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January 10, 2003

Miscellaneous Subjects #170: Growing U.S. Domination Casting a Fearful Shade Around The World



Hello everyone

This whole compilation is recommended for mature souls willing to be courageous and dedicated Wayshowers, in service to the Light guiding us from within.

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com

This compilation is archived at
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MiscelSubjects170.htm


"Ours, in seeking to ban weapons in space, is a sacred mission to reclaim heaven."

- Dennis Kucinich in a recent speech (see #3 below)


"Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the criteria for substance abuse as defined in the official psychiatric manual, according to Rutgers University psychologist Robert Kubey. Heavy TV viewers exhibit six dependency symptoms--two more than necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis of substance abuse. These include using TV as a sedative; indiscriminate viewing; feeling loss of control while viewing; feeling angry with oneself for watching so much; inability to stop watching; and suffering withdrawal when forced to stop watching TV."

- Taken from the May 1999 Congressional Testimony of Henry Labalme, Executive Director of TV-Free America (seen at http://www.corporations.org/media/)


CONTENTS

1. A message from Robert Redford on threats to our environment
2. LCHR: US Law & Security - Year of Loss Report
3. Congressman Kucinich's Toronto Speech
4. Our quality of life peaked in 1974. It's all downhill now


See also:

The Good News of 2002 (Jan 8) MUST READ! ENCOURAGING...
http://www.peace.moveon.org/bulletin52.php3

Court Rules U.S. Can Hold Citizens as 'Enemy Combatants' (Jan 8)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/08/national/08CND-DETAIN.html
A court handed the Bush administration a victory today in ruling that a wartime president has the authority to detain a U.S. citizen captured as an enemy combatant.

Totalitarianism nears (Jan 2) IMPORTANT WAKE-UP CALL!
http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story142267.html

Who Owns The Media
http://www.takebackthemedia.com/owners.html

The Nation's 'Big Ten'
http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html
The world's ten biggest media conglomerates. The 'Big Ten' shows that concentration of media owndership isn't just a problem here - it's happening worldwide.

The Incredible Shrinking Ownership Group
http://www.corporations.org/media/
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. CLIP

PROVERBS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM by A Bunch of Second Grade Kids (Funny)
http://www.xlibris.de/magickriver/2ndgrade.htm




ACTION NEEDED - AND PASS IT ON!

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From: Jan <Buchalter@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003
Subject: Fwd: A message from Robert Redford on threats to our environment

Dear Fellow BioGems Defender,

Americans voted for many things this past Election Day, but one thing we did not vote for was a sweeping attack on our environment. Yet President Bush is already acting as if we did.

Barely two weeks after the election, the Bush administration repaid big corporate campaign contributors with a massive new loophole in the Clean Air Act that will allow them to dramatically increase air pollution and harm the health of millions of Americans.

Days later, it was the timber industry's turn to cash in. On Thanksgiving eve, the administration proposed new rules that would allow it to put all 155 national forests on the chopping block for logging and other commercial activities without having to take public input or study the devastating impacts on wildlife.

It's no accident these special interest handouts were announced after Election Day. They are a radical departure from the values of conservation that most Americans hold dear.

But the worst is yet to come. The White House has signaled clearly that the sacrifice of our clean air and national forests is only the leading edge of a much broader attack that will come early this year. It will be a determined and systematic effort to dismantle our nation's entire framework of environmental protection.

Last year, the U.S. Senate was the firewall that saved us from President Bush's most destructive raids on the environment. Not any more. Key Senate committees in the new Congress will be chaired by stalwart allies of polluting industries who are flat-out hostile to our environmental laws.

Industry lobbyists are already circling, ready to plunder the public treasures they have coveted for so long: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaskan rainforest, the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and many more of our last wild places.

No one voted for these environmental disasters on Election Day, but they will come to pass if we don't unite right now to prevent them.

The president's campaign to undermine our environmental laws could be derailed instantly if millions of Americans would hold Congress accountable for its upcoming votes. The fate of our natural heritage will be determined by a handful of moderates, Democrat and Republican. Senators on both sides of the aisle won close races this past Election Day by promising to protect the environment. It's time to make them keep their word.

