Hard to argue with your premise but I question your conclusions. You see a lot of bad acting and ill intent behind what is really normal market activity, what Edmund Burke called, enlightened self interest. It’s not pretty but it’s not necessarily nefrious. Yes, I am a liberal.

The top 1% are doing what they are supposed to do under Burke’s rules and we don’t have to like it — many of us don’t. But I think it’s wrong to attribute nefarious intentions to all of them. The best case to make your point is the effort Exxon-Mobile made to trash the Rockefeller Foundation and family when it called bull-pucky on their misleading propaganda about global warming. That happens and should be singled out but it’s toxic to blame a whole class of people.

Also, the Green New Deal is not a panacea but only the first serious attempt at a solution and it can be improved. I’ve written on this site about the disconnect that the GND, a fundamentally Keynesian economic stimulus, has in a roaring economy. It leaves our side exposed to ridicule from the people we need to convince about climate action. They simply say it’s too expensive and move on.

Here are two important things to consider: we’re at an inflection point where typically disruptive innovation from the private sector drives solutions. You might not like hearing it but government played only a small role in bringing to market telephone, electricity, cable TV, and a few other things. Private industry did it based on the profit motive. I wrote “The Age of Sustainability” from deep analysis of past disruptions and the economic data available. From that it’s plain to me that we are at the start of an economic K-wave, a 50–60 year cycle that will be the greatest jobs and wealth creating era in human history. Instead of complaining about how bad things are right now at the end of a different K-wave, we should be setting our sites on the future.

I have written about all of this on this site.

Second, we are adding 1 billion people to the population per decade right now which is completely unsustainable. The UN estimates (from numerous sources) Earth’s carrying capacity is 10 billion, a number we will reach at mid-century. Many of the social problems we face, both domestic and international, can be traced to an increasingly desperate competition for resources to support basic living. Our greatest challenge is to figure out how to bend that curve and supply enough resources so as to avoid a Hobbesian war of all against all at mid-century or even sooner.

Rather than castigating those at the top of the economic system, I suggest we roll up our sleeves to find real solutions that ensure all of us have a decent future. Yes, those at he top won’t like it, or at least some of them. But our effort has to be focused on collective action (like voting!) and most important, limiting the ranting while trying to look at the biggest picture possible. So much of what we complain about, in my humble opinion, comes from not understanding the big picture and just running our mouths.

I have to get on a plane.

Researcher, author of multiple books including “The Age of Sustainability” about solutions for climate change. Technology, business, economics.

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