“The mother of all bubbles” and why this election is denying the inevitable


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At some point in the not-distant future—quite likely, during the next four years—the mushrooming impacts of climate change will rudely demolish the complacent edifice of denial that characterizes current political discourse. At that point, Americans will be asking questions like, “Why haven’t you done anything about this?” or, “Why is God punishing us?”

Send in the scapegoat.

Under the circumstances, picking a favorite in this race is a sucker’s game—even if one of the political parties is in some ways more delusional and opportunistic than the other, and even if one of the candidates seems more intelligent and public-spirited than his opponent. Choosing the better president won’t prevent further economic decline. Nor will blaming the scapegoat-in-chief offer any tangible relief when prosperity doesn’t return. The only way we can make things go better is to acknowledge reality and adapt to it. Since we’re not likely to get much help along those lines from our political leaders, it’s really up to us.

via Scapegoat-in-Chief: The Race for the Oval Office.

  • Dianna Morton

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    I think of one of the most brilliant books/anthropological studies that I have ever read: In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the SUrvivial of the Indian Nations.
    And of course, Mr. Marx. I have been practicing not buying anything with exception of food (and, yes, gas for my car) and it really feels beautiful. It feels free and clean. I always appreciate your posts, Antonio.