The whole world is facing challenges of an enormous scale, complexity and depth. Unfortunately, as Naomi Klein set out so clearly in “The Shock Doctrine,” disaster can be very profitable for those willing to take advantage. In her book, Klein shows how over the past 40 years political coups and natural disasters around the world have allowed opportunists to enforce changes that would have been strenuously resisted in more stable times. She details the looting of public and private assets in Chile under Pinochet, Russia after the collapse of communism, and how Southeast Asian poor were dispossessed in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.
Now climate change is being enlisted as a crisis so large that we should accept anything to avoid disaster. The grim vision of the future is laid out in a recent report “State of the future.” The report envisages “shortages and violence” and “billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse.”
The answer to this, according to the report, is:
- IBM computers
- Saltwater agriculture
- Production of healthier meat without the need to grow animals (presumably growing meat like substances in labs – see the Onion’s brilliant spoof on this)
- Electric cars
The report was backed by UNESCO, World Bank, US army and the Rockefeller Foundation. None of these groups have a particularly good record in improving the world. MADGE did an investigation recently of the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations interference into African agriculture.
The trend for promising salvation through technology is widespread.
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