Saturday, May 23, 2009

global warming and other problems

I posted this comment on a Beliefnet thread about global warming:

All the problems of the world are knitted up together. Global warming, or general pollution, do not stand alone. They are firmly intertwined with the problem of greed, feudal business practices, lack of democratic understanding, authoritarian outlooks, too much respect for money and too little respect for work or humanity.

If businesses were run democratically, for the good of the people doing the work and for the commons as well as those with "ownership", then greed would not have us over a barrel so badly, and we could decide, as a community, how much pollution we want to tolerate and what we want to do about it. But, as it stands now, it is no individual, but the system who decides. And the system has no conscience, and does not breathe the air or drink the water, and it is set up to make rich people richer and poor people poorer rather than to give money to those who actually do the work. (That's why they call them "workers".)