I consider myself to be a citizen of and for the world, a world threatened 24/7 by the refusal of its most wasteful and its most wealthy to stop fueling its death machine with the concentrated biomass ripped from below the skin of the planet, a biomass from a previous extinction event. There have been five such events, but this one is entirely responsible by Earth’s most irresponsible — the wealthiest and the most wasteful.
The capitalism that began what is now called the anthropocene refuses to yield to a worldwide civility. Civilization has created a monster that is sufficiently powerful to build an Evilization that is capable of destroying all living things on the planet.
A pollution of this shared planet is comprised of the industrial, chemical, and nuclear companies that have claimed world citizenship for the CEOs and for those who continue to invest in the behemoths that continuously pollute the environment and to pollute the minds of their customers and stock holders.
Capitalism is misidentified as an economic system that thrives on freedom and liberty — the freedom to form hegemonies and the liberty to steal and destroy. The more that is stolen and destroyed, the greater is the gross global product. Indices that indicate ownership in the system become the measure of its progress. The lungs of the planet, the rainforests, provide a market value that becomes greater the more that they become diseased by the cancer that is capitalism.
The means of production include the ability to eviscerate all life on the planet at the same time that the capitalist lords of industry convert the carcasses into saleable product. The more they destroy, the wealthier they become and the more capital do they have to eviscerate ever more for evermore.
Civics is a concept that has long been removed from many curriculas. The responsible global citizens among the too many (8,000,000,000 and counting) bring the likelihood of a hideous extermination event closer with every passing second. Capitalists must be identified as the criminals that bring about the destruction of the innocent. How many billions of homeless individuals does it take to make a billionaire? How many billionaires does it take to make a trillionaire?
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