Human civilization as we all know it’s careening towards collapse attributable to local weather change and the proliferation of nuclear weapons and fashionable society lacks the power and can to save lots of itself, political scholar and writer CJ Polychroniou wrote in a sobering Widespread Goals editorial on Saturday.
Polychroniou’s reasoning is straightforward – that unfettered Western Capitalism, which he dubbed “a extremely irrational system for assembly human wants and needs” – has created an unsustainable tradition whereby “a tiny proportion of the inhabitants is rich past creativeness” which “compromises democracy, subverts the ‘widespread good,’ and promotes a tradition of a dog-eat-dog world.”
The system of “consultant democracy has fallen utterly into the palms of a moneyed oligarchy that controls humanity’s future. Democracy not exists in any significant sense,” Polychroniou wrote. “The ‘widespread good’ is lifeless, and as a substitute, we have now atomized, segmented societies through which the weak, the poor, and powerless are left on the mercy of the gods.”
The 2 largest threats to our lifestyle and our collective futures are local weather change and the unfold of entry to nuclear weapons, Polychroniou defined.
Man-made international warming “threatens to result in the collapse of a lot of civilized life if it continues unabated. The extent to which the up to date world is able to addressing the results of the local weather disaster— heatwaves, frequent wildfires, longer intervals of drought, rising sea ranges, waves of mass migration — is certainly very a lot unsure. Furthermore, it is usually unclear if a transition to wash vitality sources, which is gradual to emerge, even suffices at this level in an effort to comprise the additional rising of temperatures. To make sure, the worldwide local weather disaster will produce within the not-too-distant future main financial disasters, social upheavals, and political instability,” he lamented.
“If the local weather change disaster will not be sufficient to make one satisfied that we reside in ominously harmful instances, add to the above image the ever-present menace of nuclear weapons. In truth, the specter of a nuclear struggle or the potential of nuclear assaults might be extra pronounced in right this moment’s international surroundings than every other time because the daybreak of the atomic age,” Polychroniou continued. “A multipolar world with nuclear weapons is a much more unstable surroundings than a bipolar world with nuclear weapons, notably if we have in mind the rising presence and affect of non-state actors, similar to excessive terrorist organizations, and the unfold of irrational and/or fundamentalist pondering, which has emerged as the brand new plague in lots of nations around the globe, together with in the beginning america.”
Though Capitalism “has demonstrated an uncanny means to evolve, and might simply co-exist with several types of regimes, starting from social-democracy to dictatorship,” Polychroniu concluded, “it’s ruining the Earth, and except we will tame this irrational financial system and, above all else, cast off its habit to fossil fuels, the collapse of civilized social order is a close to certainty. Then the floodgates of barbarism might be broad open.”