While reading The IMF connection with the Ukraine Crisis by
Probhat Patnaik I was struck by the fact that if one has to invest time and
energy into knowing about all the nuts and bolts of how Ukraine is not just a
victim of its own hubris, believing that without being invaded it could have been another
example of a growing democracy, wanting all the perks of the West and none of
the Wests treachery, then life would be simple wouldn’t it?
The IMF is, of course, the monetary arm, or finger, if you
must, of the West’s economic fist, giving loans to countries who think they’re
punching their own ticket to heaven and just need a boost.
The IMF is always willing to give a boost but with
conditions. At first, the conditions seem reasonable, providing incentives to
governments to tighten economic monetary policies for the sake of proving that
their (IMF) investment is and will remain secure while the country is moved
toward austerity and international vulturism rather than altruism, which seems
to be what weak countries, and they almost all are weak, want to believe when
money reaches out its hand.
In an age of extreme cynicism, many people still believe
that money can help all problems.
The point is that
even in the most optimistic scenario—which would require a global ecological
revolution on the part of humanity to be achieved, leading to carbon emissions
peaking halfway through this decade and net zero emissions being achieved by
2050—the overall climate catastrophe facing humanity will be extremely dire.
The second most optimistic scenario is one of staying below a
2°C increase (somewhere around 1.7°C). It too would require a global ecological
revolution. The other three scenarios offered by the IPCC are basically
unthinkable, for which the word
Lets look at that for a moment. What it will take.
I can try and unwind anyone’s rendition and breakdown of what is
wrong and what is to be done, but Id be fooling myself as well as a few billion
people on earth. Our anthropologic scientists tell us that the weather was probably
always a factor in determining what we should be afraid of. It couldn’t then
and can’t now be fucked with, that is, we can predict what might happen on a
weekly or so basis but that’s about it.
Why it happens, now, that’s another matter. No one wants to be
caught in a blizzard or a hurricane but neither do farmers and others who
depend on some regularity in nature want inconsistent rainfall or constantly wide-ranging
We’ve built parts of our societies on certain truths and those
truths have become entrenched in our beliefs, institutions, and trust in how
the world works, our world, the natural world. That’s the spiritual side of the
coin. What’s the other side? Well, we’ve come to believe that rather than us changing
our demands, needs, and belief in our scientist’s exceptional ability to create
technology to compensate for any problem, we have fallen on the sword of MONEY
will resolve and solve any crisis. Look how we wage war-weapons, sanctions, technological
advancement all supposedly make up for our real lack of imagination and
Lets face it, the world is run by masculinity, patriarchy, and
the irrational philosophy of right makes might and might makes men.
All of this is too subtle for me most of the time, yet at other
times I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, which I hope doesn’t mean I’m
going to die, right now.
It’s simple. Without everything I’ve learned through intelligent
reading, conversation, experience, and just looking the fuck up out of my own
belly button, I’ve concluded that I’m no different than the cowboygirl, the
steelworker, truck driver, maid, dd, brothersister, 8 to 5er, wing and night
shifters all over the world, maybe even the mad hatters and made haters.
We’ve all gotten so used to letting everyone else think about
what needs to be done, the professional politician, scientists, and
MONEYMAKERS, we’re willing to suffer, suffer, suffer without consent. Real Change
happens from the bottom up and guess what, we are at the bottom of the heap.
MONEYMAKERS, MONEYCHANGERS< WEAPONS MAKERS. It’s a simple
equation. If we allow the MONEY to control the politician, make the demands on
us, decide, essentially, who lives, who dies, then we all deserve what we get.
And believe me, we will GET WHAT WE DESERVE
So what does all this have to do with the IMF or Climate Change?
Just one thing, one rule to live by. When your nation, your politicians, your
police department, your banks, your armies all come knocking at your door,
trying to sell you the same product, you’re being snookered, you’re being used.
It's as simple as that. JUST SAY NO!