Climate change is worse than most people realize, as they don’t grasp 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), ecosystem collapse, and global extinction. To avert that, we need big changes fast.
But our rulers are insane. Indeed, they should have banned fossil fuels when the Arctic began melting a few years ago. Instead they rushed to agree on who could take fossil fuels from which parts of the Arctic.
Power – 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.
Democracy 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. To accomplish that, and to end inequality, externalities, and alienation, takes a wholly different economic system.
Separate property increases inequality. Indeed, if we don’t share, we trade – but that gives greater profit to the trader in the stronger bargaining position, making him stronger still, increasing inequality, which is now enormous.
Buyer 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.
It’s not just our rulers who are sick. Separate property creates separate lives and alienation; competition kills empathy. The homeless on every street corner 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?
The old 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 Aug 31, version 4.06. Created for the September 8 climate march. Shown here is the sign I expect to be carrying. The leaflet fits on two sides of 1/3 page.