Regardless of monumental ongoing effort over greater than a thousand years, throughout and because the formation and shaping of the fashionable world, and because the variety of points being contested has steadily elevated, activists of many sorts have made inadequate progress on key points, notably in relation to ending violence and conflict (and the specter of nuclear warfare), stopping the exploitation of many peoples and halting the infinite assaults on Earth’s biosphere.
In fact, to ensure that these of us who determine as activists to have any prospect of success in these and different endeavors, we have to perceive how the world works and to develop an interrelated set of nonviolent methods which are being successfully carried out to deal with every of the important thing points of this disaster.
It’s because there’s a nice deal mistaken with how the human world features and a staggering quantity that must be finished if we’re to repair it and protect the planetary biosphere in doing so, notably provided that the first threats at the moment are so critical that human extinction is more likely to happen inside a number of years. See ‘Human Extinction by 2026? A Final Ditch Technique to Struggle for Human Survival’.
In fact, if human governance methods, starting from worldwide organizations just like the United Nations and its numerous businesses to nationwide, provincial and native governments functioned successfully, then we’d anticipate these businesses, which theoretically perform on our behalf, to have addressed these issues a very long time in the past. Or to take action now.
Nevertheless, for causes which are readily identifiable, these businesses have little energy and routinely malfunction (from the viewpoints of peculiar individuals and the planetary biosphere).
So let me begin by briefly explaining how the world works after which elaborating a couple of key factors about technique in an effort to select, if you want (and, problematically, assuming there’s nonetheless time), to play a extra lively and efficient position, in a number of methods, within the wrestle to make our world one in every of peace, justice and sustainability.
How the World Works: A Temporary Historical past
The formal human governance methods on Earth – that’s, governments and intergovernmental organizations such because the United Nations – are managed by the worldwide elite which is invisible to, and therefore not thought-about by, most individuals together with activists. This, in fact, is how the elite needs it and one can nonetheless readily discover accounts that ask if the elite (by no matter identify it’s given) truly exists and even ascribe it a mystical high quality. If the thought just isn’t merely written off as a ‘conspiracy concept’.
Nicely the worldwide elite exists and its membership may be readily recognized. However let me begin by briefly outlining how the worldwide elite acquired its extraordinary management over world affairs.
Following the Neolithic revolution 12,000 years in the past, agriculture allowed human settlement to supersede the hunter-gatherer financial system. Nevertheless, whereas the Neolithic revolution occurred spontaneously in a number of elements of the world, a number of the Neolithic societies that emerged in Asia, Europe, Central America and South America resorted to growing levels of social management with a view to obtain quite a lot of social and financial outcomes, together with elevated effectivity in meals manufacturing.
Civilizations emerged simply over 5,000 years in the past and, using this greater diploma of social management, have been characterised by cities or cities, environment friendly meals manufacturing permitting a big minority of the group to be engaged in additional specialised actions, a centralized paperwork and the follow of expert warfare. See ‘A Critique of Human Society because the Neolithic Revolution’.
With the emergence of civilization, elites of an area nature (such because the Pharoahs of Egypt), elites with imperial attain (together with Roman emperors), elites of a spiritual nature (reminiscent of Popes and officers of the Vatican), elites of an financial character (notably the Metropolis of London Company) and elites of a ‘nationwide’ sort (particularly the monarchies of Europe) progressively emerged, primarily to handle the administration related to sustaining and increasing their realms (political, monetary and/or spiritual).
Following the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, which formally established the nation-state system, nationwide elites, more and more of an financial nature as capitalism progressively developed and quickly expanded, consolidated their maintain over nationwide societies and, as these elites internationalized their attain within the following centuries, by the second half of the C20th, a very international elite had consolidated its management over the world.
Consciousness of elites in earlier eras has been famous by some authors. For instance, in his 1775 e-book An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith famous that ‘All for ourselves, and nothing for different individuals, appears, in all ages of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind’.
However the work of C. Wright Mills in his 1956 basic The Energy Elite is the unique scholarly effort of the post-World Warfare II period to doc the character of this elite, the way it features and why it had complete management over US nationwide society. In fact, regardless of scholarship of this nature, which has been added to routinely ever since, most individuals nonetheless consider the elite-sponsored delusion that worldwide organizations, such because the United Nations, and nationwide governments even have some vital say in world affairs.
