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Naomi Klein: How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt

Science & Tech  (tags: scientists, research, Brad Werner, catastrophic global warming, systems theory mitigation, Geophysics, Resistance, revolutionary change, , Harper government )

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What scientists and experts are saying, says Klein, is "that there is still time to avoid catastrophic warming, but not within the rules of capitalism as they are currently constructed. Which may be the best argument we have ever had for changing those...


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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:17 am
'There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance” – movements of “people or groups of people” who “adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture”. According to the abstract for his presentation, this includes “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups”.

Serious scientific gatherings don’t usually feature calls for mass political resistance, much less direct action and sabotage. But then again, Werner wasn’t exactly calling for those things. He was merely observing that mass uprisings of people – along the lines of the abolition movement, the civil rights movement or Occupy Wall Street – represent the likeliest source of “friction” to slow down an economic machine that is careening out of control. We know that past social movements have “had tremendous influence on . . . how the dominant culture evolved”, he pointed out. So it stands to reason that, “if we’re thinking about the future of the earth, and the future of our coupling to the environment, we have to include resistance as part of that dynamics”. And that, Werner argued, is not a matter of opinion, but “really a geophysics problem”.'

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 8:37 am
I'm glad to hear the scientists are taking up the defense of Planet Earth.
My question is, who are they going to tell to change the rules or who is in charge of changing the rules. Those who can change the rules, are they among the demon possessed humans or are they decent folk?

Roger G (148)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 2:10 pm
a Wake up call but will they listen ?

Carmen S (611)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 2:11 pm
Thanks for sharing this, Judy, hope it reaches people.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 4:17 pm
Hard to tell if the politicians and the economic structure will listen. Monsanto and the tea party are set in fossilized stone.
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