Climate Apocalypse Alarmist
- Sep 20, 2018
- SL Rez
It's not a scandal. It's business as usual. Some of us are looking for the opposite of business as usual.
And that's exactly the attitude that got us Trump. Different side, same disaffection.
The danger of working within the system to effect change is that progress is slow and sometimes the system beats you down. But working from outside the system has it's own risks too. Jimmy Carter learned that all too well. Outsiders have a way of being blocked and rendered ineffective by the system, then removed. Or the Outsider turns out to be a rogue lunatic like Trump, who is effective in all the wrong ways. He's dismantled the very best parts of our "business as usual" government and left the corruption not only intact, but enhanced.
The only way to get rid of the very entrenched status quo, to decisively root out capitalism's stranglehold on our democracy, is through revolution or collapse. Both lead to exceptionally unpleasant conditions for everyone involved, whether your head ends up on the guillotine or not. One or the other of these outcomes is probably inevitable, given the train wreck up ahead (climate change emergencies, resource depletion, famine, refugees, plagues). Some other system will eventually arise from the rubble, but there is no guarantee it will be any better, and human history points to it being a hell of a lot worse.
You say you want change. Be careful what you wish for.