To leap to the current then, for the perfect current account of how the worldwide elite manifests in the present day, see the ebook by Professor Peter Phillips titled Giants: The International Energy Elite. On this guide, Phillips identifies the world’s prime seventeen asset administration companies, akin to BlackRock and J.P Morgan Chase, that collectively handle greater than $US41.1 trillion in a self-invested community of interlocking capital that spans the globe. The seventeen Giants function in almost each nation on the earth and are ‘the central establishments of the monetary capital that powers the worldwide financial system’. They spend money on something thought-about worthwhile, starting from ‘agricultural lands on which indigenous farmers are changed by energy elite buyers’ to public belongings (comparable to power and water utilities), to fossil fuels, nuclear energy and struggle.
Extra exactly, Phillips identifies the 199 particular person administrators of the seventeen international monetary Giants and the significance of these transnational establishments that serve a unifying perform – together with the World Financial institution, Worldwide Financial Fund, G20, G7, World Commerce Group (WTO), World Financial Discussion board (WEF), Trilateral Fee, Bilderberg Group, Financial institution for Worldwide Settlements and Council on Overseas Relations – and notably two essential international elite policy-planning organizations: the Group of Thirty (which has 32 members) and the prolonged government committee of the Trilateral Fee (which has 55 members).
And Phillips rigorously explains why and the way the worldwide elite defends its energy, income and privilege towards insurrection by the ‘unruly exploited plenty’: ‘the International Energy Elite makes use of NATO and the US army empire for its worldwide safety. That is a part of an increasing technique of US army domination all over the world, whereby the US/ NATO army empire, suggested by the facility elite’s Atlantic Council, operates in service to the Transnational Company Class for the safety of worldwide capital all over the place on the planet’.
‘The US army empire stands on lots of of years of colonial exploitation and continues to help repressive, exploitative governments that cooperate with international capital’s imperial agenda. Governments that settle for exterior capital funding, whereby a small phase of a rustic’s elite advantages, achieve this understanding that capital inevitably requires a return on funding that entails utilizing up assets and other people for financial achieve. The entire system continues wealth focus for elites and expanded wretched inequality for the plenty….
‘Understanding everlasting struggle as an financial aid valve for surplus capital is an important a part of comprehending capitalism on the planet right now. Warfare offers funding alternative for the Giants and Transnational Company Class elites and a assured return on capital. Conflict additionally serves a repressive perform of protecting the struggling plenty of humanity afraid and compliant.’
If you need to learn different books which additionally give a transparent sense of elites and their brokers working past the regulation to the extraordinary detriment of humanity and the Earth, then I strongly advocate William Blum’s basic Killing Hope: U.S. Army and CIA Interventions Since World Conflict II and Paul L. Williams’ eye-opening account of Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA and the Mafia.
In plain language then: The worldwide elite manages human governance techniques for its profit with no concern for strange individuals – who’re thought-about unworthy – or the planetary biosphere. And an important perform that worldwide businesses and governments carry out, from the elite perspective, is that they seem to have management over sure jurisdictions and issues in order that related constituencies focus their efforts, for instance, on ‘altering authorities coverage’ or altering the get together in authorities. By having activist effort targeted on lobbying governments or altering the celebration in authorities, this effort is absorbed and dissipated; therefore, nothing of consequence modifications as a result of the elite has vital management over all main political processes, events and their insurance policies.
In fact, I ought to add that the elite is sensible sufficient to make it seem like one thing has modified sometimes, maybe by permitting a small concession after years of effort (invariably on a ‘social’ difficulty, corresponding to homosexual marriage, that doesn’t adversely influence their energy, income and privilege), so that the majority activist effort stays targeted on governments and worldwide governmental businesses. The elite additionally permits a ‘genuinely progressive’ candidate to emerge frequently in order that activists are once more suckered into placing effort into electoral outcomes somewhat than constructing actions for broad-based social transformation based mostly on grassroots organizing.
In managing their already huge and endlessly accumulating wealth the worldwide elite siphons a staggering quantity of monetary assets out of the worldwide financial system day by day and channels these assets by way of secretive tax havens to evade tax. Globally, $US10billion of wealth produced by the labor of bizarre individuals is ‘misplaced’ every week on this approach and greater than 10% of worldwide monetary wealth (which doesn’t embrace non-financial wealth starting from racehorses and yachts to artworks and gold bars) is now hidden in these secrecy jurisdictions. See ‘Elite Banking at Your Expense: How Secretive Tax Havens are Used to Steal Your Cash’.
