Question What would you think of a government which allows its own people to die? I’m asking as friend. Judgement “A government which allows its own people to die?” You ponder for a moment. “I’m not exactly sure… They’d be negligent, wouldn’t they? And immoral? And definitely dangerous!” It looks to me as if we’re thinking along the same lines… Negligent, yes. Immoral, definitely. And dangerous… Yes,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
1: Chaos Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be immersed in a perfect storm? Nothing would be predictable from one moment to the next – except for your probable eventual destruction. Chaos all around you… Noise and confusion buffeting you from every side. Solid ground? Even its memory would begin to recede. As a species and a civilisation, that’s where we are now. Our beautiful planet