A Cycle I Can’t Seem to Break

To solve climate collapse we need new laws and policies. To have new laws and policies we need new law and policymakers. To have new law and policymakers we need voters to choose different politicians. For voters to choose different politicians we need to change the way voters consume and exchange information. To change the way voters consume and exchange information we need new laws and policies. To have new laws and policies we need new law and policymakers. To have new law and policymakers we need voters to choose different politicians. For voters to choose different politicians we need to change the way voters consume and exchange information. To change the way voters consume and exchange information we need to change the economic logic of behaviour-modification capitalism. To change the economic logic of behaviour-modification capitalism we need new laws and policies. And the cycle continues..

 

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  1. Did it ever occur to you that there might be an alternative to the authoritarian structure (neo-liberal “democracy”) that you so rightly describe as being stuck in a loop? As you so correctly point out, the hierarchical, top-down model doesn’t work. And so what’s left? Fascism? Please. Marxism-Leninism? Again, please. Both are even more authoritarian than the current neo-liberal excuse for democracy. We’ve seen, over and over, the results of these systems. Just as we’ve seen, over and over, the results of neo-liberalism. The only thing that’s left is anarchist/libertarian-socialist approaches featuring mutual aid and direct democracy. Everything has failed horribly. Why not try it?

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  2. I think you might be over-estimating (1) the degree to which we understand and can control large-scale events such as climate change, and (2) the degree to which political systems can affect such things.

    You might be under-estimating the degree to which human nature controls social and poltiical outcomes. Labels such as capitalism, socialism, and libertarianism are just that: labels that we apply to whatever we’ve got in order to justify it. The only item in your list that seems real is anarchy, which is the default state of human groups (and lower animals) unless some more centralized authority replaces it.

    What I think you get right is that we need ideals toward which to work. But our ability to achieve such ideals depends as much on luck as it does on anything we do. Israeli political scientist Martin Van Creveld recently made some relevant observations:

    http://www.martin-van-creveld.com/the-reign-of-uncertainty/

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  3. “there is no political solution to our troubled evolution.” –sting, ‘spirits in a material world’ it’s a good thing people have chosen not to believe that it’s possible for people to see into the future. i know that if given the choice, i wouldn’t.

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