A small proportion (however however vital quantity) of elite wealth is used to create and handle the dominant narrative in relation to the state of the world by financing manufacturing of this narrative, generated by elite assume tanks, after which distributed via schooling methods, the leisure business and the company media. Briefly, we’re bombarded with elite propaganda, given names similar to ‘schooling’, ‘leisure’ and ‘information’, that hopelessly distorts widespread notion of what’s happening.
So why does all the above occur?
In essence: international elite management of formal human governance methods for its personal profit is an consequence of the worldwide elite’s madness, in addition to the madness of those that serve it. ‘So what’s sanity?’ you may ask.
Sanity is outlined because the capability to think about a set of circumstances, to rigorously analyze the proof pertaining to these circumstances, to determine the reason for any battle or drawback, and to reply appropriately and strategically, each emotionally and intellectually, to that battle or drawback with the intention of resolving it, ideally at a better degree of want satisfaction for all events (together with these of the Earth and all of its dwelling creatures). For a fuller rationalization, see ‘The International Elite is Insane Revisited’ with much more element in ‘Why Violence?’ and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Rules and Follow’. In short, people who will not be extremely psychologically broken, don’t behave as described above.
In essence then, whereas the outline of how the world works provided above is correct, it’s pushed by an insane elite – endlessly and compulsively accumulating revenue, energy and privilege on the expense of strange individuals and the biosphere – and the madness of those that serve the elite, akin to nearly all politicians and businesspeople, bankers and accountants, judges and legal professionals, teachers and company media personnel.
Therefore, struggles for peace, justice, sustainability and liberation (from army occupation, dictatorship, genocidal assault, coups and invasions), by numerous means (together with these that are nonviolent), fail far too typically. However not simply due to the big energy of the worldwide elite. They fail as a result of activists don’t perceive how the world works, together with how the elite workouts its energy and, within the case of those that use nonviolent motion explicitly, they fail when activists don’t perceive the psychology, politics and technique of nonviolent wrestle. And whereas these topics usually are not difficult, they do require time to study.
To reiterate then, the reply to the query ‘Why do activists fail?’ is that this: Nearly all activists don’t perceive technique and so they don’t marketing campaign strategically. Because of this something executed – whether or not a choice in a gathering, a telephone name or e mail, an motion or occasion deliberate and executed – merely fails to have the influence it might have. Let me elaborate this rationalization utilizing simply three primary elements (out of twelve) of sound nonviolent technique.
Earlier than doing so I ought to emphasize that I’m speaking about those that determine as ‘activists’. I’m not speaking about lobbyists (or those that use activism within the service of lobbying). Furthermore, I’m assuming that each one activists are utilizing some model of what they perceive as ‘nonviolent motion’, whether or not or not they declare to be doing so and even understand they’re, just because no different custom of activism provides the great strategic steerage that the literature on nonviolence presents.
So what ought to activists achieve this that their efforts have strategic impression?
The inspiration of any sound technique – notably if campaigning on main points reminiscent of to finish conflict, to finish the local weather disaster, to halt destruction of the recent water provide and the rainforests, to defeat a coup, occupation or invasion nonviolently, to rework the worldwide financial system, to convey down the worldwide elite… – is a radical understanding of the battle.
This implies, most significantly, having a transparent sense of the ‘huge image’ (together with these overarching buildings and actors in far-off locations that keep/perpetrate the native manifestations of violence and exploitation), not simply the element of the difficulty on which you focus. Basically, this requires an astute understanding of the worldwide energy construction. If we don’t perceive how energy works in society, notably structurally, together with in relation to the battle we search to resolve, then we can’t plan and implement a technique that may work. Because the historic report tragically demonstrates.
However it additionally requires our evaluation to incorporate an inexpensive understanding of how key points (reminiscent of warfare, destruction of the local weather and surroundings, and exploitation of girls, working individuals and indigenous peoples) intersect and reinforce one another. If we don’t perceive one thing of those relationships then we can’t plan technique that takes these relationships under consideration and thus adequately account for all variables driving a battle. Once more, because the historic document painfully demonstrates.