Please go to the BioGems website at http://www.savebiogems.org/takeaction.asp and send electronic messages directly to your U.S. senators and representative. Tell them to defend 30 years of bipartisan environmental progress by putting a stop to the Bush administration's assaults.

Sincerely,

Robert Redford
Board of Trustees Natural Resources Defense Council




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From: "Michael T. Darwyne" <jurist@manx.net>
Subject: LCHR US Law & Security - Year of Loss Report
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003

Dear Jean

In years to come, when the current anti-"terrorist" hysteria is passed, historians will start to look back at the ease with which cherished values and precepts were able to be stolen from the American people upon flimsy pretexts. Rational, unemotional assessments of the constitutional issues such as that provided by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (attached) will then be seen as having been ahead of their time. I commend the Report and the accompanying Timeline as worthy additions to your Archives.

Michael Darwyne
Isle of Man
British Isles

NOTE: Michael further added this supportive comment in a subsequent email: "Your initiative and courage in making this forum possible have earned you the respect and gratitude of right thinking members of society throughout the world." And I say: This forum is actually made possible in great part because of the loving, dedicated contributions of all those who choose to participate to it, whether it is through contributing material, new ideas and inspired feedbacks or through simply adding the energy of their thoughtful, caring attention through steadfastly reading it all (over 3200 pages of text in 2002 alone plus 26 Meditation Foci!) and re-circulating some of it to others - as many have indicated doing - thus enabling this circle to encompass an unknown and expanding numbers of souls. I seldom acknowledge this and thought it deserved to be outlined just like the service I gladly contribute and a priviledge for which I am soooo grateful!

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From: http://www.lchr.org/us_law/loss/loss_main.htm

A Year of Loss: Reexamining Civil Liberties Since September 11

Timeline: A chronology (by date) of changes to U.S. law and policy Since Sept. 11, 2001 (Updated Regularly)
http://www.lchr.org/us_law/loss/timeline/1up_to_date.htm

Full Report: A Year of Loss Sept. 11, 2001 – Sept. 1, 2002 http://www.lchr.org/us_law/loss/loss_report.pdf

Preface

More than a year has passed since the horrific events of September 11, 2001.

America has much to mourn. Individual families will mourn the loss of loved ones, and the country, as a national family, will mourn the tragic loss of life. The United States will also grieve another collective loss: the loss of invulnerability – or the idea that America was impervious to this kind of violence.

There is another loss to mourn, however – one that has happened less abruptly and less publicly, but no less profoundly. Since September 11, the United States has lost something essential and defining: some of the cherished principles on which the country is founded have been eroded or disregarded.

Unlike other losses from September 11, this loss did not happen all at once on a clear fall morning. A photograph or video camera cannot convey the damage. These changes have taken place slowly and incrementally, beneath the surface. What’s needed is an x-ray – a way to show how the very bones of U.S. law, policy and practice have shifted.

This report explores these changes: the civic lessons – and civic losses – in America since September 11. Some of the changes were smart, right and inevitable. The country needed to recalibrate the balance between concerns about rights and the needs of public safety. The country was attacked, and the threat was – and is – real. The U.S. government is responsible for ensuring the country's security and must have the tools to do so. But other changes undermined fundamental tenets of our democracy, with no obvious relationship to increased security.

How does a free society debate and decide these issues? The way this has been done to date is not sufficient. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, government leaders passed laws and adopted an array of policies – swiftly, in the name of unity. Republicans and Democrats put aside differences in a show of common cause. There was a conscious and much-heralded decision to take politics and partisanship out of the debate.

Unfortunately, some of the most important changes have not been debated at all. And debate, in many ways, is what keeps democracies healthy. It ensures that all aspects of an issue are explored. It ensures public education and public participation.

Historically, one of the great strengths of the United States has been its tradition of open political debate and dissent, even within government. As we describe in this report, there have been several recent notable court decisions which have challenged some of these changes, as well as statements from an increasingly vigilant Congress questioning executive branch actions. Those voices reflect well on the American tradition of dissent. We seek with this report to encourage a more robust debate on these issues which are of such importance to the country and to the world.

