Thus it has become my adopted position that in order to limit suffering of all sentient life we must form a cogent movement and unseat the controlling entities and their falsehoods we have lived by for too long – and finally treat our illness instead of its symptoms. Jason Holland
The problem we really have is though Holland’s analysis is correct, on several counts, it is wildly optimistic on the most critical point: that there is a solution and time to enact it.
The movement against climate change currently mobilized is largely being run (or actively coopted) by large NGOs (like AVAAZ and 350.org) who are not recruiting on the basis we must stop the economic engine that is eating the world. They are recruiting to end fossil fuel use and replace it with “clean energy.” In fact, they basically agree with the more enlightened elites, that we just need to “switch to renewables” and grow our global economy “greenly”…
Does this remotely sound feasible, even if we had 100s of years to do it?
To make matters worse, we may be completely out of time:
Opinions vary so widely about whether we should bunch up in cities, return to mass ruralisation, try to maintain civilisation or rewild ourselves, reform agriculture or replace it with permaculture, develop animal intensive agro-ecology or go vegan and end the domestication of animals, depend on herbivores to restore prairie soils…and on and on…Many, who have really examined the numbers and the history, believe humans as a species are simply not viable. Who knows? I argue only Gaia knows, or, in any case, Gaia will decide.
“It’s the same ole alpha competitive predatory system which preys on the weakest to feed the strongest. Social hierarchies and people pretending to be more exceptional than others is a busted stupid system. After all our claims of sophistication and technological progress we are living under the most asinine social system imaginable. The central philosophy is quite simple: Might makes right.
Which really leaves us with anarchism, mutual aid and self-organising to the best of our abilities. The problems are systemic, global in scope and have no clear solution. The solutions available are local in scope and scale and utterly inadequate to the concatenation of crises we are facing. The “solution space” is small, the problems enormous, and well beyond our capacity to fully comprehend, let alone to manage.