So, for instance, the failure of most local weather and environmental activists to adequately think about the position of struggle (and army exercise and violence usually) in destroying the local weather and setting signifies that a main driver of those two conflicts is barely talked about not to mention mentioned after which truly tackled strategically – ideally by working in tandem with antiwar activists – by activists working to finish the local weather disaster and defend the setting as an entire.
However this failure to think about the ‘huge image’ can also be the rationale why most local weather activists are targeted on switching (from fossils fuels and nuclear energy) to renewable power and miss the elemental level that we’re destroying all the international surroundings – together with the recent water, rainforests and oceans – and until we dramatically scale back, by about 80%, our consumption in all key areas involving each power and assets of each variety – water, family power, transport fuels, metals, meat, paper and plastic – and instantly stop driving, flying and consuming meat for starters, we’ve got no probability of averting human extinction. See ‘Will people be extinct by 2026?’ and ‘Local weather-Change Abstract and Replace’.
Which can also be why easy, structured approaches to this discount of consumption, whereas dramatically increasing our particular person and group self-reliance so that each one environmental considerations are successfully addressed, have to be a part of any efficient technique to deal with the local weather/surroundings disaster. See ‘The Flame Tree Challenge to Save Life on Earth’.
In a single easy sentence: We can’t save the local weather with out saving the rainforests too, and ending warfare.
Having written all the above, it is very important acknowledge that there are many superb sources of correct info on particular points produced by unbiased assume tanks and activist students and researchers. For instance, one can find loads of details about weapons firms and weapons expenditure (nonetheless rising) on the web site of the Stockholm Worldwide Peace Analysis Institute and the local weather motion produces some rigorous analysis, with the newest report meticulously documenting that financial institution financing of fossil fuels continues to be rising regardless of the Paris local weather ‘settlement’ in 2015. See ‘Banking on Local weather Change: Fossil Gasoline Finance Report Card 2019’.
If we don’t completely analyze the battle, it’s unimaginable to determine the suitable strategic focus for motion and to then plan techniques that handle that focus. This inevitably signifies that we’re primarily guessing what to do, not understanding prematurely, as we should always, that the motion we take could have strategic influence.
Furthermore, guessing what motion to take, often on the idea of what’s acquainted or what feels good – maybe as a result of we get out with a bunch of ‘good individuals’ – nearly inevitably results in poor decisions like organizing a big demonstration. Demonstrations are notoriously ineffective, as world historical past’s largest demonstration on 15 February 2003 – involving demonstrations in additional than 600 cities all over the world, involving as much as 30,000,000 individuals, towards the approaching US-led warfare on Iraq – see ‘The World Says No to Warfare: Demonstrations towards the Warfare on Iraq’ – illustrated but once more. Single actions and numbers will not be determinative; technique is determinative. Clearly, giant demonstrations might be efficient, in the event that they have been strategically targeted – by no means on governments although – however solely a uncommon activist understands this with the current worldwide ‘Faculty Strike four Local weather Motion’ demonstrations on 15 March and the ‘Arms off Venezuela’ demonstrations on 16 March graphically illustrating this lack of knowledge and thus losing alternatives to make a strategic distinction.
Let me clarify this notion of strategic focus with a easy instance, after which invite you to think about it in a bit extra element.
Given the crucial position that airline flights, journey by automotive and consuming meat, for instance, play in destroying the local weather and, within the case of the primary two, driving US-led wars for management of fossil fuels, think about if all of these college students attending the Faculty Strike four Local weather rallies had used the day to signal a private pledge – the Earth Pledge? – which learn one thing like this:
Out of affection for the Earth and all of its inhabitants, and my respect for his or her wants, from this present day onwards I pledge that:
1. I can’t journey by aircraft
2. I can’t journey by automotive
Three. I can’t eat meat and fish
four. I’ll solely eat organically/biodynamically grown meals
5. I’ll reduce the quantity of recent water I exploit
6. I can’t purchase rainforest timber
7. I can’t purchase or use single-use plastic, comparable to luggage, bottles, containers, cups and straws
eight. I can’t use banks that present any service to firms concerned in fossil fuels, nuclear energy and/or weapons
9. I can’t get information from the company media (mainstream newspapers, tv, radio, Fb…)
10. I’ll take some time to study a talent, akin to meals gardening or stitching, that makes me extra self-reliant
11. I’ll gently encourage my household and pals to think about signing this pledge.
Think about if in any respect future local weather rallies, individuals got the chance to signal such a pledge.
