I think Bob Brown watches too much science fiction. The global government advocate has now called on us to take our place in the world, sorry, universe, perhaps taking too much notice of a certain NASA report. As has been pointed out on Menzies House previously, Brown is becoming disturbingly similar to Emperor Palpetine.
Never before has the Universe unfolded such a flower as our collective human intelligence, so far as we know.
This speaks volumes about his mindset and his preference for collectivism over individualism.
Here is one sobering possibility for our isolation: maybe life has often evolved to intelligence on other planets with biospheres and every time that intelligence, when it became able to alter its environment, did so with catastrophic consequences. Maybe we have had many predecessors in the Cosmos but all have brought about their own downfall.
That’s why they are not communicating with Earth. They have extincted themselves. They have come and gone. And now it’s our turn.
Maybe they can’t contact us because of, you know, physics (E=mc^2), and note his tone (“it’s our turn” to become extinct). Later in the speech he condemns pessimism.
Unlike the hapless dinosaurs, which went to utter destruction when a rocky asteroid plunged into Earth sixty-five million years ago, this accelerating catastrophe is of our own making.
So, just as we are causing that destruction, we could be fostering its reversal. Indeed, nothing will save us from ourselves but ourselves.
He seems to genuinely believe that humans are facing an apocalypse. Either he is using such scare tactics as a means of political fear mongering, or he is a desperate man, who truly thinks his radical ideas are needed to avoid this doom.
For comprehensive Earth action, an all-of-the-Earth representative democracy is required. That is, a global parliament.
In his Gettysburg address of 1859, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed: ‘We here highly resolve… that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.’
Yes, you have read correctly. He just quoted Abraham Lincoln to back his call for a world government.
Nine years ago, after the invasion of Iraq which President George W. Bush ordered to promote democracy over tyranny, I proposed to the Australian Senate a means of expanding democracy without invasion.
This would be where he heckled the president in parliament?
Let Australia take the lead in peacefully establishing a global parliament. I explained that this ultimate democracy would decide international issues. I had in mind nuclear proliferation, international financial transactions and the plight of our one billion fellow people living in abject poverty.
In 2003 our other Greens Senator, Kerry Nettle, seconded the motion but we failed to attract a single other vote in the seventy-six seat chamber. The four other parties – the Liberals, the Nationals, Labor and the Democrats – voted ‘no!’. As he crossed the floor to join the ‘noes’, another senator called to me: ‘Bob, don’t you know how many Chinese there are?’.
Well, yes I did. Surely that is the point. There are just 23 million Australians amongst seven billion equal Earthians. Unless and until we accord every other citizen of the planet, friend or foe, and regardless of race, gender, ideology or other characteristic, equal regard we, like them, can have no assured future.
Great, I’ll just tell Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That’ll get that insane bastard to jump on the pacifist bandwagon.
Yet, in Australia and other peaceful places which have long enjoyed domestic democracy, establishing a global democracy – the ultimate goal of any real democrat – is not on the public agenda.
Real democrats don’t persuade prime ministers to break their word to the electorate, and a world of separate, sovereign democratic states is more democratic than one big one.
Exxon, Coca-Cola, BHP Billiton and News Corporation have much more say in organising the global agenda than the planet’s five billion mature-age voters without a ballot box.
The corporations rule the world, man. How dare they sell us things that we want to buy.
Mahatma Ghandi observed, the world has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed.
So what’s it to be: democracy or guns? I plunk for democracy.
Hmmm. Let’s ask Ghandi, shall we?
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”
Yes, I know. He is arguing against rule by force, but the ultimatum, democracy or guns, is ridiculous. The second amendment of the United States holds that they in fact go hand in hand.
The political debate of the Twentieth century was polarised between capitalism and communism. It was about control of the economy in the narrow sense of material goods and money. A free market versus state control.
Bitter experience tells us that the best outcome is neither, but some of both. The role of democracy in the nation state has been to calibrate that balance.
Ouch. Take that Lee Rhiannon.
We have to manage the terrifying facts that Earth’s citizenry is already using one hundred and twenty percent of the planet’s productivity capacity – its renewable living resources; that the last decade was the hottest in the last 1300 years (if not the last 9000 years); that we are extincting our fellow species faster than ever before in human history; and that to accommodate ten billion people at American, European or Australasian rates of consumption we will need two more planets to exploit within a few decades.
The hottest decade in the last 9000 years would suggest that the Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods did not happen.
We must defy pessimism, as well as the idea that there is any one of us who cannot turn a successful hand to improving Earth’s future prospects.
Remember how he said the world is facing catastrophe.
Lee Doren of How the World Works, in his critique of a green propaganda piece directed at children, refutes the very worst of this green alarmism (we’re running out of resources ect.), which Brown is pronouncing.
(Via Andrew Bolt)