While comedian and television host James Corden described the clip as "brilliant" when it first surfaced earlier this month, the salient message from author and activist George Monbiot about the need to radically upend and intensify the response to the climate crisis remains central to those around the world who have long recognized how the rapacious drive of capitalism has been a key accelerator of human-caused global war
The intensity of parasitism of capitalism has been felt by those closest to the earth since 1400ś.
It alternates between superficial catch-phrase conceptual assimilation from institutions such as “royalty” and “religion” to squelch any between the blade and wastrel treatment of “resources”. And if that doesn’t work, history proves it resorting to ,lies, deceit, ecocide and genocide.
The game today is to claim that trade - a human activity from the dawn of human activity cannot be any form aside from its constantly twisted false narratives of manipulation. Prime example being Betsy DeVos doing her damndest to flush education down a charter toilet.
The delusional is the result of denial as THE essential component of capitalism. Problem is, the voids, the empty sets, like the null set in math, are also discovered in the thinking and the rhetoric, the taking and the excuses, the ‘disappearing’ from concepts, from funding, from inclusion to exclusion … until you see what we have today: rabidly clawing hissing brutish twits unable to even recognize that they have “externalized” so much of reality that they are quite simply… devoid of sufficient contact with realities of the legacy of their consequences, much less how oblivious they are to the obviousness of their ineptitude.
Keep up the good fight
I always thought a blend of capitalism and socialism would work best, in other words highly regulated corporations where pollution is controlled, wages and pensions are good, the CEO has a salary cap of, say, 200 grand, and the rich have to pay the highest percentage of tax. That way, everyone except the greedy will be happy. Also needed: kick religion out of politics, cap the pentagon budget to a reasonable level, and phase out fossil fuels quickly. Dream on you say. I say anything is possible.
All or nothing?
Let the public decide what they want, when they want it, what part of it they want and for how long.
Now they’re talking!!!
Wow my God I am so elated to see this statement finally being printed w/o being ridiculed or feared. Capitalism is the disease that has been killing us all for centuries. This planet is not meant for a capitalist system. We are not the enemies of nature we are nature and nature is us. I agree that we have to resort to the most drastic measures to stop capitalism.
Awesome, eloquently put, to the point.
Even the Billionaires know it - and they are afraid…of the rest of us
US billionaires know capitalism is broken — and now they’re worried about a revolution
Revolution is right. We damn well tried in the 60’s and 70’s. At least a good part of us did. But there’s that countering force that just does not want to give it up and/or is too uninformed or too fearful to try.
Maybe now, on cliff’s edge the lemmings will halt. Just maybe.
Barton, I do not subscribe to that line of thinking. While it seems to be a mature and intellectual line of thought, it ignores the following:
- Capitalism serves capital and those who have it.
- Socialism serves mankind and the planet.
Under Capitalism, the production of products and services is for profit. If providing a product or service does not generate a profit, the production of that product or service is terminated.
A perfect example of this world hunger and starvation. Globally there is more than enough food produced to feed everyone well. However, since transporting and storing that food is unprofitable, the ample supply – and excess supply – is discarded instead, Furthermore, another primary reason that many go hungry and starve in poverty-stricken areas of the world is that the people do not have the money to buy the food. Obviously, this doesn’t bode well for an economic system completely founded on profit. As a side note, 40% of food goes to waste in the Western developed world.
Under (Marxist) Socialism the production of products and services is for the sole purpose of meeting the needs of humanity. Profit doesn’t even exist as a socialist society is a moneyless society in which all people have free access to any product or service based on the person’s own self-defined needs.
As one can well determine, Capitalism and (real) Socialism cannot co-exist. There isn’t any common ground in which to share as the principles and ideals are in complete conflict with each other.
I don’t care if the “system” is capitalist, socialist, libertarian, anarchist, communist, a democracy, a republic, etc.; if it is supportive of industrial civilization, human supremacy, and expanding and maintaining the welfare of the human species and our growing population numbers, it’s gotta go. Either we do it (doubtful) or nature does (most likely).
We need a hybrid system where we use great ideas that work from all the isms without fear or prejudice. But the idea of personal property goes against nature. We all die and take nothing with us so why own anything. Let it be and let it live, just enjoyed life and share everything freely except your beloved opposite sex off course unless she or he wills it.
I was about to write exactly what you propose. I would only add an infomercial be created that promoted the idea of more social projects in the blend of socialism and continued capitalism.
The outcome of completely ditching capitalism would be economic warfare.
You should tell this to the DSA…
We already have “economic warfare.” The rule by the 1%.
This is an uninformed and reactionary post. Capitalism and slavery are quite compatible - “we” did it for a couple hundred years at least. Capitalism concentrates power among the few. Democracy disperses power among the many. They are mutually exclusive. Capitalism and “industrial civilization” co-evolved. Industry applied in a democratic and sustainable way would look very different.
Thus the term “Democratic Socialist”.
I hate to be the one to tell you this but the DSA, Sanders and AOC agenda is Capitalism all the way to the bank.
If an agenda does not call for the abolishment of Capitalism, call for the means of the production of products and services to be owned and managed by the workers and other working class members of the community, and that the ALL production of products and services be used to meet the needs of the people instead of for profit… it’s not Socialism. It’s nothing more than a call to reform Capitalism.
On the surface Democratic Socialism or social democracy appears as a compromise between capitalism and socialism. However, as it doesn’t limit capitalist power/wealth, it is really compromising socialism. It is a deception. Socialism, the real thing, means that workers control the means of production and decide - democratically - what to produce and how to produce it. Sanders, let alone the DSA, offers nothing like that. Real socialism is not only NOT pie-in-the-sky, it is an absolute necessity if we are to overcome a climate catastrophe, nuclear war, constant warfare and inequality.