Michael Posner, Executive Director
September 5, 2002

See also:

Press Release on “A Year of Loss” (Sept 5, 2002)
http://www.lchr.org/media/2002_alerts/0905.htm
Report Outlines Changes in U.S. Civil Liberties since September 11: Calls for Reexamination of New Laws and Policies that Contradict Core American Values.




ANOTHER AWE-INSPIRING SPEECH BY OUR VISIONARY BROTHER KUCINICH (a subscriber to this list) CONJURING UP THE RIGHT WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE GROWING THREAT OF AN ARMS RACE IN SPACE AND WHAT CANADA CAN DO TO PREVENT IT

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From: "Biannca Pace" <biannca@crystalgallery.com.au>
Subject: Congressman Kucinich's Toronto Speech
Date: 6 Jan 2003

My dear friends

This is the latest speech from this amazing politician who speaks a language humanity needs to hear. We in Sydney feel so inspired and grateful to know he is coming to speak at our "Share the Spirit of Peace" Peace Summit, Great Hall Sydney University 1st March 2003 which is being co-hosted by the Australian Democrats and will include speakers from all of our Political parties... I urge you to read carefully what he has to say...

Biannca

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For more information, please contact the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS)

CONTACT: USA - 805-641-1999 / Canada - 604-733-8134 Email: info@peaceinspace.com

TORONTO, CANADA - U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Co-Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation and Space Caucus, on November 30, 2002 spoke before approximately 1000 people at CUSP: Canadian Conference on Unity, Sovereignty, and Prosperity in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, invited by the former Canadian Minister of Defense. In a keynote speech, released on New Year's Eve 2003, Kucinich, who is also Chair of the U.S. House of Representative's Progressive Caucus, calls on Canada's leaders to convene an international Space Preservation Treaty Conference where world leaders will gather to sign into law the Space Preservation Treaty, companion to his Space Preservation Act, to ban all space-based weapons.

Kucinich will reintroduce the Space Preservation Act into the U.S. Congress in early 2003. This Act "implement(s) a ban on space-based weapons of the United States and the use of weapons of the United States to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit." The Act also directs the U.S. President to negotiate an international Treaty: "The President shall direct the United States representatives to the United Nations and other international organizations to immediately work toward negotiating, adopting, and implementing an international treaty banning space-based weapons and the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit."

"A SACRED MISSION"

Keynote Speech by Dennis Kucinich in Canada Calls for Space Preservation Treaty Conference to Ban Space-based Weapons

What I try to do in my work in the Congress is to focus on people's practical aspirations, which is why today I'll be talking about the practical aspirations we all have for peace.

My Canadian brothers and sisters, what a great honor it is to join you on this day to reclaim those noble sentiments which couple us as continental twins in prayer if not in daily practice. Let this be the moment when a common endeavor asserts a common humanity and sets forth radiant aspirations which spiral out towards the expanding cosmos which returns the felicity. This is the moment when destiny calls us to elevate allegiance to our beloved native lands and to cause love of country to evolve to an even higher form. Unconditional, universal love which is mutually reinforcing and soul building. I join you in unity for peace to make peace sovereign, to harmonize peace and prosperity.

Those goals are implicit in the work of nearly four dozen members of the United States Congress who have proposed a Department of Peace to unite America in striving to make non-violence an organizing principle in our society. To commit our nation to the high purpose of international cooperation to create a world where war is no more. To translate prosperity to posterity by dedicated disarmament. We must insist on the grace of our dreams. We must proceed courageously, expectantly, that the new world which we seek will arise from a loving dialogue between the United States and Canada.

Just as the poet Shelley envisioned humanity's transcendence through a knowing conversation between earth and the moon in Prometheus Unbound, we take you there for a moment where the earth celebrates the rapture of reaching towards that spirit of space embodied in the moon. The earth speaks of the moon. Shelley writes,

The joy, the triumph, the delight, the madness!
The boundless, overflowing, bursting gladness,
The vaporous exultation not to be confined!
Ha! ha! the animation of delight
Which wraps me, like an atmosphere of light,
And bears me as a cloud is borne by its own wind.
The pearl of the heavens responds to its celestial kin.
The moon speaks of the earth,
Brother mine, calm wanderer,
Happy globe of land and air,
Some Spirit is darted like a beam from thee,
Which penetrates my frozen frame,
And passes with the warmth of flame,
With love, and odor, and deep melody
Through me, through me!

