Revolt or Burn, by Eric Schechter

Earth on our Hands

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

[Note replaced video Oct. 10, 2020]

leftymathprof on Aug 21, 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.

Wake 2021 or Burn

Revised Oct. 6, 2020


The climate clock has run out; we’re in the endgame now; no time remains for incremental reforms or building a third party. Global warming is about to speed up abruptly, due to feedback loops and tipping points that most climate activists overlook or understate. On our present course, I expect a point of no return around 2025, for famine by 2030, barbarism by 2035, and extinction by 2040. (Extinction sooner if nuclear war.)

We might still avert the apocalypse if we throw at it everything we’ve got. The discovery we need may be just around the corner. But our rulers do nothing, as they can’t see past the short-term profits keeping them in power. And we can’t vote them out – our so-called “democracy” is really a plutocracy, as Gilens and Page proved.

Externalities are ecocidal. And capitalism causes lesser woes too. It perpetuates war and poverty, to make the rich richer. It increases inequality, by favoring the trader in the stronger bargaining position. And competition kills empathy, leaving hate, fear, greed, lies, and random shootings.

Only a global ecosocialist awakening offers us a hope of safety. We need a culture of caring and sharing that leaves no one behind, so no one wants to hurt us. The first step is to get more people talking about it. Join the conversation.

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

The Corporation (2003) (must-see)

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

George Orwell’s 1984 (must-see film)