Fascism, Racism and Environmental Injustice ~ Naomi Klein

Basically, I looked at Naomi Klein’s facebook page posts, and decided to share the information. Shamelessly, judiciously; regarding fascism, racism and environmental injustice. The text below accompanying the article on the need to abolish fascism, I was unable to select/copy/past the text on Chrome or Safari on my iPad, so I typed it in order to share. 

It’s basically about the fact that abolishing racism needs to go hand in hand with abolishing capitalism that is in the reins of corporations, rather then the people owning and operating their resources and utilities, and putting their own effort and mutual trust into the commons, from which they also profit. Racism is a part of a larger picture of objectifying nature. Therefore we need to look differently upon how we utilize and share our resources. When we are in control of how we use our land, we will be approaching differently. Instead of viewing ‘work’ and ‘jobs’ that sabotage the natural world and spoil our immediate surroundings, we can choose to put our insights, time and labor into ‘re-creating’; contributing to beautifying, cleaning, and manifesting sustainable energy, housing and land that enhances the habitats of the other creatures with whom we share our planet.

America Needs to Break the Back of its Fascist Movement Now — Or Else

written by Umair Haque

Kristallnacht is all about the normalization of fascism that lead to the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.

The article is basically about the fact that abolishing racism needs to go hand in hand with abolishing capitalism, which is in the reins of corporations, rather then the people owning and operating their resources and utilities. We can put effort and mutual trust into creating and developing our commons, from which they also profit. Racism is a part of a larger picture of objectifying nature. Therefore we need to look differently upon how we utilize and share our resources. When we are in control of how we use our land, we will be approaching differently. Instead of viewing ‘work’ and ‘jobs’ that sabotage the natural world and spoil our immediate surroundings, we can choose to put our insights, time and labor into ‘re-creating’; contributing to beautifying, cleaning, and manifesting sustainable energy, housing and land that enhances the habitats of the other creatures with whom we share our planet.

Here’s the writing that accompanied the article, by Naomi Klein:

“Calls to ‘Defund the police’ and ‘Abolish the police’ are not just a call to reign in the arm of the state that is brutalizing and murdering African-Americans and minorities, it is rightly a call for community control of state institutions.  

This call is in line with what happened at Capitol Hill on 6 January 2021, for the police have now exposed themselves as being predominantly white supremacist, leaving a minority of officers not knowing what was going to happen, to defend Capitol Hill….against police officers and US military tied to fascism and white supremacy. 

Of the 72 million voters for Trump, about 15,000 laid siege to the Capitol. Of about 75 million Democratic voters, there is still disillusionment with both parties. 

What does that mean? If reflects 5 things:

1. The economy after 2008 has changed. It is now based on and surviving on debt. The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) saw the US govt. hand $ trillions to banks (but not to people) …and it is this govt. debt that is keeping capitalism afloat. (Yes, the debt that future American youths will have to pay off).  

In the GFC, people lost their homes, jobs, were evicted, and houses sat empty with windows smashed and graffiti after banks sold them, while people moved into cardboard boxes and ate from charities. 

2. Capitalism globally is unable to create jobs. It is no longer a job-creating machine. 

The main areas where jobs are now being created are in mining (yes, digging out things that don’t belong to American corporations, for they belong to First Nations) or clean energy. 

The exceptions are a few countries like China which has bounced out of a Covid-driven recession. 

3. Where there is economic crisis, there will be political crisis. 

The alternative to Trump that is being offered in the US, is what the US had before Trump…which are the very conditions that led people to vote for Trump. 

This i no rib-digging, please listen carefully. It is unfortunate that the Democrats have never been able to answer this question:

“What will you do to increase job security and create job opportunities?” This is why they have lost a chunk of workers’ votes.

The crisis of capitalism will continue to affect the Biden administration as it needs to choose between “subsidizing and defending corporations”, or “funding people and cutting their purse strings from corporations”. 

