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Re: Carbon Brief: 'How colonial rule radically shifts historical responsibility for climate change'
re: parties, that metaphor never really sat well with me. Richard Heinberg's classic book on peak oil was called 'the party's over' despite providing ample evidence that the fossil fuel age has ushered in atrocity after atrocity and led to immiseration of millions, now billions. Even those on the top of the pile live miserable, grasping existences, always on the watch for usurpers and never able to slow down for even a second. One writer - it may even have been Heinberg elsewhere - even took issue with the word 'peak', implying that we have reached some fantastic great height with this wonderful late stage capitalism and the only way is down. A more appropriate way to view it might be to invert all those graphs and start thinking of it as a deep pit we've fallen into and now have to climb our way out of.
If people in China, other BRICS countries and the exploited global south can't imagine anything better than to follow the colonial west's example with the excesses of industrialism, toxic mining, environmental destruction and economic blow-out leading to mass social collapse, then we're all well & truly f*ed.
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