Position: Capo di Tutti Capi
The conversation needs to change, now. Right now. The old memes of capitalism vs communism vs sharia vs utopianism need to be laid to rest. They scramble the potential for a productive dialogue by flaming passions and closing minds. RIP old comrades! The overriding issue being ignored by all the exponents of the various ideologies is Rampant Industrialism and why it’s killing us.
Industrialism (Sociology) an organization of society characterized by large-scale mechanized manufacturing industry rather than trade, farming, etc Free Dictionary.
So much for the formal definition of industrialism. What should be of concern world-wide is the “ism” part. It’s foolish to fault the so called Industrial Revolution which brought ease and plenty to a made-by-hand world. It is idle to attempt to distinguish the moment when the plethora of goods and services began to define our lives. But in today’s entitlement society any movement to slow down or critique the flow of new “stuff” produces charges of apostasy or Luddism despite compelling evidence the planet is in trouble and the end of our life on Earth a distinct possibility.
Rampant Industrialism has become shibboleth; a collective lunacy that shows little sign of abatement before the mass goes critical and cannot be undone. That little imp of an ‘ism’ is hard at work. We no longer can endure the championing of pet ideologies and demonizing of all others. The grace period for grandstanding has passed and soap boxes need descending from, pronto.
These are the same reckonings that give voice, when the oceans rise and the tides threaten to swamp us, to the universal cry, “Save our cities!” That consuming, seductive impulse to dig it all up; to heat it to hard and to erect it toward the heavens is now worldwide. Wherever and whenever possible another phallic oasis goes up, along some waterway, somewhere. Behold the city our prized accomplishment, issues from the dread, near universal mind-set, of Rampant Industrialism.
A species that cannot stop short of putting one more motor vehicle on roads already burdened with one billion as of 2010 and heading for two billion in 2020 serves blindly the dark God of Industrialism.
A species so enamored of itself that even reaching 7 billion mortal copies is not daunted and blissfully assumes that ten billion meals will appear miraculously each day, cooked, served and eaten by those teeming minions. No untoward impact on an already overburdened planet noted or tallied, thank you.
“Save our cities!”. Forget our rivers, bayous, bays and deltas being salt water inundated thus threatening the worlds fish hatcheries. Never mind the seas receiving the flotsam and jetsam of all those flooded out chemical, fertilizer and nuclear installations that abut the rising waters. Also overlook millions of acres of cropland salt infused and barren. “Save the cities!… Please.” This, the catechism and orthodoxy of Rampant Industrialism, prayerfully brayed to the Patron Saints of Progress.
It don’t matter a smidgen if you are a dedicated anarco-capitalist; a world striding flat-earther or a ernest Rosicrusian, if your contribution to the future of mankind is owning a family sedan or having another child, despite all lofty sentiments and ringing slogans, you are part of the problem. You help support Rampant Industrialism which champions unlimited growth; a near fatal error in the contemporary life equation.
Unsold cars waiting waiting to roll in Spain.