My Late 'Earth Day' Message
Our System of Consumption and Class Competition
Environmental awareness, while a paramount point of concern, cannot be addressed without addressing the system that drives the incessant consumption that is raping our biosphere. Likewise hunger, while a nagging reality, cannot be curbed without addressing the economic system that ravages the earth's natural resources, and produces scarcity where there would otherwise be plenty. Yet again the constant threat of war; whether it be in the middle east, the pacific islands, or elsewhere, while it must needs be addressed, could hardly be, without addressing a political system that pushes its boundaries of consumption outward, and gives birth to a global problem we call imperialism. Imperialism then extends welcome to colonialism, which should certainly be addressed; However not before addressing the system which fetishizes the classism which perpetuates it. The system to which I refer, of course, is capitalism.
Multitudes of falsehoods have abounded with regard to socialism; most of which involve "totalitarianism". Not that 1% of the population pulling the nation's economic strings qualifies as totalitarianism to these people, but that the government being involved whether or not they're permitted to play baseball and eat hot dogs in the name of "Merika" is all that counts. While traditionalists hurl the term "redistribution" as though millions of worthless unemployed bums are requesting a free lifestyle, this has already taken place, and socialists wish to undo it. There is already a massive redistribution of wealth from the working class to those who, by comparison, hardly work. Who stands to profit from the implementation of socialism? Those who work, or those who do not?
"It's Now Or Never"
97% of independent climatologists agree that the earth's climate is undergoing fundamental changes, including global warming effects. Almost as many agree likewise that if we do not cut carbon emissions by 80% within the next 30 years, mankind may not be able to adapt... While this unparalleled and unprecedented challenge lies before us, industry continues as never before, and the Trump administration continues to target environmental organizations and regulations put in place for the protection of the biosphere. With a strategic look at this chain of political events, and its tragic ramifications at the global level, our cyclical patterns of labor exploitation and fetishized consumption must be replaced with a system built around the advancement of society at large before we, in some grand act of ultimate ignorance, systematically destroy the web of life that we as human beings require for survival.
How exponentially perturbing it is that while humanity is confronted with the daunting goal of reducing CO2 emissions 80% by 2050, the incoming (and prayerfully outgoing) administration is decidedly unwavering in its resolve to remove the already sparse protections afforded it by the previous administration; Furthermore, it should not be so mentally arduous to comprehend that these measures will accelerate the already rapidly precipitating effects of environmental degradation, while simultaneously excoriating any semblance of egalitarianism within our self-poisoning system. Capitalism must be destroyed; For the benefit of humanity, the health of society, and the preservation of our precious and delicate biosphere.