4. Let’s look at the phrase “All Live Matter”. Capitalists and Republicans are all about ‘gas-lighting-, which is a form of abuse and violence. They have no respect for people’s demands. 

In Australia, a royal commission investigation into abuse of the elderly in nursing homes, and of people with a disability in institutional care, saw the govt. immediately adopt the recommendations. 

This also happened after an investigation into the hotel quarantine system that allowed Covid-19 to rip through the elderly in nursing homes.

But the govt. hardly took up any recommendations after the commission investigation into why so many First Nations people have been dying when in contact with the police in a police van, in an overnight jail cell, or in custody. Yes, police have been murdering Aboriginal people regularly. 

Since that investigation that released 339 recommendations in 1991, over 440 Aboriginal people continue to be killed by the police, without any police conviction. 

And when people say ‘Black Lives Matter’, the Australian conservative govt. says ‘no, all lives matter’. It’s like saying to the investigation into the elderly or disabled…’Elderly Lives matter, we need to fund services for the Elderly properly’, they instead say ‘No, all lives matter, we don’t need to fund services for the Elderly anymore than for anyone else’. 

Call it out as gas-lighting. They use a statement of equality to undermine our “call for equality”. Throw back at them phrases like ‘Racist, racist, racist…’ when they question our chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’….because they are gas-lighters and abusers.

5. Capitalists do not care about our free speech. The corporations fired Colin Kaepernick when he expressed himself under the 1st Amendment. If they believe in free speech, they would not be trying to capture Edward Snowden or Julian Assange. 

The capitalists’ push for ‘free speech’ for fascists, is to normalize and spread racism, hate speech and fascism.

FREEDOM FOR THE FASCISTS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS IS DEATH FOR THE REST OF US.

So in conclusion, of the 72 million Trump voters who did not lay siege to the Capitol, we need to break the backs of the fascists to show voters that there is an alternative hope in the hopelessness offered by capitalism. 

This means that in the US, it’s time to join our “Labor Actions to Defend Democracy”, “united against Hate”, First Nations’ movements, our ‘Black Lives Matter’ groups, and importantly our unions…and organize national movements. 

We know it’s possible to have mass movements on the streets that are Covid-safe, political, strong and can move the state to make changes in our call for solutions and answers that we need to hear.

In the rise of racism and fascism, we need to build a militant, non-compromising, anti-racist movement that fights for a better world, a better way of doing things.

This is the only way we can push the Biden administration to go further in prioritizing the people over corporations. This is the only way we can stop Trumpism even when Trump is gone. 

In other countries, there will be equivalent organizations. We all have racists to address, by setting the example that we will fight for a better society on our own terms, defy capitalism, and will break the backs of fascism.

From the fascism in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Chile, India, Hungary, Israel and other places, past and present….we say ‘Never Again’. 

And also featured as a post on Naomi Klein’s facebook page, is this article about what is neglected to being mentioned in the news, day after day, week after week.

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

written by Phoebe Weston

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Propose a “Humanity Without Borders” Commission made of Collaborative countries to Create Jobs & Place Refugees Worldwide into 1. Renewable Energy Production Operations 2. Affordable Elderly Care Positions

Propose a “Humanity Without Borders” Commission made of Collaborative countries to Create Jobs>Place Refugees Worldwide into 1. Renewable Energy Production Operations (Wind, Solar, Wave, Geothermal) 2. Affordable Elderly Care Positions

renewable energy wordcloud

renewable energy wordcloud

Given: there are as many opinions as there are fingerprints. Some are more molded into particular alignments with a given fraternity, community, language group or identification with a particular religious, political or economic regime. I’ve listened to a number of different opinions in the last 10 days, all pretty educated ones; ranging from the idealistic to the pragmatic. Each provide lessons.

