatory capitalism as we’ve got it in Oregon and within the USA, is worse than doing nothing in any respect. We’d like steady-state financial considering, and to behave and work regionally and join globally.
From higher transit in cities to trendy irrigation on farms, from renewable power for houses to managing wildfire danger, the Clear Power Jobs invoice will profit all communities in Oregon. I ask you to champion daring local weather motion with Clear Power Jobs.
I’ll keep in contact concerning the progress of the invoice. I ask you to get knowledgeable as shortly as potential to know the complete impacts of worldwide local weather disaster, over-harvesting of assets, and the impacts of enterprise as regular in a no holds barred angle that places financial system over fairness and surroundings. Surroundings and fairness far outpaces any financial boondoggles and schemes the industrialists and capitalists have devised for his or her instant revenue theft.
Sincerely, Paul Haeder
Loopy, I despatched in such a mellow letter. I didn’t need to upset the political apple cart, by telling these representatives what they need to be doing to develop Oregon: cease infinite progress, or any progress, and do regular state economics and the economics of the poor, as within the proposals of the barefoot economist, Manfred Max-Neef. Our whole system is flawed with town-halls and Skyped hearings. We’d like ecosocialism now, and a billion timber planted now. A plant-based eating regimen NOW. All transportation predicated on true 200-mile diets and consumption patterns NOW. Sturdy items manufactured regionally NOW.
My fellow author, John Steppling, has an excellent piece out at the moment over at Dissident Voice. Please learn it. “Scurrying Fascist Cockroaches”.
Already, I’m having arguments about Bernie. Those that help him won’t permit for any criticism. Then, I’ve to defend Sanders when dyed within the wool tradition wars Democrats ply considered one of their prime ten (will it’s 23 complete vying for the nomination in a single type or one other?) as the actual selection/champ/darling-to-beat-Pence/Trump and assault Bernie for being unrealistic, a spoiler, a socialist!
Bernie or the remainder of the shills will not be for socialism. Interval. They’re for struggle, no taxes, countless confusion and chaos, that are the by-products of vulture-predatory-zombie Capitalism.
Now, Ocasio Cortez is floating one thing she calls the Inexperienced New Deal (which, in one other type, was already promoted by Inexperienced Celebration candidate Jill Stein) and which is a nakedly professional capitalist little bit of three card Monte that may present a lift to the nuclear energy business and line numerous company pockets. It’s capitalism.
Omar and Ocasio Cortez additionally signed the odious Code Pink letter condemning US involvement in coups whereas on the similar time slandering and fabricating tales about Maduro. The logic of the letter was that US proxy forces and covert actions had a counter productive impact and solely helped to shore up the credibility of the Maduro authorities.
In different phrases, fascism is OK, is simply nice, solely please do it in methods that won’t bruise my delicate sensitivities.
— John Steppling
Solely socialism can deal with what is occurring on the planet now, not simply tied to local weather change, but in addition tied to the worldwide financial inequities and the homicide and plunder and sexism, ageism, racism, ableism which Capitalism not solely creates, however breeds incessantly.
Assume exhausting who cares about animals, the aged, the younger, the land, air, water, soil, the whales, the bees, ending prisons, creating security nets for we the individuals.
Assume exhausting who cares about First Nations and Civil Society and peasant actions and self-determination for individuals of the land. It’s not going to be the elephant on the finish of the feast; i.e., Republicans.
The suitable-wing doesn’t care about any of those teams or considerations. Proper wingers don’t care about us, the 80 %, or the Romney 41 %, or the 99 % when taking a look at billionaires operating for the Democratic presidential nomination — Bloomberg and Starbucks Howdy Doody Schultz.
The appropriate-wingers don’t care about academics, about public establishments, about science (actual science, not purchased and bought science for the industries of Capitalism, the polluters, financiers, lords of warfare, and the infinite consumption/retailers’ merchandise of obsolescence, deliberate lack of sturdiness, and so forth.)
And, properly, the democrats, too, from Clinton to Pelosi, and all the standard suspects this election cycle — all warfare mongers, genuflecting to Israel and $$$ — they consider us as tremendous predators, tremendous naive, tremendous Utopian.
To repair or at the least handle, to a point, the worst environmental issues will truly require drastic socialist packages. Not fascism as Noam Chomsky** suggests…or as Bernie Sanders or AOC or any of the remainder of these capitalist sock puppets … however socialist.
And nothing, NOTHING of any good is ever going come out of the Democratic Social gathering. And nothing of any significance can occur by way of the US electoral theater. The quantity of power wasted in countless debate concerning the virtues or ‘electability’ (sic) of Elizabeth Warren vs Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris vs Tulsi Gabbard and so on is breathtaking. Think about that point spent on one thing helpful.
Like, oh, tips on how to forestall extra struggle and carnage. And methods to create a sustainable type of human improvement.
