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  1. Mr. Jan Hearthstone December 12, 2013 at 9:36 am |

    We all have different ideas about how our catastrophic situation could/should be remedied. But since all those ideas are different, we never see any improvements in our situation, rather the opposite, because we all follow a different drummer, working towards different objectives, frequently against each other’s interests …
    In order to “save the Earth”, we first ought to come to an agreement as to what the ideal state of Earth should be. This would save a tremendous amount of time, resources, and lives.
    More at http://www.ModelEarth.Org .

    Thank you, Hearthstone.

  2. Dr. Moti Nissani December 12, 2013 at 12:19 am |

    Thanks for an elegant summary of our predicament. I’d like to add four points:

    First, climate change is merely the tip of the iceberg. We’re facing a multiplicity of threats, some already known, some will emerge by and by. This reinforces the author’s warning: Either we change–or die. I taught environmental biology for 20 years, and, given the multiplicity of threats, wouldn’t give humanity more than 200 years, at the most (absent a revolution).

    Second, the system we have is not capitalism. You might call it oligarchy, or fascism, or plutocracy, but not capitalism. So, although it’s true that capitalism is bad enough, the system we have is far worse.

    Third, it’s not only extinction, but also perpetual wars, growing inequality, and diminishing freedoms. It’s worse than 1984 or Brave New World–Orwell and Huxley were not yet aware of humanity’s path towards extinction.

    Fourth, what can be done? The bankers control everything, and traditional struggles of any kind will lead nowhere. There is one, and only one, ugly and unpalatable, path left to us. This strategy is described in the last two sections of this article: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/09/13/give-me-logic-or-give-me-terror-last-part-of-a-birds-eye-view-of-contrived-terror/

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