The purity component of morality always repelled me, as conservatives interpreted it as racism. But this morning it makes sense to use a disease metaphor for systemic corruption. Discussing climate change and politics, Naomi Klein said,
We have … a political class that doesn’t believe it should be governing. It’s constantly looking for ways to get out of the way of markets. As long as that continues, we will just keep talking about this problem, as we’ve done for the past 25 years.
I think we need to be very careful raising expectations over Paris – there won’t be a deal in line with the science.
The Koch brothers are going to spend upwards of one billion dollars on the 2016 election, and the sheer fact that they both have this kind of spending money and that they can legally use it to buy politicians is beyond absurd. [emphasis mine]
Then I read about how Jeb Bush got $1.3 million or so from Lehman Brothers in exchange for $1 billion sucked out of police, teachers' and firefighters' pensions.
I'm still struggling to integrate the knowledge that a 2°C rise is generally agreed to be the tipping point at which permafrost would start a meltdown cycle that wouldn't end until our planet resembled the great extinction. Yet we've already locked in that much rise. It's just a question of whether the out-of-control spiral will start before 2100 or a few decades later.
... most official decarbonization goals around the world call for decarbonization to occur at a rate that wouldn't see a greater than 2° Celsius prevented,...
The generally accepted ‘tipping point’ for large permafrost store release tends to be in the range of 2 degrees Celsius. The problem is we’ve already emitted enough CO2, methane and other greenhouse gasses to warm the Earth by 2-4 degrees Celsius long term and by around 1.4 to 1.9 degrees Celsius this Century.
So how will future adults make sense of today's politicians, leading up to Paris? We've already committed the planet to a runaway climate scenario, and we're bickering over which countries get to burn even more fossil fuel in coming decades. The official "scientific" report, IPCC, gave every country's politicians line by line veto, as if they were objective scientists.
It makes sense to me to see these leaders as infected, tainted, corrupted by fossil fuel money, out-of-control trans-national corporations, and predatory banks. Imagine if each actor's systemic-rooted profit-over-planet malevolence were visible as a color. Perhaps a 2050 TV documentary of today would show the infected people more or less purple, and only a few Greenpeace activists and ordinary climate refugees a normal color.
Like Pinocchio, if only " tainted, corrupted by fossil fuel money, out-of-control trans-national corporations, and predatory banks" would turn purple, perhaps voters would see them for who they are. If voters can't hear the lies, distortions, exaggerations, and propaganda coming out of the mouth of politicians and those who buy them, perhaps color coding would enable some to recognize those motivated by greed.