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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Profiting from Global Warming [A must listen-to interview]

Click here to access this 51:30m audio recording of a recent interview with independent journalist and author McKenzie Funk from a listener sponsored radio station (KPFA) in Berkeley, California.

Funk is a journalist who has undertaken a six year study involving travel to 24 countries to find out of what is being done about climate destabilization. Well, he found out that a lot was being done in the short-term to enrich the already rich, but almost nothing to save humanity in the long-term.
Getting rich off of global warming may seem like the ultimate cynical business plan. But corporations are hedging their bets on unchecked climate change and the opportunities it affords. Journalist McKenzie Funk reports about the very lucrative business to be made from the deleterious effects of climate change, from opened shipping lanes in the melting Arctic to newly exposed mineral deposits, from food production on previously inhospitable land to the sale of artificial snow to the Alps.
Although this was not elaborated on in the interview--and it should have--I think you will agree with me that he concluded that the capitalist system was the problem because of the way it trains and indoctrinates people to function to enhance corporate profits (see the concept of "trained incapacity" here and here). This lends support to my blog's thesis that all the major problems facing humanity today will not be solved until we end the rule of capitalism. Only then will we be able to create a system than can enable humanity to solve the climate crisis along with the many problems related to gross inequality which capitalism creates. Unfortunately, time is running out. Our expiry date is fast approaching. Of course, this doesn't mean that we should give up. No, it means that action to end this deadly system is more urgent than ever before.