Friday, April 23, 2021

By 2nd Law, growth is the problem. Cars promote sprawl and growth.

The negative impacts of past growth are already clear with accelerating climate change and environmental degradation. They will become particularly pronounced when resource depletion makes it challenging to self-repair, as flooded cities and drought-stricken farmland is abandoned. In biological and physical systems, when growth stagnates, fragility sets in. Following even small crises, recovery times slow, and there arrives a tendency for larger-scale collapse.

http://nephologue.blogspot.com/2019/12/economic-growth-engine-of-collapse.html 

Monday, March 15, 2021

"More from Less" not happening, not likely to happen

Global resource use has actually been accelerating faster than growth in the global economy. We are becoming more resource-intensive, not less. -Jason Hickel

http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2021/02/demateralizing-economy-isnt-happening.html 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Autosprawl collapse

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Why we should say "Fight Racism" not "Black Lives Matter"

To achieve any progress for poor and working people anywhere, first we must be united. In the US the protests against racist police brutality have been given the name "Black Lives Matter." Sounds good at first. But, stop and think, what does that actually say. 

  • First it is a truism, like "water is wet." 
  • Second, it says nothing about why black people are being attacked, or what to do. 
  • Third, it is ambiguous and raises more questions, such as what about disabled lives? 
  • Fourth, it is divisive. It does not directly address oppressed in general. 
  • Fifth, what is it's impact on people for whom English is a second language? Do they immediately interpret it as a fight against racism? Do Vietnamese lives matter? Korean? Polish?
  • Sixth, it is weak and liberal and sounds like something in church, not the streets. 
  • Seventh, it can be used by racists to appeal to white oppressed and say: "see? no one cares about you."

The MSM has great power in shaping protest. They choose what's "popular" by what they feature. Let's not let them hijack the fight against racism.

Make your sign say "Fight Racism." It is unambiguous.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020

What happens when you build a system where cars are more important than people?

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Movement for a Peoples' Party

"Repair our aging and leaking drinking water pipes, meters and wastewater treatment plants. Expand bus lines, subway systems, high speed rail and other means of public transportation. Reduce public transit fares to broaden access and take more cars off the road. Create millions of living wage jobs modernizing the infrastructure that powers American life and commerce. Classify the internet as a public utility and bring the country online with universal high-speed community broadband that covers rural communities."
Movement for a Peoples' Party in the US calls for expanding bus lines and reducing public transit fares. This will not be enough to address the "unmentionable" problem: sprawl. However, as the movement grows, this could change. But if sprawl is not addressed, the party will fail.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

US bet on sprawl and lost