A couple of weeks ago I received an email threatening to kidnap myself from the street, cut my balls off and stuff them in my mouth if I screamed in pain. That night I locked the door to my apartment and the next day I looked over my shoulder as I stepped into the pregnant heat of New York summer.
Today, two weeks later, I don’t think twice about running to the store for milk. I’m not saying this to be a tough guy or to show sympathy, but rather to say that horror has become easy to adjust to. This is especially true in a year under siege illness and violence and bet against them Background of a dying planet. This malaise is a disease of its own – and possibly as deadly as the pandemic that continues to consume us.
Quite frankly, shit is worse than it feels and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t organize to stop it.
The premise of republican governance since the 1980s has been a government failure. In short, if you want less government, the best thing you can do when you are the party in power is to make people believe the government sucks by cutting the social safety net and opposing any attempt To make things work. The coronavirus and Donald Trump’s cruelty simply gave Republicans a chance work at warp speedThis creates unfathomably bad conditions for the American public, which includes their own voters.
Think about what happened or was on the news alone this week. The U.S. Postal Service, under the direction of a wealthy Trump donor, has undercut itself by slowing down the mail that millions of Americans rely on, ripping out sorting machines, and is well on its way to becoming essentially a Trump campaigning tool to suppress the Vote to be when the president gets its way. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate through Sept. 8 with no deal for a new coronavirus relief package that allows for expanded unemployment benefits and other safeguards that have easily kept people afloat wither away (while we knew the deadline would come for months). Florida under Republican Governor Ron DeSantis continued a Record high for Covid-19 deaths (To be fair, democratically controlled California is also in crisis). The Trump campaign did set up a strategy to contest the choice no matter what the outcome, and I’m pretty sure it will Brooks Brothers Riots After the 2000 elections, it looks like a peaceful sit-in (not only take my word for it). Meanwhile, Obstetrics is back.
While the public is forced to languish and watch institutions fall apart amid the expected worst global recession Since World War II, there have been 467 billionaires gained $ 731 billion in wealth since the beginning of the pandemic. The Republican Party has effectively used the coronavirus to conduct a smash-and-grab operation on the back of the American public. It’s Naomi Klein “Shock doctrine, “Plain and simple. Mental health experts fear there will be one rising tide of deaths of desperation When the benefits wear off and the eviction and shutdown moratoriums expire.
The message is clear: Donald Trump can dispense with them. They are expendable for Mitch McConnell. They are dispensable for any single Republican elected official who allows them, so that his wealthy friends can benefit while they pull the ladder out of the grip of the middle and lower classes.
The injustice is intentional.
With Vice Aaron Gordon dropped a piece On Thursday my wife asked why people (including us) weren’t on the street to describe how mail sorting machines are being decommissioned across the country. The answer is this creeping despair that is spreading like poison in the bloodstream, and the need to put out the immediate fires in our daily life. It’s a particularly bleak moment in American history. But we cannot succumb to darkness.
It’s time to stop being expendable. It’s time to melt your discomfort. It’s time to use your anger. In all fairness, it is time to become a threat to the plans of anyone who treats you as expendable.
If Republicans succeed and still sacrifice many hundreds of thousands of American lives, they have a license to sacrifice millions more, here and around the world, as the climate crisis deepens. The pandemic is a warm-up. As the climate essayist Mary Heglar has pointed outIf he gets it, a second Trump term will be much, much worse. But even without a Trump victory, we can never again allow republican governance by breaking institutions and people on an overheated planet.
Any action that delays decarbonization, demonizes the working class or people of color, and cuts benefits will be sentenced to death for those here in the US as well as in countries around the world as the atmosphere unites us all.
Instead of accepting despair, it’s time to bring anger back into the public eye. And more than anger, it’s time to use the power of organizing. We have already seen the energy shift in that direction. The Black Lives Movement this summer sparked a massive shift in public opinion towards policing and systematic racism. Though it feels like a distant memory, remember that it was only last year that a movement that was brought to the streets by teenagers terrified the oil industry and world leaders. Saving the post is the fight we must organize now. And if you think that all of these – the struggle for equality, the struggle for the mechanisms of democracy, the struggle for the planet – are not interconnected, think again.
As the editor of Earther, I am consistently shifting to the climate crisis and the fight to save our planet from the bastards who benefit from its accelerated demise. Everything – literally everything – is linked to the climate fight. So many journeys in this moment and how we react to them. Like political scientist Thea Riofrancos from the University of Providence in the New York Times last weekend (emphasis added)::
“The coming months and years are crucial. They will not only shape politics, but also the living conditions on this planet as the climate crisis increases. It’s a big challenge. But it is also a historic opportunity to create a better, more equal, and more just world. We are not allowed to pass it on.”
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