Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti: The Rising Threat of Climate Conflict

Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 18, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the geopolitical consequences of global change with Professor Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores how climate change is increasing tensions between the global north and the global south.

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see also:

War, violence, persecution push displacement to new unprecedented high — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

from the archives:

The Tragedy of Forced Displacement by Graham Peebles

Tillerson Agrees Climate Change Is Hurting The Arctic, Contradicting Trump Admin Policies

No More Wars for Oil by David Swanson + 200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC + Avi Lewis

EU Refugee Crisis: Stop Illegal Wars, Don’t Blame the Victims by Finian Cunningham

Abby Martin: The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis

Michael Parenti: Privatization of Libya + The Face of Imperialism + Christian Parenti: Tropic of Chaos

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9 thoughts on “Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti: The Rising Threat of Climate Conflict

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  7. Of course, I agree.

    This is a very helpful conversation, because it directly links climate with instability; and the whole point of organized society is to establish a mutually beneficial system of laws, that is stable, but flexible and resilient enough to modulate, endure and negotiate (unpredictable) change.

    We speak of weathering the storm; well that is no longer a metaphor. There needs to be a profound sea-change in our public morality and our ‘inherited’ perception of reality.

    Religion has become a badge of convenience, another brand. Philosophy is reduced to an impenetrable fog of tenured obscurity by commercial media interests, that try to render learning into a celebrity competition.. Science itself is perverted to serve industry for the profit motive alone. The arts are left to their own devices; suffer or perish. It’s a free for all. The American way. Only the tough can tough it out…or so we are told. By whom exactly?

    Actually all we have to do is disagree. Build our own consensus. Work from first principles ~ ecologically viable principles.

    I wonder if Chris H. will invite Paul Hawken on the show. I think it would be a great discussion.

  8. After the interview, in his minute of monologue, Hedges says we must impose such enormous fines on the fossil fuel industry that they can no longer continue ecocide profitably. In other words, Hedges is still thinking in terms of market solutions, in terms of reforming capitalism — that is, let profit continue to rule the world, but find a way to make this particular instance of ecocide unprofitable. He is still trying to save our species within the context of capitalism. He exemplifies Fredric Jameson’s aphorism: “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”

    But I am convinced that if there is any hope of saving our species, it will be through ending capitalism. The profit mechanism is inherently ecocidal, not just in particular instances, but in its most fundamental principles. Separate property means separate lives, so that we compete against each other instead of cooperating and caring and sharing; any notion of preserving the commons gets relegated to a lower priority. It’s been a bad system for 10,000 years, but just lately its drawbacks have been magnified by modern technology.

    Well, life as we have known it can’t last much longer. If we continue with “business as usual,” it will soon end in any of several ways: (a) collapse of the ecosystem, extinction of our species. (b) nuclear war, extinction of our species. (c) the continuing increase of automation, collapse of the economic system, maybe we can recover from that somehow but it will require a very different economic system. (d) some lone suicidal madman will build a germ warfare lab in his basement and kill us all. Something like that is getting more and more possible every day. The only thing that can prevent it, ultimately, is our transitioning to a culture of caring and sharing that leaves no one behind, so no one =wants= to hurt others.

    Some people are hoping that civilization will collapse and then nature will recover. I think we’re past that point. We’ve already triggered feedback loops, so that global warming is now self-perpetuating even without human carbon emissions. I think the only thing that can prevent ecosystem collapse is if human civilization continues but changes course to a sane direction. For instance, take the money out of weapons, and put it into research on how to pull more carbon out of the atmosphere. I think we CAN find some way to do it; I just don’t know if we WILL. We’ve been a clever species, but the time has come when we must go beyond clever — we must become wise, we must point our cleverness in wise directions — or else we’re done for.

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