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Both capitalism (as it is now) and the extraction/ burning of fossil fuels are unsustainable. Constant pressure to grow economically is unsustainable. A fulfilling life is not the product of GDP. Constant production of waste, be it carbon, plastic or many of the other by-products of capitalism is unsustainable. It's not a question of whether capitalism is good or bad, but rather the thinking and where it has lead us has outlived its ability to provide for life on this planet and the planet itself. I realize the narative is that capitalism has provided nothing but positives, but I suspect the billions living under food scarcity would question this. The millions that have had their way of life disrupted for the benefit of a few would challenge this. The citizens of this country that have had their waterways, soil and air destroyed would doubt this assumption. I have faith that humanity can sustain life rather than destroy it. Call me naive, but that is what I believe. Specie and planetary suicide does not have to be the foredained conclusion, but unless profound change to our approach to life happens , it seems inevitable.
Mark asks how will the liberals afford more expensive energy now that they have spent all the money on social engineering? The answer is easy. The same way the conservatives will afford geo engineering after spending all the money on war, military engineering and subsidies to the extraction industry. They won't. May I suggest Naomi Klein's " This Changes Everything". You may not like what she has to say, but it does give the progressive's answer to your questions. It's not that conservatives deny human impact on the climate as much as they don't like the solutions. If we resolve the energy/climate issues and find out it is a hoax, we will have wasted all that time and resources on creating a cleaner and more sustainable planet. Who would want that? We have the technology and the ingenuity to change our energy sources and resolve the climate issues in a relatively short time. What we don't have, as a planet, is the political will and leadership.
The same way conservatives are going to afford geo-engineering after having spent all the money on war, military engineering and the subsidies to the extraction industry. They're not. May I suggest Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything". You may not like what she says, but it does show the progressive's answer to your question. Conservatives deny climate change not because it's not happening, but because they don't like the solutions. After all, if we resolve the climate issue and find out it is a hoax, we will have wasted all that time and resources creating a cleaner, more sustainable planet…. and who wants that?
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One last note (from me anyway) on this topic. One of the "favorite" studies regarding addiction was to put 2 rats in a cage with 2 water bottles, one with coke/heroin laced water, the other pure water and the rats preferred the laced water to the point of death. Obviously this illustrated the addiction level of heroin/coke. Until a reseacher decided to build a "rat heaven" cage with all the things rats like plus the 2 bottles of water. Surprise, surprise, the rats preferred the pure water. In other words, change the "cage" and addiction rates drop tremendously. Viet Nam provided a human, real world lab for this idea. Approx. 95% of the soldiers returning from Viet Nam addicted to heroin (and there were many) stopped with little to no intervention once they left the horrible "cage" and returned to a more normal life. An interesting read is "Chasing the Scream" by Johann Hari. My point in all of this is that drugs have been demonized for political reasons and the laws have ruined many more lives than the drugs themselves. Approach drug adiction for what it is, a social/medical issue and not a weak character/criminal one.
Jerry-I was born and raised outside Chicago. I don't need stats to tell me how violent it is. To assume drugs are the driving force is a bit much. The drug laws, maybe, but not the drugs themselves. You did not address how the drug laws have torn apart the black/brown communities. Not just pot-look up the difference in sentencing between coke and crack. Both the same drug, one preferred by whites the other by blacks. On your comment that drugs did not exist in the late 50's. Really?? My dad told me about picking MJ along IL roads and smoking in the in early 1900's. Speed was the drug of choice during the 40's, 50's and even the early 60's. (along with MJ) Drugs have always been around. Look into the ingredients of most medicines in the early days of our country…. heroin and coke were main ingredients. I'm not promoting drug use, but I also am not willing to blame it for our country's problems. Poverty is much more detrimental and a cause of a lot of the drug abuse.
I'm not a scientist or a doctor, but………
How does one "escape" reality except thru death or full blown psychosis? Alter, yes, enhance, yes, mute, yes, but escaping it escapes me. Humanity has sought to alter their experience since the dawn of history. Some do it via religion, some do it via risky behavior or extreme physical effort, some via drugs, etc. One person's poison is another person's religious experience. What is this fixation on a substance with comparatively mild effects? I don't get it, never have. Unless, of course, it's a means to control and incarcerate a certain segment of society. Then it makes all the sense in the world. Very effective. Google MJ incarceration rates, esp based on racial demographic. Interesting.
Much ado about nothing. If my kids were of MS/HS age I would be much more worried about pain med abuse, often arising from an athletic injury, anti-anxiety (Xanax) med abuse because my kid is stressed out about getting into the "best" college, or my "hyper" kid being given the latest drug to make him less "disruptive". As usual in our country, we are chasing the rabbit when a tiger is about to devour us. Look up the abuse rate of prescription drugs, how addiction happens with them, and the recovery/death rate, esp with Oxy/heroin. You might see why I say, much ado about nothing when it comes to legalized pot. Do I think kids should smoke pot…..no, but that is by far not the worst of the worries for a modern day parent.
rhys-I have enjoyed your humor and quips way too much over the years and am disappointed that you to focused on a spell check error…. really? I have to say I am surprised that the Eminent Domain being used for a corporation, esp a foreign corporation, does not upset most the folks here. (12 cases in Neebraska last I read) I have followed you folks for a long time to learn how and why you think the way you do. Thank you for the lessons. I have to say, not being upset about this surprised me. Learn something new every day, I guess
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