Lovelock: Authoritarian System Needed to Deal with Global Warming  

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Cryptogon points to a Guardian article quoting James Lovelock saying that we may need to suspend democracy in order to deal with global warming - Lovelock: Authoritarian System Needed to Deal with Global Warming. Of course, given that he thinks humanity is doomed to collapse to a few remnant breeding pairs in the arctic, it would seem that politics wouldn't be high on the agenda in future if his predictions are true, so maybe he should just shut up (or at least be ignored from here on in).

We need a more authoritative world. We’ve become a sort of cheeky, egalitarian world where everyone can have their say. It’s all very well, but there are certain circumstances – a war is a typical example – where you can’t do that. You’ve got to have a few people with authority who you trust who are running it. And they should be very accountable too, of course.

But it can’t happen in a modern democracy. This is one of the problems. What’s the alternative to democracy? There isn’t one. But even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while.


Anonymous   says 11:12 AM

A: We don't have a Democracy because one has never existed on this planet. What realities in your life did you get to vote on? Claiming that we have an "egalitarian world where everyone can have their say." is absurd when 20% of the population controls 90% of the wealth. (Citigroup's figures, not mine)

B: "AUTHOR-ity" is just that- it's when a bunch of aristocrats get together and AUTHOR a document then Force it down eveyones' throat at Gunpoint. Words on paper don't mean a thing, like our so-called "bill of rights". Paper proclamations don't create Physical Reality. Sovereignty is INHERENT and having it respected must be demanded by the individual.

C: Wars are just another business opportunity for the ruling class,(who own the military industrial complex) not an "emergency" or a "necessary" thing unless one is attacked, and even then, the attack is usualy provoked or the result of a "False Flag" operation by thse same aristocrats looking to expand their power & wealth. Like WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Quwait, Afghanistan & Iraq all were.

"But even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being." - Again, this assumes that Democracy exists to begin with. Did YOU get to vote for what your tax dollars are spent on? No. Hence, no democracy. It's just a word politicians use to keep your CONfidence thier game, not a reality. Politics, Religion & Economics are mutually reinforcing CON Games where the house always wins. Your Confidence is required for them to work. But is yuor confidence in them Justified? That is the question.

It's time that humans started creating thier own reality and stopped considering "Authority" to be in charge of their lives. To quote Gerald Massey "They must find it difficult, those that take authority as truth, rather than Truth as authority."

No other species on this planet needs govenrment and I don't see why the (supposedly) most intelligent one should either. I don't want or need to be governed, I am capable of doing that myself. I'm a big boy now, and don't need mommy to tell me what to do. As Ben Franklin said "Those who would give up even a little freedom for safety & security deserve, and will receive neither."

We need to look to ourselves for governance, not some institution made up of corrupt power mongers who wish to exploit the working class. You say there is no alternative to demcracy, but that's just not true - if you study history, you can see that there are other forms of group decicion making available. Consensus is the best of these but requires, intelligent, non-labeled, & open minded people to work. I would suggest reading "The Chalice and The Blade" to gain a larger historical perspective on human history and the ways our societies used to be structured. You will never view anything the same again.

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