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George Monbiot – The Mendacity of Hope

George Monbiot – The Mendacity of Hope | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

This week’s earth summit in Rio de Janeiro is a ghost of the glad, confident meeting 20 years ago. By now, the leaders who gathered in the same city in 1992 told us, the world’s environmental problems were to have been solved. But all they have generated is more meetings, which will continue until the delegates, surrounded by rising waters, have eaten the last rare dove, exquisitely presented with an olive leaf roulade. The biosphere, that world leaders promised to protect, is in a far worse state than it was 20 years ago(1). Is it not time to recognise that they have failed?

 

These summits have failed for the same reason that the banks have failed. Political systems which were supposed to represent everyone now return governments of millionaires, financed by and acting on behalf of billionaires. The past 20 years have been a billionaires’ banquet. At the behest of corporations and the ultra-rich, governments have removed the constraining decencies – the laws and regulations – which prevent one person from destroying another. To expect governments funded and appointed by this class to protect the biosphere and defend the poor is like expecting a lion to live on gazpacho.

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Going beyond work: separating meaning and money, and surviving in the meanwhile | Edgeryders

Going beyond work: separating meaning and money, and surviving in the meanwhile | Edgeryders | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

It was about power. It was not about money, it was about power. I'd begun to understand that, at a profound level, the goals of the market, the goals of capitalism, were directly opposed to my own personal goals for my life and the world, at least in most cases.

 

- by Vinay Gupta @leashless

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Vision and empowerment: the Spiderman moment

Vision and empowerment: the Spiderman moment | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

What goes through Peter Parker’s mind when he first realizes he has superpowers? This scene in the original Spiderman movie sent chills up my spine. What goes through your head in a moment of vision? ‘I am alive, I am empowered, I have the capacity to think, feel, act, and experience life in some way’. In a moment of vision, we understand our sources of power and our powers themselves. We realize that we are empowered through having the capacity to think, feel, do, and be.

 

By Tim Rayner

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Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who's really pulling the strings...

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