Let us, for this moment, contemplate the frozen frame of the moon receiving the love of the earth. Let us hearken to all loving thoughts ever borne upwards in imagination and hope. Let us imagine that survival of our universe depends upon earth and sky reconciling in God's eyes.

Does not the human heart sense the danger of the hour when weapons are aimed at the sky? Does not the heart of the world anguish over the thought of brimstone hailing from Paradise? Do we really have a choice as to whether or not we shall challenge the very concept of weapons in outer space? Whether they are placed there by our brother or some sworn foe.

Ours, in banning weapons in space, in seeking to ban weapons in space, is a sacred mission to reclaim heaven. For every instinct towards creation, for every dream flung towards forever, for every prayer with wings, for all love that is and will be, I've dedicated the SPACE PRESERVATION ACT in the House of Representatives, a bill which will ban all space-based weapons!

And I join you on this day for the purpose of and in dedication of efforts to create a SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY which would ban all space-based weapons and rescue outer space for the restless souls of timeless explorers of the universe.

There are concrete steps which are required towards banning weapons in space. And it might seem curious to some that an American congressman would appear before citizens of Canada to appeal to you. But I do so that Canada convene a worldwide conference for the purpose of gathering leaders from across the globe to discuss and deliberate a treaty which would ban weapons in space.

The SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY CONFERENCE would seek to gain recognition for the URGENCY of such ACTION through encouraging executives of governments from around the world to begin the process towards national approval of such a weapons ban and through encouraging the participation of legislative leaders who would broaden the debate within their respective nations.

IT IS TIME TO BEGIN WORK TOWARDS A BAN OF WEAPONS IN SPACE.

The stage has been set for space weaponization for some time. Since 1983, our Pentagon has spent over one hundred billion dollars on Ballistic Missile Defense and over sixty billion dollars on National Missile Defense. It is expected to spend nearly fifty billion dollars more over the next dozen years.

It is axiomatic that you cannot have guns and butter and it will become axiomatic that you cannot have weapons in space put there by any nation and have decent health care, housing, educational systems or any of those fundamentally important social considerations and economic considerations which made life bearable and worthwhile.

Yet, at the very moment that our country is contemplating spending billions and billions more to put weapons in space, this very day our administration announced that it's cutting back on cost of living increases for Federal employees. This very day many Americans face expiration of their unemployment benefits at a time when our unemployment rate is the highest it's been in years. This very moment many of my constituents in Cleveland, Ohio do not have health insurance or are reduced, in the case of our senior citizens, to splitting their pills to make their prescriptions extend.

This is not a digression. An arms race in space will be the black hole in every budget of every technologically advanced nation. Let me mention two: Russia, having been scorned through cancellation of the ABM Treaty, will be compelled to proceed with protecting its nuclear arsenal and to enhance its launch on warning capabilities, which means a nuclear accident will be waiting to happen! China, looming as an economic power while the U.S. toys with providing Taiwan with short range Theater Missile Defense and in our policy doctrines chooses to beard the Chinese Tiger with threats of a nuclear first strike in the Nuclear Posture Review, embracing China over Taiwan in our National Security Strategy. We will force China to divert billions to Ballistic Missile Defense, research and development, and to build weapons to send into space!

One cannot correctly estimate the urgency of this moment without considering that to speak of weapons in space, one must first look at the arms race which has occurred in this world over nuclear weapons: That there are currently 16 states either possessing, in development of, or attempting to acquire nuclear technology, that there are 20 states either possessing or attempting to acquire or in the process of readying a system to be able to have biological weapons of mass destruction, and there are 26 states in a similar condition with respect to chemical weapons of mass destruction.

This next frontier, weapons in space, will inevitably set off a similar chain reaction among nations, causing nations to try to outdo each other moving towards this destructive technology.

Now we know there are those who indulge in apocalyptic fantasies. And I say that there must also be realists who accurately assess the challenge facing the world. With this idea of putting weapons in space, who understand that THIS MOMENT MUST BE SEIZED, not for our comfort or even for the cause of our own survival but for all humanity. For all humanity...

