Sleepwalking to Extinction: Capitalism and the Destruction of Life and Earth

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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/15-3

“Why are we marching toward disaster, “sleepwalking to extinction” as the Guardian’s George Monbiot once put it? Why can’t we slam on the brakes before we ride off the cliff to collapse? I’m going to argue here that the problem is rooted in the requirement of capitalist production. Large corporations can’t help themselves; they can’t change or change very much. So long as we live under this corporate capitalist system we have little choice but to go along in this destruction, to keep pouring on the gas instead of slamming on the brakes, and that the only alternative — impossible as this may seem right now — is to overthrow this global economic system and all of the governments of the 1% that prop it up and replace them with a global economic democracy, a radical bottom-up political democracy, an eco-socialist civilization.”
– Richard Smith

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2 comments
  1. If we do what the climate scientists tell us then a lot of businesses may go out of business or lose money, and we will all have clean air and water.
    If we do what the big business people tell us then a lot of businesses will go out of business, as all their customers will have died due to lack of clean air and water.
    I like the idea of companies staying in business with moderate profits as opposed to greedy mega profits.

    Cheers

    Mick
    http://www.cartoonmick.wordpress.com

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