And picture if at each demonstration towards struggle, each participant was given the chance to signal such a pledge. There’s little level yelling (or displaying an indication that reads) ‘No warfare for oil’ when you’re the one utilizing the oil. Certainly, that might be hypocritical, wouldn’t it?
If it appears too troublesome for now, would you signal the pledge after crossing out one or two gadgets that you simply may rethink later?
Maybe, we will even mark 2 October 2019, the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s delivery, and the Worldwide Day of Nonviolence, as a day of world dedication with native ceremonies, small or giant, all over the world so that folks can attend an occasion to make a public pledge of this nature too.
With the Earth beneath siege, would you signal such a pledge? What would you’ll want to reorganize about your life to make it manageable?
The purpose then is that this: It’s straightforward to ask another person to vary their behaviour. It’s simpler to vary your personal. And, if we do, we functionally undermine the reason for issues that concern so many people.
Anyway, considerably extra elaborately, if you need strategic focus in your marketing campaign technique to finish struggle or the local weather disaster, for instance, take a look at the 2 strategic goals and the essential listing of strategic objectives in ‘Marketing campaign Strategic Goals’. And for the 2 strategic goals and the essential record of strategic objectives to defend towards a variety of army threats, see ‘Protection Strategic Goals’.
This requires, vitally importantly, that the tactic in any given circumstance is thoughtfully crafted to realize the strategic objective rigorously recognized as applicable for this stage of the marketing campaign. See the connection and distinction between ‘The Political Goal and Strategic Objective of Nonviolent Actions’.
And for a greater understanding of the facility of nonviolent motion and find out how to body it for max strategic influence, see additionally ‘Nonviolent Motion: Why and The way it Works’.
Insufficient evaluation, maybe since you merely consider, with out investigation, what the worldwide elite is telling you by way of its many channels, akin to its captive mainstream processes (together with schooling techniques and the company media), may lead you to work to an entirely unrealistic timeframe.
Sadly, that is exactly what is occurring with the local weather disaster. Unquestioningly following the elite-controlled discourse on this situation leads most individuals, together with local weather activists, to work to an ‘finish of century’ timeframe or to consider, for instance, that we have now till 2030 to finish our use of coal. And but even some mainstream sources, such because the UN, are already reporting the catastrophic penalties of getting set the completely insufficient objective of limiting the worldwide temperature improve to 2° (or 1.5°) celsius above the preindustrial norm. See, for instance, ‘International Linkages – A graphic take a look at the altering Arctic’ and ‘Three-5°C temperature rise is now “locked-in” for the Arctic’.
So it’s crucial that activists use their evaluation (based mostly on truthful sources) to make a sensible evaluation of the timeframe. It won’t be handy to have much less time than we expect is important to precipitate the modifications we would like however our duty as activists consists of the necessity to inform unpalatable truths (which the worldwide elite and its brokers won’t ever do).
Basically then, inform the reality. If there’s a selection between being in style and telling the reality, I encourage you to all the time inform the reality. Deluding ourselves that we’re doing a advantageous job and affirming one another for minor positive aspects gained’t avert human extinction or save these numerous lifeforms, human and in any other case, who die every day because of our extremely dysfunctional and violent world. Nor will it assist those that live beneath occupation, dictatorship or army assault.
In fact, telling the reality will scare many individuals. However it’s nonetheless sounder technique to belief individuals to listen to the reality nicely, regardless of how unpalatable it could be. Apart from if we don’t inform the reality and belief individuals, we have now no prospect of mobilizing them strategically within the time we have now left.
For sure, if you’ll inform the reality to others, you might want to be brave sufficient to understand it your self first. And to behave on it.
Within the above three sections, I defined the significance of a sound evaluation, strategic focus and an applicable timeframe in addition to the significance of telling the reality, in creating and implementing an efficient nonviolent technique. This is applicable regardless of the nature of the wrestle: a peace, justice or environmental marketing campaign or a protection or liberation wrestle.
However efficient technique requires greater than these three elements and every of those elements should even be soundly understood and rigorously carried out.