helping hands elderly care

helping hands elderly care

I think that the whole world needs to make some radical, revolutionary changes in response to all of the things happening right now. There is no choice to maintain the status quo of how things are. People need to step out of their comfort zones and into more proactive than reactive stances. Step out of their insular communities and look and act with a larger incentive; that of recapturing a sense that there is more to life than merely the exchange rate and a particular point of view. What is happening now with the climate, the pollution, the higher levels of economic and racial inequality and the dissemination of species and the mass exodus of peoples from lands all over the world due to economic or political crisis, is unprecedented. And that this flow of migration away from the regions with such bleak circumstances is in many ways connected to and because of what is happening or produced and exported – directly or indirectly – from other more powerful nations of the world. This exodus from lower altitude lying countries, along with Carbon Dioxide levels, will only rise, unless we do something about it.

heart wordcloud ederly care

heart wordcloud ederly care

Everyone is going to have to face this challenge. A challenge beyond aeons of fraternal arguing, religious opposition, power mongering and basing everything on the GDP and finance. Man’s energy choices have resulted in the degradation of the earth and all of its creatures, along with more severe extreme weather patterns. And now, amalgamating into a flood of people from their bleak circumstances. The additional challenge is a growing aging population that also deserve the respect and dignity of having their needs met.

I propose “Humanity Without Borders

I say, create the room and motive to solve several crises with the same goal; to relocate people by establishing a Humanity Without Borders board made up of dozens of different membership countries. Their mission: to relocate refugees with dignity, and placement into work.

The world has been watching a flood of refugees from all over the world; central American towards their Northern neighbors, Syria, North, East and Central Africans into Europe, lured by smugglers, who like drug dealers, are mostly intent on making a profit, by any means possible. We’ve been watching as people have been herded into horrific conditions and treated with anger, fright and contempt.

This is something that is bigger than any one nation can handle, and once again, perhaps created because of these foreign lands that they are fleeing towards, indirectly from the financial model and directly because of the CO2 levels rising, affecting the weather patterns to such an extreme that their resources are depleting as the unrest and political turmoil rises. These small-time smugglers are profiteering on delivering people out of their sordid environments as if they’re fugitives.

Yet we could construct something to solve the tensions, perhaps even slow down the desire to abandon their own countries, by creating a global panel representative of a host of different ethnicities and governments worldwide, to join in this emergent “Humanity Without Borders” mission: to place refugees worldwide into working towards the production of renewable energy plants worldwide, and the service of the elderly in the growing populations of elderly and declining birthrates in several nations of the Western World including the USA and Germany as well as Japan and China in the Eastern Hemisphere, to be trained in healthcare.

This would be creating jobs and placing people into sustainable economic conditions, while helping with the crushing demand of restructuring our infrastucture towards renewable and clean energy to curb the pollution and destructive dirty energy practices of oil and coal, and fulfill the need for human assistance to elderly. Empowerment, a growth in quality of life, a renewal of the environment and a cross-generational reach to honor the dignity of life into old age, would be just some of the positive repercussions of this placement.

Perhaps, a mass transformation of building towards renewable and ecologically sustainable production and practices, would dramatically improve the quality of well, everything.

jobs 2012 renewable energy

jobs 2012 renewable energy

There is no shortage of jobs! There is a shortage of the means of funding a complete restructuring of the industries as we know them. But there are examples of great ingenuity and success stories of renewable energy everywhere.

There is no shortage of money! Just look at the amount of campaign money in the United States presidential race. A Choice of Billionaires. There are two categories in demand globally in goods and services: 1. restructuring energy production to put large scale renewable energy systems in place – solar, wind, geothermal, wave, etc. and 2. the service of care, particularly for aging populations in the US, Japan, China etc,

My idea to curtail and meet the worldwide refugee challenge: the creation of a non-denominational, non-politically or religiously aligned panel of members of the world community Humanity Without Borders, based at the UN Headquarters for example.

It can be done. China has exemplified achieving massive construction in an astoundingly short period of time. Though clearly not without experiencing the fallout of industrialization, they have also created some quite green enterprises.

