The world will never know peace as long as war is profitable. The world will never know health as long as sickness is profitable. The ecosystem will never thrive as long as ecocide is profitable. We will remain ruled by tyrants for as long as our systems elevate tyranny. --Caitlin Johnstone, All Our Systems Are Built To Elevate Viciousness
There is no water left on Earth that hasn't been tainted with micro-plastic particles.
There are mass die-offs of trees, plants, and animals due to rising temperatures and the subsequent droughts and fires that ensue.
The sea levels are rising because of melting ice sheets at the poles, causing flooding and drowning entire island chains.
There are many who shout racist-elitist taunts at the migrants fleeing from natural disasters and violent conflicts caused by our rapidly warming planet and our economic system's insatiable need to overthrow any leaders who don't do business on our country's terms.
There is another pandemic on the horizon with the emergence of the monkeypox virus in the US. With no universal health care, possibly another million plus Americans will suffer and die from a preventable illness. (The current rate is 400+ COVID-19 deaths per day and an untold number of people suffering permanent disability from Long COVID.)
There are politicians spouting nonsense about "winnable nuclear war" as if radiation faded away mere hours after dropping a nuke bomb. These same politicians continue to militarize the police, an unspoken threat against the working classes to stay in their designated place. The politicians' military industrial complex donors are happy with this outcome.
There are those who still think nuclear power is "clean energy" even after the disasters of Chernobyl, Fukushima, and others. They are doing their best to prevent cleaner sources of energy such as solar, wind and geothermal from ever becoming a part of our power grid, as a recent bill passed in Congress and praised by the fossil fuel industry demonstrates.
What is the key element winding its way through all these seemingly unrelated abuses of our planet, its peoples, and all its creatures? If you said "money" or more accurately "the love of money" then you win today's prize. The prize is that you get to die knowing how these man-made insults to Mother Earth were entirely preventable.
(Watch the documentary 2040 to learn how current technology can address all the above challenges. They're not unsolvable problems. We are capable of affecting positive changes to save the planet, but we have to be willing to do so and we need to start today.)
The love of money, or profits, if you will, is selling humankind's destiny down the river of greed in order to make a few more billionaires even richer. Why any person needs incalculable wealth to survive when the rest of us get by on mere pittances is a mystery to me. I don't know about you, but this obsession billionaires have with accruing more and more digits in their bank account ledgers just makes me angrier and angrier.
Time is running out for our dear Mother Earth. We've seen the effects of climate catastrophe speeding up this summer in heatwave after sweltering heatwave. Some say we've gone beyond the point of no return. And all because these billionaire tyrants can't make enough money to satisfy their lusts. They are obsessed with "growing the economy" while gouging workers for basic necessities like food, medicine, and shelter. These greedy tyrants can't get enough until they destroy all the beautiful diversity of life on this planet.
Will somebody--anybody--make it stop? Please.
If our dying world and our empty bellies can't motivate us lowly workers to stand up for ourselves and the planet, then what will? We've been terrorized by tyrants using a sadistic economic system called capitalism for far too long. To save Earth and humanity, capitalism must die. It must die and be replaced with a kinder, gentler system that treats everyone and every living thing with the respect and dignity he/she/they/it deserves.
Will taking the reins away from the tyrants now in control be easy? No. Will it possibly cost us some of our lives in the struggle? Yes. But we have no choice--our planet is being destroyed by sadistic psychopaths. Psychopaths who can't see the forest for the trees since they've chopped all the trees down to print more useless currency!
It would be wonderful if the tyrants of the 1% came down off their thrones and gave the 99% the keys to the kingdom, but don't count on it. If they've convinced their politician-puppets to spout nonsense about the benefits of nuclear warfare, and how justice can be found in increasing policing and military agencies to take up arms against us, then we must be prepared to deal swiftly and strongly with shutting these monsters down.
