We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, March 4, 2017

No Surrender

Click here to access article by Guy McPherson from Weekly Hubris.
Climate chaos is well under way, and has become irreversible over temporal spans relevant to humans because of self-reinforcing feedback loops (so-called positive feedbacks). Such is the nature of reaching the acceleration phase of the non-linear system that is climate catastrophe.

As a result of ongoing, accelerating climate change, I’m letting go of the notion that Homo sapiens will inhabit this planet beyond 2026. I’m letting go of the notion that, within a few short years, there will remain any habitat for humans in the interior of any large continent. I’m letting go of the notion we’ll retain even a fraction of one percent of the species currently on Earth beyond 2030. But I’m not letting go of the notion of resistance, which is a moral imperative.

1 comment:

  1. Dr. McPherson is one of the few courageous scientists who set conformity and self-interest aside, draw our attention to the fact that humanity is on a collision course with the environment, and insist that in the ongoing war between humanity and nature, nature bats last.

    I likewise agree that it is just about impossible to wake up a victim of mind control. Aldous Huxley:

    “The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.” Experimental proof is available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belief_perseverance

    I agree that the climate situation is dire and that we are ruled by a criminal enterprise. But I feel that the situation is not as bad as Prof. McPherson seems to believe, and, at the same time, far more multi-faceted.

    First, not as bad. Rule number one when dealing with complex systems is unpredictability: You can’t be sure about anything as complex as the biosphere or climate. So Prof. McPherson, as an experienced scientist, ought to revise his statement to something like: There is a 90% chance that humanity will go extinct by 2026. Averring a 100% probability is, in principle, unscientific. See my 1996 peer-reviewed article for more details: http://drnissani.net/mnissani/pagepub/GREENp&e.htm

    Second, the situation is more multifaceted. Climate change is just one of the grave threats to the biosphere. There are many, many others, including nuclear power, nuclear war, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and chemical contamination—all part of humanity’s war against nature and against itself. If you take all these together, elsewhere I conservatively calculated the probability that humanity will go extinct in the next 200 years as something like 94%. See: http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/06/the-human-experiment-is-probably-coming-to-an-end/

    The take-home lesson is: Humanity still has a chance—a small one, but nonetheless real. If I am right, instead of giving up, we should fight back.

    In that case, our first question might be: What kind of system should we strive for? The suppressed answer we’ve all been brainwashed against is real democracy. See: http://www.greanvillepost.com/2016/08/12/7-4-billion-cheers-for-real-democracy/

    And the second question: How do overthrow the vicious, suicidal, oligarchy that rules us now? One unpleasant—but logically compelling—answer involves giving our rulers just a bit of their own lethal medicine. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/17/the-al-sabbah-brigade/

    One moving call to arms appears in Prof. McPherson’s own website (http://guymcpherson.com/2011/02/the-people-vs-the-united-states/):

    “They’ll talk about change, about politics, about reform, about corruption, but they will never talk about war unless they mean something happening far away. Because to admit the existence of the war waged against us is to admit that we are combatants, and if we see that we are not fighting back, then we would have to admit that we have surrendered. That we have already been defeated.”

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