So if turning into extra strategic appeals to you, take a look at both of those web sites: Nonviolent Marketing campaign Technique or Nonviolent Protection/Liberation Technique.
Or, for a fast general take a look at the twelve elements of nonviolent technique, take a look at the Nonviolent Technique Wheel on every website, similar to this one.
As well as, if you wish to concentrate on parenting youngsters in order that they’re powerfully capable of cope with actuality and never get suckered into the widespread addictions of over-consumption and militarism – see ‘Love Denied: The Psychology of Materialism, Violence and Struggle’ – or into believing that lobbying governments is the best way to precipitate change, then you’re welcome to think about making ‘My Promise to Youngsters’ and studying the artwork of nisteling. See ‘Nisteling: The Artwork of Deep Listening’.
In fact, when you’ve got issues decreasing your consumption or questioning the efficacy of army violence, then think about addressing the unconscious psychological impediments to this. See ‘Placing Emotions First’.
In case you like, you can too be a part of the worldwide motion to finish all violence by signing the web pledge of ‘The Individuals’s Constitution to Create a Nonviolent World’.
A Last Phrase
Some company economists are involved that the worldwide financial system is dealing with a ‘downturn’ and, probably, even getting into a recession. In consequence, they’re arguing for measures to spice up financial progress.
The truth, nevertheless, is that industrial civilization is already steadily and quickly breaking down – with an infinite sequence of local weather and environmental catastrophes now happening: for one of many newest, see ‘Dying toll jumps in Mozambique storm as 15,000 await rescue’ – and can collapse utterly inside a number of years. Why? As a result of the Earth has little or no left to provide and not using a staggering quantity of regenerative inputs (a few of which we will provide however others that require geological time).
However you do not want to consider me.
Contemplate the proof for your self.
If, after studying the prolonged record of paperwork, scientific and in any other case, cited in the important thing articles about near-term human extinction talked about above, you’ll be able to get hold of compelling proof to refute the argument for near-term human extinction that’s introduced, then I hope you’ll share this proof extensively in order that we will all be relieved that we’ve got extra time than an growing variety of brave scientists are warning in danger to their livelihoods and professional appointments.
However should you can’t refute the proof cited above or discover the proof that does it to your satisfaction, I invite you to reply thoughtfully and powerfully by taking fast motion to start out systematically and considerably decreasing your private consumption whereas systematically growing your private and group self-reliance, in 16 areas, on the similar time. Once more, see ‘The Flame Tree Venture to Save Life on Earth’.
I can guarantee you that if we ‘step down’ the worldwide financial system systematically whereas growing our self-reliance at a (a lot) decrease degree of consumption (which may even demonetize financial exercise), then all of these firms – corresponding to these producing fossil fuels, mining strategic minerals and destroying rainforests – will stop producing merchandise for which there isn’t any market. They’ll merely haven’t any monetary incentive to take action. And it will functionally and ongoingly undermine the facility of the worldwide elite to control us into surrendering our energy by lobbying governments and surrendering our labor and assets to purchase their merchandise to extend their energy and income. Furthermore, elites could have much less incentive to start out and battle the wars to steal the assets essential to make the merchandise our over-consumption presently requires.
As you in all probability understand, it’s your personal motion that provides you credibility (and ethical authority) to then encourage others to comply with your instance, and so that you can marketing campaign for others to vary their behaviour too. 100 years in the past, Mohandas Okay. Gandhi – maybe anticipating the newest UN report: ‘UN Alliance For Sustainable Trend addresses injury of “quick trend”’ – was reminding us that ‘Earth offers sufficient to fulfill each individual’s wants, however not each individual’s greed.’ And he modeled the minimal consumption he requested of others in his personal life first. At his dying, he owned two outfits of handspun cotton, which he made himself on a spinning wheel, and a pair of sandals.
We would not have to be as frugal as Gandhi however we do have to considerably scale back our consumption and improve our self-reliance if we’re to have any probability of preserving a biosphere that may maintain life for viable populations of all species.
Activists have to have the braveness to behave this out after which unfold this message to everybody (notably within the industrialized world): not waste their time asking elite brokers, like governments, to help the change to renewable power or cease preventing wars to steal assets.
If we’re to struggle successfully to protect the biosphere, we should do it strategically.