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Reclaim the Future

1872035_Ivanpah_aerial_shot-1024x683.jpgI have successfully pitched and am writing a book that argues for a meaningful response to the climate crisis in terms of the truism from Einstein to the effect that ‘we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.’ As currently set out now, the book, entitled Reclaim the Future, will explore this concept as a matter of political economy, history and international relations, exploring the origins of the climate crisis in the 14th century origins of industrial capitalism, and examining it as a consequence of treating the planet as an infinite resource and infinite garbage dump.

Reclaim the Future will argue that while some might fear and dread the necessary radical change to transcend the thinking that produced the climate crisis, as their privileges depend on the maintenance of the world as it is, the world can no longer afford to subsidise their lifestyles. It will argue that, if there are no jobs on a dead planet, then there are certainly no class and social privileges on one, and that capitalism as an unsustainable system that supports class privilege prevails not because of its moral virtues but as an expression of power and because of its serviceability to the class privileges of elites.

Reclaim the Future will argue that having been hollowed out and co-opted by transnational corporations, traditional liberalism and social democracy are too much part of the problem either to be effective or to fulfill the basic prerequisite for success, again, in being able to transcend the thinking that produced the problem. It will further contend that politics as usual with a bit of a green slant suffers from the same complaint, as do purported alternatives based in the market and traditional radical alternatives, as they all share the common complaint of not maintaining a basic harmony between means and outcomes (being that the means we employ tend to determine the outcomes we get, if not to also reflect those we actually want).

Reclaim the Future will argue that a sustainable future will be one where those of us who participate in production can guarantee a sustainable economy because we control the conditions of our work directly. It will argue that it will be this or not at all, and that the same goes for the means used to achieve it.

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