Contents Latest Threats Report

Anthropocene

Barriers to Confronting
a Warming Planet

The Blank Slate

Towards a 21st Century
Moral Compass

Vulnerability & Violence

Wars & Rumours of Wars

Our attitude towards wealth played a crucial role in Brexit.
We need a rethink

... we are in perilous times. Our planet and the human race face multiple challenges. These challenges are global and serious climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans.

Such pressing issues will require us to collaborate, all of us, with a shared vision and cooperative endeavour to ensure that humanity can survive. We will need to adapt, rethink, refocus and change some of our fundamental assumptions about what we mean by wealth, by possessions, by mine and yours.

Just like children, we will have to learn to share ...     Gdn  29 July 2016

Stephen Hawking needs other people for his survival in ways which most of us do not.

The present neoliberal-global anarchy is predicated on two nostrums:

"Greed is good, greed works" and "There's no such thing as society"

It is specifically a denial of altruism, which is to be regarded as a sign of weakness, as Ayn Rand confirmed.

It's social Darwinist: the weak must be allowed to go to the wall since the welfare bill is now deemed 'completely unsustainable'.

Let no one be in any doubt as to that reality: the new global order - born when the USA launched the Pinochet revolution in Santiago on 9.11.73 - is evil in exactly the same way as National Socialism: both are founded on the logic of Darwinism, as propagated not by Charles Darwin but by Herbert Spencer, who originated the term 'survival of the fittest', the nostrum underlying both Nazism and Neoliberalism.

In pre-responding to Stephen Hawking's 'global' challenges, ex-Bullingdon Club member and former Chancellor, George Osborne, dubbed anyone concerned about climate change as members of the 'green taliban' a reference to the Moslem fundamentalists struggling to take over Afghanistan.

In challenging the dystopic individualism which underpins the current global economy - which finds terms like 'collaboration' and 'sharing' anathema - Stephen Hawking may be assuming widespread support.

This is an assumption which may not stand up to examination since, (i) the corporate media - dominated by the likes of Rupert Murdoch - provides a 21st century version of the Roman emperors' bread and circuses; and (ii) the global economy is based on growth and, to that end, could not function without both aviation and shipping, neither of which were targetted in the final agreement ending Cop21.

Furthermore, the corporate obsession with the so-called 'carbon capture and storage' method of combatting the CO2 build-up, is little more than a get-out-of-jail-free card for the coal industry.

The current evidence suggests that no one with power - political or economic - is 'on message' with the need to control carbon emissions, and that the only person who has spotted the Spencerist line-of travel is Richard Heinberg.

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