This is my proposal, and if you want to read further, here’s how I arrived at this idea, what influenced me.

green planet renewable energy

green planet renewable energy

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I listened to Annie Leonard’s Story of Solutions; her response to our Western consumer driven capitalistic mode. I’ve listened to the historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz talk of the growing trends that point to the systemic failures of the current model of Capitalism. His book discusses decentralizing alternatives, leading to the democratization of wealth and ownership. “If you don’t like capitalism or state socialism, what do you want?” He talks of systemic change nurturing principles of Democracy, Ownership, Community and Ecological Sustainability; a Pluralist Commonwealth.

I’ve listened to the Pope and read Daily Kos : excerpts of The Popes Encyclical. Time magazine September 28, 2015 issue with Bernie Sanders on the cover, has an article about the Pope by Elizabeth Dias, “The New Roman Empire”, http://time.com in which she describes his impact in the world. “The Pope’s activism will be put to the test on his visit to the U.S.…seen by many as a wellspring of some of the global ills he has attacked – corporate greed, colonial exploitation, economic inequality – and his pronouncements on everything from climate change to immigration…His climate encyclical scope was wide: it talked about everything from individuals’ air-conditioning use to how environmental degradation is causing poverty and migration…calling for a bold cultural revolution, for example, Francis said the rich and powerful were pushing a model of development based on fossil-fuel consumption that ended up hurting the poor.”

I’ve also learned of the Band of Sisters, the Universe Story & Ecotheology, a transformative view of Catholic priests which is becoming a movement, identifying the supremacy of nature and our place in it as ecotheology. Wherein the quality of life is based on our spiritual relationship to the Earth, as opposed to being economically based.

I listened to my brother in law, Graeam Cohen, a well learned British businessman and historian with knowledge and understanding of the conflicts occurring presently between different religious groups in Europe and the Middle East as well as an historic understanding of the roots of the world as it is today. His pragmatic understanding of the status quo, is that the hegemonies of the world are run through economics and power/money and military might. He points out that the history of western civilization stems back to the Greeks and Romans, in which the military was an irrevocable part of the larger scheme of rule and control. Today, corporations as any other business enterprises are ultimately protected under the sovereignty of the land in which they are incorporated. Corporations don’t have military to protect themselves, they have lobbyists, as do every other group.

He spoke casually of the fallouts of an occasional polluted stream or earth quake as being perhaps burdensome, but inevitable natural consequences of moving ahead with the production of the economic machine, which must, must keep producing and making a profit. This is measuring the world’s teetering economic balance with the stick of the GDP. Easier said, when you aren’t living directly next to a petroleum or coal based industry that borders your back yard. I can understand his points, and don’t doubt that they are exceedingly accurate in capturing what most businessmen would also be inclined to view as what is of utmost importance: economic strength, military might which protects the hegemony in a world which is heavily dependent on finance. A world of business that mostly responds to the urgency of making a profit and often with short-sighted, short-term goals and not much of an inspiration to think beyond that model.

Yet I believe, as the speakers at the New Economy forum and https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/economist-john-maynard-keynes-vision-of-the-wto/, that there are indeed alternatives.

What if, everyone would grow gardens in their back yards, along with town, community and neighborhood gardens. What if fruit and nut trees were planted everywhere – with plants and crops suitable climatically and geographically to that region – with the surplus going directly back into the community? what if a massive infrastructure for recycling, waste, water run-off and transportation overhauls were created > with the intention to create cleaner, safer, less polluted, ecologically sustainable and more attractive communities. What if there was an overhaul in creating green transportation alternatives; bike lanes, bicycles, hydrogen cell/solar/electric/salt water powered automobiles, maglev high speed train lines, clean and energy efficient interregional train systems.

And that a new expedient United Nations driven unilaterally representative group help to expedite the strategic placement of people all over the world.
What if it actually could be done?