There is no reason for Bill Gates to own more farmland than anyone else in America.
There is no reason for any human to own more of Earth than a modest portion which they personally occupy and tend.
"The Tragedy of the Commons" was literally a made-up story. Those events never.
But billionaires have made it happen in the oceans of the world, much of it in my one lifetime.
Now that we know the whole cycle of plastic, there is no moral or social excuse to continue to make it.
There's a money excuse.
Every destructive act on Earth is somebody's job.
3. Observe the media. Observe your Twitter feed. Observe politics.
The entire discussion is around an ever-changing yet never-changing set of talking points from both sides.
That's it, pretty much.
"We need to get MT green🤮 out of Congress!"
Why? She's just a noise machine.
4. Her power is that we hate her. It's her function in the Real Time Role Playing Game of America.
Meanwhile, a very few people are taking ownership of ever more and ever more of the whole planet.
There is a process going on which we are pleased to call Climate Change propernoun
5. Mitch McConnell is still stage managing a nationwide, technically mostly bloodless, coup. He was in 2015. I wrote about it. I got some of the details wrong, and we're well farther down the road, but the mediated conversation isn't accomplishing anything…
6. I wrote a thread the other day about two or three overarching concerns, and those are the same ones I am thinking of today. They get little thought in terms of, how do we solve these problems? And the public discussion is - I've lost track.
7. One of the things we do on Twitter is we send around horror stories about climate crises, articles about extinction, articles about the Anthropocene, articles about giant icebergs calving off.
Then we go on about our business.
8. The billionaires who own the media and mediate the public discussion like the current conversation. It is designed to occur in place of action. Since they are getting richer every day on inaction, that's ideal.
9. If everyone who (a) seriously claims to care about the climate, and (b) had it in their current power to put together the land and effort - if just those people went out, bought a few acres and donkeys, and said, "Not in 2050. Motherfucking Now, God Dammit."
Make a difference.
10. But that concept is excluded from the mediated conversation.
According to Conventional Wisdom, to slow down is to go back.
So, that means all of us used to not cause climate change, but now we do, and that's an irrevocable decision.
Who made it?
11. How can you go back to where you've never been?
12. Do you know why the oil companies are so powerful?
Because everyone buys their shit every day.
We don't have to. We can buy it, maybe, once a week. Then once a month.
13. If we all ignore Bill Gates, and buy up ghost towns like Rayville, MO, and live as much as possible on the community's production, and walk, or bicycle, or donkey, and just opt out of the machine, they still won't talk about us in the mediated conversation. People won't.
14. Most of the futuring and predicting about climate change is based on the concept of a slope, where each tenth of a degree has some predicted measurable effect.
After all... Slope, right?
15. Personally that's not how I see it. Remember the Big Surprise when the "novel coronavirus" came on the scene, and you couldn't buy toilet paper? Surprises.
16. The two scenarios which I could see happening would be either another pandemic, only this time with a plague-level death rates, 50% or higher, instead of 1%, or a hacker succeeding beyond her wildest dreams and bringing the whole machine down. Either of those.
17. It is my opinion that the current degradation of all that lives and makes life possible will continue until one of the above events happens.
Or Bill Fucking Gates and Elon Musk might join up to shoot dust into the atmosphere and cause total global crop failure.
18. Localization ends when speed arrives.
Look at history. Look today.
There is no reason on Earth that Americans can't build local low speed communities with their own lives and hands.
But we're in this giant fucking hurry.
I just booted myself out of the agroforestry club.
19. They want to SCALE UP and SEQUESTER CARBON!!!
In order to SCALE UP of course it is necessary to MECHANIZE because...
And I just said, Y'all go ahead on. I'm tired.
Anyway. Suppertime.

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