Revolt or Burn, by Eric Schechter

Earth on our Hands

Image by Cristian Ibarra Santillan via Flickr

by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
August 1, 2020

leftymathprof on Jul 30, 2020

Global warming is about to speed up abruptly, killing us all. Addressing it will require huge changes that the plutocrats are not making, so we must overthrow them.


Burn, most likely. Global warming is about to speed up abruptly, due to feedback loops and tipping points that most climate activists overlook or understate. I expect worldwide famine by 2030 and human extinction by 2040 if we stay on our present course. Or sooner, if our mad rulers use their nuclear weapons.

Some climatologists say it’s already too late. I’m not so sure. We don’t know, and can’t know, what discovery is just around the corner. Of course, if we don’t try, then we are doomed.

Our rulers are doing far too little about climate. They can’t bring the great change we need, because any capitalist concerned with anything but his own short-term profits will fall behind his rivals and cease to be a Player. Thus, our only hope for the needed change is by global ecosocialist revolution.

For 10,000 years property and hierarchy have caused lies, hate, greed, poverty, plutocracy, war, and all the other evils of the world. We might endure those torments another 10,000 years, but for the recent arrival of science, which changes everything. Used wisely, science could build us a paradise on Earth. Alas, we’ve been clever but not wise: Science has brought us nuclear weapons and global warming, assuring our extinction. We need to wise up quick.

We must replace property with caring and sharing. We must replace hierarchy with horizontal cooperative networking — that is, friendship. After 10,000 years, that’s hard for anyone to even imagine, so I’m not confident about our chances. But sociologists say caring is in our nature.

The first step is to get more people talking about these things.

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From the archives:

Chris Hedges and Roger Hallam: Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse

The Democrats’ Disastrous, Militarist Climate Plan, by David Swanson

There Will Be No Social Or Racial Justice Worth Having On A Dead Planet, by Paul Street

Chris Hedges: The Prospect and Need For Ecosocialism

The Start Of The Great Meltdown For Industrial Civilization, by Rainer Shea

The Twisted Climate Equation of the Ruling Class by Rainer Shea

The Climate Apocalypse Is Accelerating–If We’re Going To Dodge Extinction, We’d Better Hurry by Eric Schechter

If You’re Not Busy Plotting Nonviolent Revolution for Peace and Climate, You’re Busy Dying by David Swanson

To Survive: We Need A Global Awakening Much Bigger Than A “Revolution,” Much Deeper Than Just Ending Capitalism by Eric Schechter

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