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Research Shows 'Linking Climate Policy to Social and Economic Justice Makes It More Popular'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/12/research-shows-linking-climate-policy-social-and-economic-justice-makes-it-more


Linking? Linking??? Linking???!!! More popular!!! Heavy sigh.


Exactly, friend. I’m flabbergasted by the public-relations angle here. My brain explodes.

Does physical, historical, and social reality make any difference to anyone anymore?

If we confront the whole juggernaut – capitalism, white-supremacy, and hetero-patriarchy – as the solid block of oppression it is, then we just might have a chance.


Nobody is ever going to give us social and economic justice, sustainable climate policy and representative government - never, ever, will that happen, and it never has before in all of history. All of those must be forcibly taken, not demanded, not insisted, not expected - forcibly taken, in much the same way it was forcibly taken from you!

Haile Selassie originally
Put to song by Bob Marley

Until the philosophy
Which hold one race superior and another
Is finally
And permanently
And abandoned
Everywhere is war
Me say war

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the color of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes
Me say war

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all
Without regard to race
Dis a war

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained
Now everywhere is war

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
That hold our brothers in Angola
In Mozambique
South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled
Utterly destroyed
Well, everywhere is war
Me say war

War in the east
War in the west
War up north
War down south
War war
Rumors of war
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight we find it necessary
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil
Good over evil, yeah
Good over evil
Good over evil, yeah
Good over evil


well, that settles it. i’m sure our ruling class will bend over any day now.


My new double-sided demonstration, march, and protest signs simply say:




Brother Cornel is totally correct.


Two conductors, 25 sacks of mail…
Good morning America, How are ya?
Said don’t ya know me? I’m your native son.
On the train they call the City of New Orleans.
I’ll be gone 500 miles afore the day is done.


Great that it’s more popular but that doesn’t mean anything if your policy makes zero sense from technical, logistical, economic and managerial perspective.

The idea should not be what is the most popular. The idea is to create effective policy that will actually reduce CO2 and mitigate climate damages hopefully at the most economical cost possible.

The majority of people in this country aren’t experts in agriculture, energy, transportation etc. so why on earth is popularity the goal above all else? Moronic opinions shared by the majority is NOT A SOUND PLAN, and it will not lead to effective policy that solves the problem.


No need for that when they’ve already got the General Public bent over.


What a pathetic sort the American Public are. True, ‘tis only tactics we’re talking about here, but still, that we need to stoop to this when Rational Minds would have already acted with force on climate change.

These are the fruits of the Neocon/Neoliberal destruction of our education system, which no longer produces a populace with critical thinking skills.


Let’s not give up on critical thinking skills.
Those who profess as much aren’t necessarily obedient dogmatics smoking cigarettes.


Climate change is when the price of food goes way up but agricultural workers’ pay doesn’t. It’s going to take more work to grow the same amount of food because the crops are going to fail more and more often.

Just ask the people fleeing from Guatemala, from Syria, from sub-Saharan Africa. People are trying to get across the Mediterranean Sea in bad boats and they are dying. It’s because farming doesn’t work any more.

So, if you want a world where 5 billion people aren’t trying to get into the remaining more-or-less arable parts of the world, and manufacturers get to exploit these desperate migrants (and you too by inference if your job isn’t supersafe) to the hilt, maybe a real climate policy is what counts for you.

“Call me when you’re ready to be real” - Cage the Elephant. A real climate policy stops the Arctic meltdown. A climate policy with a giant hole yells “LA LA I CAN"T HEAR YOU” when the Arctic meltdown is mentioned. Guess which one you’re about to get! I peeked!

Next, a real climate policy tries to maximize carbon sequestration on most of the planet’s acreage. Even scrub land can help sequester more than it does now. So can forest land and marsh land. So read the print! If your party is giving you an embarassing Green New Doom, you have a beef with them. Sorry, but the coronavirus pandemic should have taught our government that reality actually counts for something.


Stevie G. Z"L May you truly be playing with the Angels now
dearest most loyal Cubbie til the end of this campaign…

Not so fast, if you think Rational Minds is the answer to questions of how one juggles the evolutionary possibility of a single species, humans, with the homeostasis of an entire planetary eco-system. God’s intent ain’t something we’re privy to regardless of what Calvin or his Church reformers spiel’d in their indoctri-Nation. Though there was plenty of non-theological good sense in their conceptions of a Protestant Work Ethic that kept capital productive instead of idle and hoarded off-shore.

Anyhoow, these lessons ain’t so easy to learn when one is trying to reason with the Food Chain of Life or trying to reason with the hurricane season (apologies to early and sharp pre-franchised Jimmy Buffett, definitely the wiser and more melodic of the prominent Business section Buffets. Warren B. don’t sing, swing or groove…).

Mitch Ritter\Paradigm Sifters, Code Shifters and Song Chasers
Lay-Low Studios, Ore-Wa
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Only in a capitalist system! Socialists, Eco-Socialists made the connections long ago but capitalists are blinded by the need to make a monetary profit at the expense of everyone and everything else.

Frankly, it does get tiresome trying to appeal to the dense of heart and mind. Life is the whole, that all lives should be obvious and we need to learn to live it fully.


Linking is what needs to be done by ALL HUMAN BEINGS and society after the divide and conquer consequences institutionalized by “externalized costs”. This is the settler colonialism legacy massaged/ messaged into a frigging CULT !! - at present led the minichin, I mean manuchin (sp?)

I will beat this drum for the rest of my days if necessary.

Educate the public. Start with the ACTUAL cost of say … a big mac.

or … yuppers … its even on wikipedia


search the term until you find an example that resonates and spread it far and wide!!


I see this “whole juggernut” as the absurd, yes absurd and deadly, notion of separateness. It makes everything else you list possible. Hence, the apparent differences are exploited to justify profiting from others labor and unequal power structures.


Pioneering feminists I’ve lost myself in, especially Wollstonecraft and Cady Stanton, impart a powerful womanly emphasis to their vision of liberation, to do battle with hierarchical thinking. Especially when the subject turns to children, the pioneers bring an un-separate orientation more radical than most modern-day feminist thought. Can you imagine considering children to be human beings, with rights of their own? Prioritizing healthy children above all else? Wollstonecraft and Cady Stanton could.

Othering and hierarchy begin at home, and always have. The first, most tragic mistake in Western consciousness is where the man brutally lords it over the woman. Deepest in history, and deepest in consciousness. Of particular concern to the pioneers was how hierarchic doctrine hobbles the souls of men. Inequality starts with establishing a miserable home environment for everyone.

To me misogyny is the single cornerstone of oppression, preceding even white-supremacy. Sister Angela (on Democracy Now! yesterday) perfectly encapsulated the social pathogen as “capitalism, white-supremacy, and hetero-patriacy.” It’s a package deal.


The other critical need is to couple rationality with the emotion of love.. Simply put: We have to care and care deeply.


Good point which I would extend to beginning within the actual individual. Can’t go more “home” than within. As a woman and raised in a culture that does de-value women, I was fortunate, even if short-lived (I was 5 years old when my mother died), to have recollections of a very strong woman as my mother who did not let my father (southern Italian man) bully her. I emulated her.

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