I would say that Canada has a rare opportunity to lead the world in this singular effort to keep space weapons-free. You have the chance to convene an international conference to shift the consciousness of the planet itself, to advance the reconciliation of all nations which is so needed. Let your arms open wide and embrace a SPACE PRESERVATION TREATY CONFERENCE as you brought 122 nations together towards banning land mines, so Canada can move from earth to space with the same courage and care for Spiritus Mundi.

The United States Space Command has set forth this proposition in its founding document entitled "VISION FOR 2020" and I quote,

"The increasing reliance of US military forces upon space power combined with the explosive proliferation of global space capabilities makes a space vision essential. As stewards for military space, we must be prepared to exploit the advantages of the space medium. This Vision serves as a bridge in the evolution of military space into the 21st century and is the standard by which United States Space Command and its Components will measure progress into the future. US Space Command--dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment. Integrating space forces into war-fighting capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict."

Canada's intrinsic potential, as you did in banning land mines, is to stand for high principle. Now, as we your brothers and sisters to the south, are vexed and slowed by doctrines of unipolar, unilateral, and preemptive domination which cast a fearful shade across our land like a total lunar eclipse, be you the brother mine, the calm wanderer, whose love moves our hearts and whose treaties and entreaties move our souls.

There is debate in America about matters of state. Nearly two thirds of the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted against a resolution authorizing the waging of war against Iraq. Numerous members joined the challenge in federal court to the administration's cancellation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Dozens of us have asked for investigations into possible fraud in the National Missile Defense program. There are Americans in the government who have sent out a call. There is a pulsation for peace in America.

As Canadians demonstrate in your Conference on Unity, Sovereignty, and Prosperity, there is an awareness, worldwide, that we are at the CUSP of a new order. A new awareness exists of the interdependence of all, the interconnection of all, the irreducible oneness of all. In this new world, there is no room for weapons of mass destruction. There is no place for war. There is a new quest for peace and prosperity which derives from meaningful work at a decent wage and proper public health care and retirement security and good housing and solid education and a clean, sustainable environment. These are not the claims of any one nation, in a just world these claims transcend nationhood.

On earth as it is in heaven, peaceful economic activity will be enhanced through denying nations access to outer space for the purpose of weaponizing space.

Think about the peaceful purposes which remain for economic progress through peaceful space research and development: the ability to monitor weather, the ability to secure communications, the ability to conduct disaster relief, to be able to monitor arms control agreements, to maintain adequate satellite constellations to establish communication links in disaster areas, for exploration to preserve space for peaceful purposes for all humanity, for scientific development for the unfolding of human knowledge and the extension of human potential.

Far above us, spread out across the western sky at this very moment, Pegasus wings across the skies to dance above the fireworks of Perseus. Creative sparks of nebulae play beyond the clusters of gathering stars. Ursa Minor collects our small dreams, while Ursa Major harvests the stars we wish upon and stars we do not see at the twilight's first gleaming. Near the Winter Hexagon, Gemini's twins, Castor and Pollux, are in constant conversation.

Through it all, the Creative Architect, that intelligence which drew forth this universe, wraps itself in sublime silence. Can we rediscover our connection with such divinity? Can we rescue creation and save life on this planet?

Only WE can speak the answer.


(Congressman Kucinich here intertwines the American National Anthem with the Canadian National Anthem:)

(He sings softly) O, say can you see.

Canada!.glorious and free!

(He then speaks) O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

(He sings) O Canada! (then speaks) we stand on guard for thee

(Then very deliberately and quietly, he repeats) O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Thank you.




EYE-OPENING! ABSOLUTE MUST READ

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From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,866785,00.html

Our quality of life peaked in 1974. It's all downhill now

We will pay the price for believing the world has infinite resources

George Monbiot
December 31, 2002
The Guardian

With the turning of every year, we expect our lives to improve. As long as the economy continues to grow, we imagine, the world will become a more congenial place in which to live. There is no basis for this belief. If we take into account such factors as pollution and the depletion of natural capital, we see that the quality of life peaked in the UK in 1974 and in the US in 1968, and has been falling ever since. We are going backwards.

