This find is from Lonewolf, another “dot” warning oft repeated here:
Far from saving us from catastrophe, the market is developing fortresses to shield the haves from the victims of the future.
Bush wants to leave our climate crisis to the ingenuity of the market. Well, the market has spoken: it will not take us off this disastrous course. In fact, the smart money is betting that we will stay on it. Forget the Green Technology – The Hot Money Is In Guns
If capitalistic enterprises and expansion created the problems (the human side), which caters to power and money, how can uncreating these problems be dealt with by the “free market”?
Naomi Kein is correct – it will not take us off this disastrous course. We’re here to stay, right until it all falls apart, because a profit-motivated market cannot effectively respond any other way.
They certainly won’t be cutting their own throats, now will they? Proponents that claim we can “fix” our problems by throwing money and technology at them are miracles-worshipers, hoping for something that has never happened in human history. Both components created the problems, both are fundamental to the problems, and both will accelerate the problems, effectively worsening our overall condition.
This is because it all revolves around the basic units of demand (continued consumption of resources) at a profit, versus preservation of resources without profits. In other words, the same old paradigm is at work, ie., “business as usual” despite the green glitter and marketing hype.
The free market “answer” to climate change will be a global disaster. Period. There is zero possibility of any other outcome.
There is a reason former civilizations that were not based upon money did relatively little damage to their environments. We must also remember that is exactly what we inherited (stole) and why it was still there when we arrived and setup our “merchant” accounts.
The environment ought not be “on sale”. The environment is what sustains all of us and needs to be off-limits as much as possible to capitalistic enterprises. We need to completely rethink the paradigm that claims we “own” the planet and that we can “fix” our past and present mistakes by continuing with this faulty “ownership” paradigm.
The planet doesn’t “need” our help. What it needs, what anybody can see and realize is that it needs to be left alone. The Earth can heal itself far better then anything we could ever hope to do. It is human activity that needs to be curtailed, not expanded by creating more “markets”. This is the only answer that will work.
So there you have it – more proof that collapse is inevitable and we really are, “on our own”. Someday soon, simple common sense like this and simple words will be deemed “illegal” by our owners, who will still be insisting that they alone know the answers that are best for all of us.
I just read the other day where Moveon.org was called “American insurgents” for their stance in demanding the war in Iraq be stopped. Well, sign me up, because I’m an “insurgent” who believes that the juggernaut of civilization need to stop.