Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: December 4, 2017

Year of Publication: 2017

Publication City: Corvallis, OR

Publisher: Post Carbon Institute

Author(s): Richard Smith

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Richard Smith makes an argument for ecosocialism as the only alternative if we wish to avoid market-driven ecological collapse. Read the full article here.

Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

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  • Arnold Byron

    Yes, Richard Smith, you are absolutely correct: with regard to economic considerations, capitalism should diminish and socialism increase. Doing so will protect and maintain the stability of the economic system. Capitalists hoard money unto themselves. Socialists return money back into the economy; allowing people to live better lives and to pay taxes that will be returned to the economy allowing people to live better lives, etc. etc. But the way that the problems to which Mr. Smith alludes will be solved will be done by an autocratic government that is put into place democratically.

    This sounds like a riddle within a riddle; but it is the plan that I have put forward in chapter twelve of a book I have written. NAHB has been gracious enough as to have let me post chapter twelve on this blog. It was posted about six to eight weeks ago so you will have to go into the archives to find it. The title of that blog article is the same as the title of chapter 12, “A Plan for the Nations”. If you look it up you will see how I think we need to proceed in healing the planet.

    Humanity has divided itself into nations. The nations are the political entities that have the rights, the responsibility and the authority to take action to heal the planet. I suggest that the people arouse the nations to act together to set up a special, temporary world governing body and give it all the authority it will need to heal the planet. The nations will act democratically as they write all of the treaties and set forth all of the rules by which the temporary governing body must abide. The nations will have to give up some sovereignty to the temporary government, but the nations will have power and will be able to end the temporary government whenever they deem necessary.

    The temporary government will not be democratic as we know democracy. All of the nations and all of the people who are working on planetary problems are all going willy-nilly, striking off in different directions, and are being counter-productive. Nothing will get done unless there is an entity of some kind who has the authority to be the boss. We need a boss who drives everyone in the right direction, puts solutions on the table, sees the solutions to their fruition and has no other agenda than to end global warming and heal the planet.

    I would suggest that the agenda that this temporary government engages will be:
    1. to reduce the population in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe, humane and fair manner;
    2. to build an infrastructure of solar panels and windmills to provide electricity to end the use of fossil fuel for our energy needs;
    3. to build an infrastructure of geoengineering appliances such as the sponge that will absorb carbon dioxide directly from the air allowing the carbon dioxide to be sequestered;
    4. to build an infrastructure of mini refineries—to use the process of depolymerization to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it while at the same time we generate electricity and provide petroleum product from non-fossil fuel sources, such as household garbage and agricultural waste—that will be needed as we transition away from fossil fuel.
    5. and to decommission and dismantle everything on Earth that is nuclear.

    The above agenda seems fantastic, but it is doable. If the nations can all be gotten on the same page fantastic things can happen. Particulars on the above agenda items can be found in my book, but, first, take the time to find the blog article entitled A Plan for the Nations to see how I have set up the temporary world government. I am convinced that humanity will not be able to solve the problems of overpopulation, global warming and nuclear overreach unless we set up a single world authority to create the work and to force us all to do the work.