The reason should not be hard to grasp. Our economic system depends upon never-ending growth, yet we live in a world with finite resources. Our expectation of progress is, as a result, a delusion.

This is the great heresy of our times, the fundamental truth which cannot be spoken. It is dismissed as furiously by those who possess power today - governments, business, the media - as the discovery that the earth orbits the sun was denounced by the late medieval church. Speak this truth in public and you are dismissed as a crank, a prig, a lunatic.

Capitalism is a millenarian cult, raised to the status of a world religion. Like communism, it is built upon the myth of endless exploitation. Just as Christians imagine that their God will deliver them from death, capitalists believe that theirs will deliver them from finity. The world's resources, they assert, have been granted eternal life.

The briefest reflection will show that this cannot be true. The laws of thermodynamics impose inherent limits upon biological production. Even the repayment of debt, the pre-requisite of capitalism, is mathematically possible only in the short-term. As Heinrich Haussmann has shown, a single pfennig invested at 5% compounded interest in the year AD 0 would, by 1990, have reaped a volume of gold 134bn times the weight of the planet. Capitalism seeks a value of production commensurate with the repayment of debt.

Now, despite the endless denials, it is clear that the wall towards which we are accelerating is not very far away. Within five or 10 years, the global consumption of oil is likely to outstrip supply. Every year, up to 75bn tonnes of topsoil are washed into the sea as a result of unsustainable farming, which equates to the loss of around 9m hectares of productive land.

As a result, we can maintain current levels of food production only with the application of phosphate, but phosphate reserves are likely to be exhausted within 80 years. Forty per cent of the world's food is produced with the help of irrigation; some of the key aquifers are already running dry as a result of overuse.

One reason why we fail to understand a concept as simple as finity is that our religion was founded upon the use of other people's resources: the gold, rubber and timber of Latin America; the spices, cotton and dyes of the East Indies; the labour and land of Africa. The frontier of exploitation seemed, to the early colonists, infinitely expandable. Now that geographical expansion has reached its limits, capitalism has moved its frontier from space to time: seizing resources from an infinite future.

An entire industry has been built upon the denial of ecological constraints. Every national newspaper in Britain lamented the "disappointing" volume of sales before Christmas. Sky News devoted much of its Christmas Eve coverage to live reports from Brent Cross, relaying the terrifying intelligence that we were facing "the worst Christmas for shopping since 2000". The survival of humanity has been displaced in the newspapers by the quarterly results of companies selling tableware and knickers.

Partly because they have been brainwashed by the corporate media, partly because of the scale of the moral challenge with which finity confronts them, many people respond to the heresy with unmediated savagery.

Last week this column discussed the competition for global grain supplies between humans and livestock. One correspondent, a man named David Roucek, wrote to inform me that the problem is the result of people "breeding indiscriminately ... When a woman has displayed evidence that she totally disregards the welfare of her offspring by continuing to breed children she cannot support, she has committed a crime and must be punished. The punishment? She must be sterilised to prevent her from perpetrating her crimes upon more innocent children."

There is no doubt that a rising population is one of the factors which threatens the world's capacity to support its people, but human population growth is being massively outstripped by the growth in the number of farm animals. While the rich world's consumption is supposed to be boundless, the human population is likely to peak within the next few decades. But population growth is the one factor for which the poor can be blamed and from which the rich can be excused, so it is the one factor which is repeatedly emphasised.

It is possible to change the way we live. The economist Bernard Lietaer has shown how a system based upon negative rates of interest would ensure that we accord greater economic value to future resources than to present ones. By shifting taxation from employment to environmental destruction, governments could tax over-consumption out of existence. But everyone who holds power today knows that her political survival depends upon stealing from the future to give to the present.

Overturning this calculation is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. We need to reverse not only the fundamental presumptions of political and economic life, but also the polarity of our moral compass. Everything we thought was good - giving more exciting presents to our children, flying to a friend's wedding, even buying newspapers - turns out also to be bad. It is, perhaps, hardly surprising that so many deny the problem with such religious zeal. But to live in these times without striving to change them is like watching, with serenity, the oncoming truck in your path.

http://www.monbiot.com




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