“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”John Maynard Keynes
Ever since I first learned about the ideas of “global warming” and “climate change” in school, I quickly came to regard anyone who didn’t agree with this “scientific consensus” as uneducated, insincere (having conflicting financial interests, etc.), or simply crazy.
Yet today, some of the people I know and respect most, are vehemently skeptical of the “climate change” paradigm.
Perhaps, these “climate change deniers” suspect that the mainstream “climate change” narrative, implicitly places anxiety and blame on the public, for what is, in reality, a structural root problem: the fact that there is a financial incentive to exploit the natural world for profit.
It is hard to miss the irony in the idea of fighting “climate change” by raising taxes (in other words, raising revenues) that flow to the governments that have been responsible (though hardly held accountable) for taking effective measures to reduce our abuse of the earth.
Although it is quite clear that most ordinary people who identify with stopping “climate change” generally have wonderful intentions; I struggle with the simplicity of the “climate change” narrative. It is perfectly divisive, yet always light on meaningful solutions that cut to the root of the cause.
Who is to blame for this? Certainly not the average person. Nor is it the person who calls “bullshit” on what they fairly might perceive as the fear-inciting, divisive political agenda of climate change; based upon the decades of “green politics” talk that has never amounted to anything that actually improved the mainstream narrative of doom and gloom. This, perhaps, despite the massive amount of money in technology, and the hype about humanity’s supposed quantum leaps in our ability to solve environmental problems with advanced next-generation-after next-generation solutions.
The blame falls upon the small group of people, across modern history, who, using physical domination and power, designed, built, implemented and have run the global capitalist economy.
We often fail to realize, that the acceptance of the profit motive – let alone its celebration – is a relatively new concept in terms of history.
It may strike us as odd that the idea of gain is a relatively modern one; we are schooled to believe that man is essentially an acquisitive creature and that left to himself he will behave as any self-respecting businessman would. The profit motive, we are constantly being told, is as old as man himself.
But it is not. The profit motive as we know it is only as old as “modern man.” Even today the notion of gain for gain’s sake is foreign to a large portion of the world’s population, and it has been conspicuous by its absence over most of recorded history.From The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L. Heilbroner
It’s hard to believe that these kings and generals and presidents and bankers, were completely unaware that the modern financial system places zero value upon stewardship of the earth.
“Brains are wealth and wealth is the chief aim of man.”U.S President Calvin Coolidge
Indeed, it is hard to argue with the notion that it is the capitalist system itself, that is the single greatest cause, and continued enabler, of environmental and social exploitation.
Anyone who challenges the canon of climate change, is roundly branded anti-science, stupid, or dangerous – perhaps even deserving censorship.
I have respect for everyone who genuinely desires truth and aims to live life with love, compassion and gratitude.
This is not about right-versus-wrong; it is about taking responsibility, and objectively examining the simplified ideological identities that we think give us meaning and fulfillment.
Modern “climate change” issue, has become a polarizing political dichotomy obscuring the complex and critical issue of environmental well-being.
Let’s just decide that no one is stupid, or worth blaming; and decide to create a new (way of looking at the) system, that will incentivize environmental stewardship and ecological harmony.
Note : We at C.C are unequivocal in our belief that it is our duty as human beings, to take responsibility for and protect the magical nature of earth; the plane(t) upon which we came into and are living this existence. Our goal is to seek the truth as a means of liberation and source of sovereignty and compassion.