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Mind Plague 4: The Socrates Bomb

In the early decades of the 21st Century humanity faces a pandemic of lies, jeopardising the fabric of our society and the environment on which we depend. Dangerous Globe is featuring a series of ‘short conversations’ by Luke Andreski, looking at the weapons we need if we are to overcome our disinformation pandemic. Having looked at weapons of defence, Luke now turns his attention to weapons of attack.   Shrapnel
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Mind Plague 3: The wall of truth

In the early decades of the 21st Century humanity faces a pandemic of lies, jeopardising both the fabric of our society and the viability of the biological world. This series of ‘short conversations’ by Luke Andreski discusses the weapons we need if we are to overcome our disinformation pandemic – weapons initially of resistance and then of attack.   A trip to Mars We were talking about survival. Individual survival
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Mind Plague 2: Everyone needs a shield of values

In the early decades of the 21st Century human society is faced with a mind plague – a pandemic of disinformation and lies which jeopardises our civilisation and the biological world. This series of short conversations by Luke Andreski discusses the weapons we need if we are to resist this plague: weapons of resistance and attack. The following article, which begins the series, considers the first of our two weapons
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Mind Plague 1: The 21st Century Lies Pandemic

Greed is good These human-made phenomena combine to broadcast and support a socially divisive and eco-catastrophic narrative: the chosen world-view of state elites and the hyper-acquisitive 0.1%. I’ve described this narrative, not entirely hyperbolically, as a mind plague: malign, viral ideas which are causing us all harm. Ideas like these: – We’re competitive by nature; evolution designed us that way, so that’s how we should behave – The economy self-balances…
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A short conversation about violence

1: A crap idea “Violence,” you say, “is the last refuge of the incompetent.” I can only agree. It’s a great saying. Whose is it? “Isaac Asimov, I  think. I’m not sure.” The science fiction writer? “Yes.” I love the guy.1 He said a lot of great stuff. Have spacesuit. Will travel. “No, that was Heinlein.” Ah. Right-wing libertarian Heinlein. I loved a lot of his stuff, too.2 Starship Troopers. Stranger In A
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A short conversation about how to rebel

A short conversation about how to rebel 1: Strange times We are living in strange times. What’s a person to make of today’s world? Climate change. Pandemics. Economic recession. Populism. Nationalism. Argument. Division. A sense of imminent doom. When did it all begin to go so wrong? Governments are untrustworthy, negligent, corrupt. The media lies1. Corporations and big business draw ever closer to their ideal: profit at whatever cost. People and
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A short conversation about the economy

1: Enemy Let’s talk about the economy. You agree: “A logical next step.” Would you mind if I’m blunt? “Fire away.” It’s shit. “The economy?” Yes. “Well, that is blunt.” You ponder for a moment, then ask, “Is this another of your enemies?” The economy? “Yes.” An enemy to humanity and the biological world? “Yes.” I hope, by the time this conversation is complete, you’ll tell me.   2: Taking the good
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A short conversation about corporations

1: World killers Let’s talk about corporations. “Corporations?” I can see you’re dubious. “Aren’t corporations a little dull?” Dull? I wish it were so.   Corporations are our enemies. They’re enemies of humanity. They’re enormously dangerous – and they’re killing our world. What could possibly be dull about that?   “Well, ok, but aren’t you now being a little extreme?” Dull? Extreme? Which is it? Let’s keep talking. Let’s see
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A short conversation about why we should be scared

1: Ringing the alarm The environment. Hm. Let’s not get alarmist.   2: Soil So… humanity’s likely to run out of soil within 40 to 60 years1. Well, that could get pretty grim, I imagine. Starving children. Desperate families. Mass migrations. Not a pretty picture. Have you seen the film The Road2?   3: Water Water is also an issue. Changing weather patterns – driven by global warming – will
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A short conversation about how we got into this political sh*tfest

1: Where it went wrong “So,” you ask me, “how did it all turn to shit?” What, precisely? “This! This world of ours!” I nod sagely, as if I’ve a clue what you’re asking. Luckily you barely pause for breath. “What happened to our dreams of caring for one another, of making this world fairer and kinder for everyone? What happened to our hopes for a brighter, better future?” Ah.