The End Is Near
THE END IS NEAR
if capitalism continues
(ask me for a leaflet)
… says my sign. Here’s the leaflet:
We humans shared for 200,000 years. Then 12,000 years ago we invented private property. That was tolerable when we were few and our technologies were simple. But now it’s causing terrible destruction, and we’re on the verge of extinction from nukes and/or climate.
Nuclear war will have no winner: Any survivors of the initial blast may die soon after, from drifting radioactive fallout. And accidental nuclear war is likely – we’ve already had many close calls. We’ll only be made safe by friendship and disarmament, a huge cultural change.
Runaway warming, caused chiefly by carbon pollution, is growing bigger and faster than most people realize. The press talks of floods in 2100, but hardly mentions crop failures that have already begun. Polluters and politicians subsidize each other. One recent change: Outright denials are replaced by greenwashing.
Nukes, climate, and many smaller problems stem from our culture of not caring and not sharing. Property separates us, and competition kills empathy, leaving fear, lies, greed, hate, shootings. Not sharing has harmful side effects such as pollution. And trade increases inequality, which has grown huge. Rents rise faster than wages. Wealth is power, which corrupts – for instance, our wars are based on lies to make the rich and powerful more so.
Who do you believe? Why? The corporate press lies about everything, mostly by omission: It says little or nothing about the real basis of our society, the context of historical events, or the very different world that is possible. Read the non-corporate press instead. Our rulers jailed Assange, but they can’t jail us all.
Our so-called “democracy” is plutocracy in disguise: Regardless of elections, government policies favor the rich. The rich won’t permit reforms, which would cut into their profits. And if we somehow lock up the plutocrats but we don’t change our culture, it will quickly spawn more plutocrats. We must wake to a new culture of caring, sharing, understanding, and consensus. Join the conversation; help spread the word.
2022 Nov 9. Explanatory links at LeftyMathProf.wordpress.com/end
Version 2.08. The leaflet fits on two sides of 1/3 page. I’m studying the master, preparing to use the sign.