Capitalism is killing the planet (leaflet)

dead-duck high contrastClimate change is worse than most people realize, as they don’t understand its feedback loops and tipping points. Species are vanishing faster than anytime since the dinosaurs. The ecosystem, losing diversity, grows fragile. Watch soon for Arctic methane, huge famine, civilization collapse (which won’t halt the feedback loops), ecosystem collapse, and global extinction. To avert that, we need big changes fast.

arctic drillingIndeed, when the Arctic started melting a few years ago, that should have been a wake-up call to ban fossil fuels. But instead our insane rulers rushed to agree on who could take fossil fuels from which parts of the Arctic.

torturePower – from money, elections, any source – corrupts, as we see everywhere: Authoritarians beat their families, bosses bully workers, guards torture prisoners, police shoot the poor, and our rulers cheat and kill everyone. Hierarchy concentrates power; we should replace it with horizontal networking.

money in politicsDemocracy is an illusion. Gilens and Page’s 2014 statistics proved the rich get the public policies they want and the rest of us don’t. Money is influence, so the only way to end rule by the wealthy class is to not have a wealthy class. That requires a wholly different economic system.

better bargaining positionSeparate property increases inequality. Indeed, if we don’t share, we trade – and that gives greater profit to the trader in the stronger bargaining position, making him stronger still, increasing inequality – which is now enormous – and creating poverty and plutocracy.

vileBuyer and seller may trade, but other parties bear “externalities,” unmeasured side effects. Those are huge – they include war, poverty, and destruction of the ecosystem – so the market’s “efficiency” is a lie.

capitalism-as-fishIt’s not just our rulers who are sick. Separate property creates separate lives and alienation; competition kills empathy. The homeless on street corners are a visible reminder of how little our society cares about anyone. That’s why some loner shoots up a school every few days. But we don’t shoot our friends. Can’t we all be friends?

caring and sharingThis world is dying. But we can create a new world, a paradise of caring, sharing, and horizontalism. The first step is to get more people talking about it.


2018 Dec 2, version 4.08. Created for the September 8 climate march. The leaflet fits on two sides of 1/2 page.