Yesterday I read the existentially-depressing paper “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy” by Jem Bendell PhD. He believes humanity is already past the “tipping point” — there’s no chance of halting or reversing our global descent into famines, floods, submerged cities, murderous heat, war, tyranny, desperate migration, raging epidemics, and total societal collapse.
His convincing viewpoint left me feeling helpless, stunned, sad, and anxious for 24 hours. But now I’m bouncing back, determined to adapt to the dystopian future, for myself and my children. What can I do to help my genes survive in a hothouse, hostile world?
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” — T.S.Eliot
Nuclear blasts might destroy humanity. Or we could perish in a limp, pathetic way:
Dr. Shanna Swan, professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, posits this scenario in her best-selling wake-up call, Count Down: How Our Modern World is Threatening Sperm Count, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race,” based on research and analysis from 2017.
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are the culprits crippling our breeding ability…
by Hank Pellissier
The USA is a sub-par, wretchedly-flawed ‘democracy.’
USA DEMOCRACY SUCKS. The “Land of the Free” never really was, but it’s worsening quickly, crippled by narcissistic leaders and paralyzed…
by Hank Pellissier and Jonah F2014 with help from Joern Pallensen
Tinyism is a political philosophy that believes current empires and nations should be fractured, shattered, dissolved into thousands of independent micro-states and city-states. This action would vastly-improve democracy and enhance economies — recent statistics indicate small nations are usually the happiest, wealthiest, and most peaceful. Tinyism is similar to the ideologies of Localism, and Municipalism.
Palestine / Israel is certainly one of the world’s ugliest quagmires; a Gordian knot of violent dysfunction. For years, a two-state solution has been suggested, but all efforts in this direction pitifully collapse. A…
Co-authors: Pierre Pellissier, Paul Johnson, Mike Whitty, Hank Pellissier
In 13.5 years (2035) humans will face strange new problems, plus most of the same old miserable scourges that currently plague us.
Technology will provide amazing solutions. Here’s the best inventions we anticipate:
1. Electric Self-Driving Cars — accidents, stress, boredom and atmosphere-destroying exhaust will be eliminated
2. Improved Solar Panel Technology — shimmering from rooftops capturing sunlight at a high-percentage
I’ve recently been digesting infuriating facts about tax havens, especially from this 83-page pdf by Global Alliance for Tax Justice.
Three of the most disgusting details are:
1. Tax Justice Network estimates $500 billion in tax is avoided by multinational corporations annually. International Monetary Fund says the figure is $600 billion. Approximately 10% of the world’s GDP is hiding in tax havens.
What’s the result?
2. “Almost every person in almost every country in the world foots the bill incurred by tax abusers. People suffer needlessly poor public services, needlessly deep inequalities, needlessly high rates of death, needlessly weak and…
“Wealth Tax” aka, a “taxing the rich” is presently being considered in the USA as a path to generating government revenue and — more importantly — as a reform policy to lessen the widening gap between billionaire elites and the working class / sinking middle class. A recent poll claims 56% of the American public sees this as a remedy to combat the increasing inequality.
“Wealth Tax” isn’t a simple, agreed-upon equation. There are multiple versions of it, and, of course, many experts who oppose entirely any suggestion of the proposal.
Below I list fifteen opinions, throughout history, ranging from…
Huey Long, aka “The Kingfish” aka “the Karl Marx of the Hillbillies” was a radical populist champion of the rural poor who served as Louisiana governor from 1928–32, and US Senator from 1932 until his assassination in 1935 when he was only 42 years old.
The charismatic, larger-than-life Long was the 3rd most famous American at his death, after FDR and Charles Lindberg. His unrealized goal was to challenge Roosevelt for the presidency in 1936 with his “Share Our Wealth” policy ideas that pushed considerably farther left then the New Deal. Long attacked large, powerful corporations, especially Standard Oil, and…
Underground Cities will be a reality in the human future, for multiple reasons. Many of us, especially claustrophobes, view this prediction with horror and disgust, but that’s unnecessary. Subterranean existence has been wildly successful for many species like earthworms, gophers, ants; homo sapiens might be the next ecstatic burrowers.
Who’s happier than a meerkat, really? If we dig deeply enough into the soil, perhaps we can achieve the giddy socialization of the chatty Kalahari mobs that are feminist and cooperative models of altruism.
Why would humanity descend into the bowels of the earth? Here’s four catastrophic reasons:
Henry George and Thomas Piketty are hugely similar in two important ways:
1) Both George’s treatise Progress and Poverty (1879) and Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century (2014) were international best-selling economics books in their era.
2) Both thinkers were primarily interested in reducing inequality via egalitarian access to finances; they both wanted to narrow the wealth gap with progressive reforms.
George and Piketty desired the same result, but their proposals to achieve this differed. Interest in Piketty’s solutions, delineated recently in his Capital and Ideology (2019), have renewed consideration of George’s ideas.
Below I have presented ten policies of…