Jag saxar ur en bra artikel av George Monbiot, The Guardian 25/6.
End of an Era
So now what do we do to defend life on Earth?
It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since
the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the
leaders of some of the most powerful nations – the US, the UK, Germany,
Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up and discuss it. Those who
did attend the Earth summit last week solemnly agreed to keep stoking
the destructive fires: sixteen times in their text they pledged to
pursue “sustained growth”, the primary cause of the biosphere’s
The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the
living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is
destroying it. Whenever consumer capitalism becomes snarled up by its
own contradictions, governments scramble to mend the machine, to ensure –
though it consumes the conditions that sustain our lives – that it runs
faster than ever before.
The thought that it might be the wrong machine, pursuing the wrong
task, cannot even be voiced in mainstream politics. The machine greatly
enriches the economic elite, while insulating the political elite from
the mass movements it might otherwise confront. We have our bread; now
we are wandering, in spellbound reverie, among the circuses.
We have used our unprecedented freedoms, secured at such cost by our
forebears, not to agitate for justice, for redistribution, for the
defence of our common interests, but to pursue the dopamine hits
triggered by the purchase of products we do not need. The world’s most
inventive minds are deployed not to improve the lot of humankind but to
devise ever more effective means of stimulation, to counteract the
diminishing satisfactions of consumption. The mutual dependencies of
consumer capitalism ensure that we all unwittingly conspire in the
trashing of what may be the only living planet. The failure at Rio de
Janeiro belongs to us all.
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