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  •  Thanks for this piece Northsylvania! (8+ / 0-)

    It is an interesting debate, but do I think that this is an issue that can be solved by individual actions, it takes a movement and social responsibility. One of the biggest problems is that power and control our not in the hands of the majority, but rather in the hands of very few. Even still, if we make things very expensive for them, we can put pressure on them. That will not happen under who is in power in Britain or for that matter in the US, profits are far more important to those that are ruling us than the needs of the people and the planet that is sustaining us. The system and the ruling class are doing untold damage and the majority have little power and also low political and environmental consciousness which doesn't help to build a mass struggle.

    The primary thing I think is that there is no such thing as green capitalism, that is a lie and completely inconsistent with the laws of motion and raison d'etre of the capitalist economic system. We need to debunk that lie; capitalism is destroying the planet, uncontrolled consumerism upon which it relies for economic growth and profit realisation plays a strong role in the damage to the planet. But the largest role is caused by the destruction of the ecology of the planet to get cheaper and plentiful raw materials that are used in production, the complete refusal to shift towards sustainable energy and transport systems that are less damaging, the waste of energy and clean water, privatisation rather than socialisation of essential energy, water and transport and food production for profitability rather than  ensuring food sovereignty. The problem is complex, but if we do not fight, what will happen? The situation will continue to erode the planet (it already may be beyond repair), there is no way that consciousness will be raised among the majority and that means that future generations will be robbed of their inheritance and birthright (the planet) ...

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun May 18, 2014 at 03:38:13 PM PDT

    •  I suspect you and Naomi (1+ / 0-)
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      are both right. Both of you, and Monbiot as well, are fighters by nature.
      I do think Kingsnorth's approach might strike a chord with people who are in too much denial to engage in traditional activism. Quite a few of my fellow art profs at TCU deserve a copy. I believe that once a problem is identified correctly, and culpability admitted to, action is much easier.

      "The 'Middle' is a crowded place - that is where the effective power is - the extreme right and left might annoy governments, but the middle terrifies them." Johnny Linehan

      by northsylvania on Sun May 18, 2014 at 11:21:35 PM PDT

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