- reject money as standard, GDP: Mismeasure our lives.
- use vs exchange: start with Marx on commodification;
- leads directly to status of women, inequality of what?
- Digest Piketty, Stiglitz, ++
WB glowing report. Piketty rules, r>g, thus capitalism.
Glowing weakness re [money as measure of value], a major item. Leads to MDG, dashboard, metrics — so overloaded.
From Perlas, also Patrick Geddes (literally). Rich concept and tradition, congruent with livelihood. Authentic, not strategic.
OED: support, maintenance of life. So if pro-life as Creation, then support and maintenance of life is essential. Includes spiritual, moral, cultural, and emotional sustenance.
Yale re tipping points.
Pope gets behind them.
Only a few countries, all poor but horrific consequences. Aging pyramids, w consequences. See WB blogs.
Pop growth (see Ehrlich text) among poorest, so social costs, not growth, will ensue. By def, mortality must increase. Appears not to embed CCIR.
Beef lobbies hard. See Amazon.
CCIR, food production down, shift in ss and dd geography, but pop levels. Randers not concerned, others are. Much tech at work.
Land grabs, see Klare. Brown re food and ag.
Livelihood plays into this. Bad corp behavior re Monsanto, others.
Exxon case divulges my assumption that Crony Capitalism will fight back against Climate Catastrophe. Read Jane Mayer and Naomi Klein.
This case provides the smoking gun evidence that Capitalism will willingly destroy Earth for the sake of profit.
BBG Exxon doubles down, 25% increase, until 2025, $200 bn in new drilling. So contesting Exxon’s expansion: oil in Brazil & Guyuna and LNG in Mozambique and Papua New Guinea, is essential. Climate news. Inflated value of reserves, violating SEC: Climate News good source re tar sands as, like coal, potential stranded resource. See background, nat gas shift. Industry undermines climate talks.
NB, catastrophe as sudden, oed, final, conclusive. So need synonym.
Shift from future to present threat.
|Crony Capitalism in the USA will dominate, especially if a recession hits in 2020 and if Trump wins re-election. Inequality will fester, deficits balloon into the trillions each fiscal year, climate catastrophe will hit earlier and harder than anticipated. Calls for reform to capitalism will contradict falling profits, so the system will become more repressive and reactionary. Democratic norms, practices, and institutions will wither. Trolls will patrol voices to the contrary. Elections will be rigged. Game this out. NYT column.|