This is an article from CP that I feel dovetails nicely with Jake’s latest.
The takeaway (I think?) is that collapse is inevitable (which I believe is true) which would include the collapse of this destructive u.s. oligarchy that is fueled by capitalism.
Of course the question remains, will a habitable planet be left in the wake of the human induced sixth extinction? I think not.
I find it curious that so many journalists (and others) talk about the future of “election cycles” while the arctic is melting such that it is nearing a blue ocean event and we are on a trajectory for ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere that will make human life on earth impossible!
In any case, I disagree with Noam Chomsky’s quote about optimism at the end of Jake’s piece. (And thank you Jake for your excellent contributions)
Taken as a life system----- if the biosphere/lithosphere/hydrosphere have been altered by humans to the point of not being able to sustain diverse life forms (including humans)----- than acceptance would be in order.
Acceptance does not preclude trying to make the world a better place. And it is OK not to be optimistic-------no need to shame those who are not hopeful for the future of life (as it exists today) on our planet.
Additionally, acceptance does not mean we role over and be accomplices in the destruction of life on earth:
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.”—George Orwell
“True sustainability requires zero waste. True sustainability requires an end to all unnecessary manufactured toxics. True sustainability requires an end to excess production and consumption. True sustainability requires an end to equating wants with needs. All of this is antithetical to our current way of life. All of this is antithetical to industrial growth. Most of all, all of this is antithetical to capitalism.
Republicans want to deny that our environmental problems exist.
Democrats want to engineer our way out of global catastrophe, when it is engineering itself that led us down this path.”