Politics is the practice and theory of influencing other people. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities. [Wikipaedia]
This report shows how, in a democracy, a change of a political leader can have a rapid effect on the ways humans impact upon Spaceship Earth. Justin Trudeau is the political leader in question, elected to lead Canada in November 2015. Will he succeed in placing the interests of a sustainable future for the planet and its citizens ahead of corporate interests and their consumers?
PROBLEMS – Big money and big data subvert democracy – Jeffrey Sachs; US Supreme Court stalls climate legislation; Nader on Corporate control of US Congress; Rosa Luxemburg – capitalism’s current dysfunctions predicted; Inter-generational inequality; Autocracies spread – now 33% of countries in 2019;
ALTERNATIVES – A new political narrative? – Monbiot; Iceland’s new Prime Minister; Chinese ‘green’ autocracy? Green New Deal? – Naomi Klein (Intercept article); Sanders Institute and Europe’s DiEM25; HARARI A new (global) liberal order needed (Economist); Erik Olin Wright – Envisioning Real Utopias; Naomi Klein – No is not enough (reviewed); Axial shifts – Closed to Open (Otto Scharmer); China, Korea, Taiwan – ‘developmental environmentalism’ = greening for competitive advantage; Green New Deal for the UK– Jeremy Williams (June 2019); Otto Scharmer – axial shifts & emerging global movements (July 2019)