Socialism, in its most radical type, is about substantive equality, group solidarity, and ecological sustainability; it’s aimed on the unification—not merely division—of labor. — “The Indispensable Radical Left”
Right here, an incredible quote from Steppling citing John Bellemy Foster, Month-to-month Assessment, February 2019
As soon as sustainable human improvement, rooted not in change values, however in use values and real human wants, involves outline historic advance, the longer term, which now appears closed, will open up in a myriad methods, permitting for solely new, extra qualitative, and collective types of improvement. This may be seen within the sorts of wanted sensible measures that might be taken up, however that are utterly excluded underneath the current mode of manufacturing. It isn’t bodily impossibility, or lack of financial surplus, most of which is presently squandered, that stands in the best way of the democratic management of funding, or the satisfaction of primary wants—clear air and water, meals, clothes, housing, schooling, well being care, transportation, and helpful work—for all. It isn’t the scarcity of technological know-how or of fabric signifies that prevents the required ecological conversion to extra sustainable types of power.103 It isn’t some inherent division of humanity that obstructs the development of a New Worldwide of staff and peoples directed towards capitalism, imperialism, and conflict. All of that is inside our attain, however requires pursuing a logic that runs counter to that of capitalism. —
And once more, proof about simply how damaged the logic of our lefty mental, N. Chomsky. Observe**
Suppose it was found tomorrow that the greenhouse results has been approach underestimated, and that the catastrophic results are literally going to set in 10 years from now, and never 100 years from now or one thing. Properly, given the state of the favored actions we have now as we speak, we’d in all probability have a fascist takeover-with everyone agreeing to it, as a result of that may be the one technique for survival that anybody might consider. I’d even comply with it, as a result of there’s simply no different options proper now.
— Noam Chomsky, Understanding Energy, 2002
The counterpoint to any of those child steps, to talk energy to cash at these capitalism-will-forever-rule-and-dictate-our-futures believers on all sides of the duopoly aisle, is actual riot. Rebelling in a time of scholar loans that homicide future, militarized police, informants, pigs ruling all media, and cult of superstar sounds daunting, however do we have now some other selection? Extinction Rebel!
From Rolling Stone:
Drawing inspiration from the civil rights motion, Occupy Wall Road, and HIV/AIDS protest group ACT UP, Extinction Riot makes clear calls for, amongst them that the federal government should “inform the reality concerning the local weather” and “enact legally binding coverage measures to scale back carbon emissions to internet zero by 2025.”
However it additionally goals to acknowledge and draw on the extreme feelings that include the environmental calamity that’s upon us. “Even whereas resolving to restrict the injury, we will mourn,” is how Gail Bradbrook, one the group’s founders in England, places it.
“Our intention is to impress an rebellion on a scale that’s by no means been seen earlier than within the U.S., a nationwide coordinated financial and authorities disruption that might be maintained till the federal government is pressured to barter with us.”
Using strictly nonviolent techniques and working inside a largely decentralized construction, the Extinction Riot has three formidable calls for: to push governments to speak the reality of the ecological disaster to the general public, to scale back carbon emissions to internet zero by 2025 and to permit the formation of a democratic “residents meeting” to supervise the huge modifications this is able to necessitate.
The New York Metropolis chapter of XR additionally features a demand for local weather justice, or “a simply transition that prioritizes probably the most weak individuals and indigenous sovereignty.”
Or, do we actually confront all methods and break free from all buildings of energy, together with authorities, authorities managed by the elites, authorities within the palms of despotic thinkers, firms driving roughshod over all our lives? Cory Morningstar:
How would you describe the overall influence of liberal foundations on the evolution of analysis inside universities and on intellectuals extra usually?
Cory: It’s my perception that the influence has been debilitating past measure. Worse, it isn’t solely underestimated by society, however I might go as far as to say that the co-optation of progress and mind shouldn’t be even acknowledged by society. We wish to consider that Euro-People are the sensible ones (in any case, we’ve been battling Nature for eons and profitable): but collectively we (the supposedly educated) are destroying our personal habitat at an ever-accelerating velocity.
These chosen for positions of energy, which speed up our demise by way of the industrialized capitalist system, are cherry-picked from the Ivy League. Company management (by way of direct funding and basis funding) has resulted in a cohesive silence on virtually every little thing that flies within the face of widespread sense. Creativity has been grossly stifled.
Important considering has been framed as confrontational whereas submission and obedience are deemed admirable. I coated this matter extra extensively partially three of my investigative report on methane hydrates (The Actual Weapons of Mass Destruction: Methane, Propaganda & the Architects of Genocide) underneath the subsection Universities as Bedfellows| Ethical Nihilism.[Excerpt: “Corporate funding effectively silences dissent and buys legitimacy where none is deserved. The corporate influence and domination, like a virus, crushes imagination, strangles creativity and kills individual thought. Education pursued for the collective good is dead. Transcendent values — dead. The nurturing of individual conscience — dead. Ethical and social equity issues are framed and accepted as passé. Political silence reigns. Moral independence within educational institutes is being effectively decimated. It is of little surprise that empathy has declined by 40% in college students since 2000.”]