Actually i’ve “seen this coming” since the early 1970s. Not since two years ago.
i can’t think of anything more horrific than spending my life watching this train, wreck, in “slow motion” in human time, but in the flicker of an eyelash in geologic and evolutionary time.
When the 1960s and 1970s “environmental movement” focused in on things like recycling paper and plastic – instead of re-tooling the entire economy along truly ecological principles…
When the 1960s and 1970s “anti-war movement” focused on the American war in Vietnam – instead of ending war…
When the 1960s and 1970s “Women’s movement” focused on the right to get the same jobs in the same economy as men – instead of unbuilding all the divisive institutions of patriarchy and replacing them with systems that truly care for all…
When the “Civil Rights movement” turned away from Martin Luther King’s vision of “beloved community” and “revolution of values” that confronted the “triple evils” of poverty, racism and militarism…
i was only 4 when JFK was shot. i literally do not remember it – my parents must have been quite careful not to burden me with it.
i was only 9 when MLK and RFK were shot. i did not understand the full meaning of those murders at that time.
i was only 11 when the first Earth Day was organized. It seemed to me like a great opportunity for humans in the USA to turn away from automobiles, petro-industrialism, mass-consumerism, and toxic waste. i did not fully understand what capitalism was at that time.
But i read Barry Commoner’s book The Closing Circle that he published in 1971, in direct response to the celebratory pageantry of Earth Day. Among other things, Commoner included a chapter in his 1971 book about global warming and climate change. (i had also been shown, in elementary school, the 1958 science documentary Unchained Goddess about the oceans, which also included a short segment on global warming and climate change.) It became starkly obvious to me that “we” were not taking anywhere near the steps needed to avert rapidly escalating crises, on all fronts.
When Jimmy Carter ran for president in 1976, his main campaign theme was “Trust Me.” i did not trust him. He’s the best ex-president of my life, but he was very plainly not speaking in terms that would truly address the rapidly escalating crises “we” were creating with the distorted, predatory, patriarchal, white-supremacist, militaristic, industrial economy. By this time i was 17 and had a much more comprehensive understanding.
Then in 1980 USA, Ronald Reagan was “elected” on a platform that explicitly rejected any steps to address any of these horrific crises. The march toward fascism in the USA has been on-course ever since, and the milquetoast “opposition” of the Democratic Party dared not speak the truth. Reagan also began the march back to global war by invading Grenada. Grenada!
In 1988 George HW Bush was elected, and he “succeeded” in finally wiping out the “Vietnam Syndrome” of US opposition to war, by invading first Panama – Panama! – and then more ominously, Iraq, in the “First Gulf War.”
Then in 1992 USA, Bill Clinton was “elected” and brought the Democratic “opposition” party directly in line with Reaganism. The two parties have marched together toward fascism and world war, ever since. In Clinton’s war, he led NATO in dismembering Yugoslavia.
i’ve been involved in direct-action, non-violent organizing to try to spark awareness and build a movement to end war, end ecocide, and build a holistic economy that takes care of the ecology and humanity instead of taking care of the most vicious predatory narcissistic solipsistic psychopathic looters among us. i’ve been arrested in political action and civil disobedience many times. i / we failed to get the attention or engagement of the vast majority of people in the USA.
Now we have Trump. Trump has been absolutely no surprise to me. But let me be absolutely clear: Electing Clinton in 2016 would have done zero to actually address the whole-system synergistic mega-crises that must be faced.
What we still need, is honesty – about everything – and humility in the face of the horrors “we” have created. And, we need to launch immediate, whole-system, transformation of the economy, to disempower the looting class, democratize wealth, and place ecology and humanity as the highest economic goods, not individual wealth and profit.
And again – no “Blue Wave” in 2018 or 2020 is going to even remotely begin to address these synergistic metastasizing mega-crises in any useful way.
Each “resistance” movement in the USA today needs to step back and look at these whole-system mega-crises, and figure out how to come together with honesty, and humility, and solidarity, to have a vision and a program, to actually end war, end the looting class, and build a human economy that can support the Earth’s ecology.
i don’t see it. But i keep trying. What else am i going to do?