One of the biggest barriers to averting catastrophe, he said, has more to do with economics than science.
You have got to get away from the so-called neoliberal economics.â€ Instead, he suggests something "more like wartime footing".
Incremental linear changes to the present socioeconomic system are not enough to stabilize the Earth system.
A completely different view of economics, going away from viewing the natural world as resources to viewing it as an essential piece of our life support system that needs to be maintained and enhanced.
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Democrats speak about policies that redistribute wealth and reduce income inequality because they live in unequal places
Republicans resent the lecturing of "liberal elites" and embrace policies that promote opportunity, because they live in places where people are generally in similar economic situations
Serfdom was a brutal system that generated extraordinary human misery, yes. But it wasnâ€™t capitalism that put an end to it.
In short, the rise of capitalism generated a prolonged period of immiseration. It was among the bloodiest, most tumultuous times in world history.
In Manchester and Liverpool, the two giants of industrialisation, life expectancy collapsed compared with in non-industrialised parts of the country.
Public health activists had discovered that health outcomes could be improved by separating sewage from drinking water. And yet progress toward this goal was opposed, not enabled, by the capitalist class.
Luck plays a much more important role than it is usually accorded, so that the virtue commonly attributed to wealth in modern societyâ€”and, likewise, the stigma attributed to povertyâ€”is completely unjustified.
James Baldwin once observed, â€œAnyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
The free market is essentially a casino that you can never leave.
The very first coin flip transfers money from one agent to another, setting up an imbalance between the two. And once we have some variance in wealth, however minute, succeeding transactions will systematically move a â€œtrickleâ€ of wealth upward from poorer agents to richer ones, amplifying inequality until the system reaches a state of oligarchy.