We can't wait, hoping and praying these tyrannical psychopaths will come to their senses and learn to be empathetic. Odds are they never will. We can't risk what is left of our Earth still able to harbor life.
We've only got one planet. Let's do what needs to be done. Let's take good care of her so she will continue to take care of our children and grandchildren in the future. Don't allow the tyrants--bent on destruction to slake their thirst for blood money--stand in our way.
Things you can make money out of:
Things you can't make money out of:
A thriving biosphere
Energy sources you can't control
While we use money to value things, we will never be free. --Caitlin Johnstone, China Threatens the US Empire, Not the US Itself
Solving Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment https://popularresistance.org/solving-the-plastic-crisis-through-community-empowerment/
US Houses Passes Pro-Corporate Climate Bill
Trailer for the documentary 2040: https://vimeo.com/429859999
Monkeypox is Yet Another Health Crisis Fueled by Governmental Neglect https://truthout.org/articles/monkeypox-is-yet-another-global-health-crisis-fueled-by-governmental-neglect/
Land of the Dying: Alarming Study Shows US Killing Its Own Population
Capitalism is Making Us Sick and Sucking Us Dry
The U.N. Just Declared a Universal Human Right to a Healthy Sustainable Environment https://popularresistance.org/the-un-just-declared-a-universal-human-right-to-a-healthy-sustainable-environment/
High Profile Paper on Catastrophic Climate Impact...
Climate Reality Is Hitting Us Like a Breakaway Glacier https://truthout.org/articles/climate-reality-is-hitting-us-like-a-breakaway-glacier/
Big Oil and Gas Reap Record Profits as the World Burns https://scheerpost.com/2022/08/02/big-oil-and-gas-reap-record-profits-as-the-world-burns/
Why Is There More Media Talk About Using Nuclear Weapons Than About Banning Them https://scheerpost.com/2022/08/09/why-is-there-more-media-talk-about-using-nuclear-weapons-than-about-banning-them/
Modern US Warmongerng Is Scaring Henry Kissinger https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/modern-us-warmongering-is-scaring
Why Can't They Say It? (video--Lee says "it" at approx. 17 min.) https://rumble.com/v1g38yp-why-cant-they-say-it-with-lee-camp.html
All Our Systems Are Built To Elevate Viciousness https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/all-our-systems-are-built-to-elevate
China Threatens the US Empire, Not The US Itself https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/china-threatens-the-us-empire-not
Seen on Twitter:
Giving Big Oil 600 million acres of public land and water to drill on over the next 10 years is nothing to celebrate. https://t.co/ik6xHgx7Xu— Ryan Knight ☭🕊 (@ProudSocialist) August 12, 2022
This observation is SO much more scary coming from Kissinger than from a peace advocate speaking from outside the belly of the empire. If the empire's warmongering is so crazy and reckless that it's frightening a 99 year-old Henry Kissinger, it's REALLY crazy and reckless. https://t.co/WUGP3mvEJs— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) August 13, 2022
United States Gov't bipartisan has let over a million Americans die to protect their profits.— Solidarity (@1WhiteRabbitt) August 14, 2022
Do you actually believe that they would spend billions of dollars on Ukrainians and Taiwanese without it being in their financial interest?
Capitalists just made up the idea that a low minimum wage is there for young people to get work experience and Americans just swallowed that propaganda without thinking about it for even a second and then vomited it back up onto the rest of us for decades.— Brutal Regime Apocalyptic Dreams (@brutal_regime) August 15, 2022
Why is health care even a debate?— Thia is with … 😏✌️💋🔥 (@ThiaBallerina) August 14, 2022
Why is housing ppl even a debate?
Why is clean water even a debate?
Why is saving our planet even a debate?
Why is protecting our most vulnerable even a debate?
Why are human rights even a debate?
Why is social responsibility a fn debate?!
Stupid humans pic.twitter.com/5OLt4UtW57— Amazon Piss Jugs 🇾🇪🇵🇸 (@JeremyWard33) August 15, 2022