Hydrocarbon. It will be the death of we - we who are addicted to oil and addicted to the economy that surrounds it. Our leaders have taken their eyes off the ball we live on, and are instead fixed upon the pursuit of money – burning more and more fossil fuel in the pursuit, with no thought of where that pursuit will lead.
Alternative political parties that threaten the duopoly enthroned in the US have been shut-out of our national conversations. During the last presidential election, Jill Stein of the Green Party was shut out of the presidential candidate debates, as was the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. Note we continue to hear little or nothing of the views from these parties. This is not simply a function of the news “market”.
When we look at our political situation from a functional perspective, ideals that seemingly reside in differing domains start to merge together: it is unlikely that we can achieve meaningful democracy in the United States without a strong emphasis on Peace – and it is highly unlikely that we can forward policies toward Peace without a functioning democracy.
Our vote serves to satisfy our desire to feel civic-minded. And to a degree it works that way. Still, few thoughtful people can deny that we currently live in a nation that invests directly in endless war, planet-wide climate catastrophe, desperate poverty, authoritarian controls, and constant attacks on our freedoms - yet the imperative to do something is lacking! This is largely because we are deeply embedded in the (broken) system. Our conflicts of interest are too deep to face: how can we seriously challenge our employer’s activities without delegitimising our role within the organization? Since our work is not only the source of our income, but also a substantial part of our self-identity, hardly anyone can accept the financial and psychological anxiety that such a challenge entails. Each of our individual decisions not to confront the roots of our situation are made subconsciously – who would willingly put themselves in danger? There can be no blame here.