Travels with Ringo is meant to be an apolitical blog about our experiences living in different parts of Europe with Ringo. I will try to do that as much as possible. But. I occasionally have a thought. And since, as Americans, we are immersed in a world of non-Americans, occasionally geopolitical concerns infect those more innocent thoughts of food, wine, and travel. Therefore, on occasion I will loosen the reigns on my political outrage.
Liberalism and multiculturalism are dead. Words to that effect came out of Vladimir Putins mouth at the G-20. Liberalism and multiculturalism is what Travels with Ringo is all about. Without those two concepts we could not do what we are doing. Trump and the GOP have expressed similar words and are actively trying to achieve the death of liberalism and multiculturalism. While watching Putin and Trump swooning over each-other, a thought came to mind. Europe is enduring unprecedented heat, the USA’s midwest is undergoing record floods, India is having record droughts, weather anomalies all over the world are becoming the new normal. Weather changes so severe that if they continue to happen, as climatologists say they will, people will starve if they stay in place. These weather changes will result in the mass migration of poor people towards the wealthier parts of the planet.
Why would anybody not do something to prevent the impacts of climate change? Denial of the existence of climate change is itself dead. Climate change can no longer be denied no less than denying sunrises and sunsets. So why do “conservative” politicians and their followers continue to deny climate change. They can’t all be ignorant and stupid. They are not. They welcome it. They embrace it. They look forward to it. They want it. It means that the Fascistic dreams of returning to a feudalistic world where a few men hold all the power and use the dependent population under their thumbs, can be a reality.
And that is the key to this argument, dependance. Everything that conservative politicians the world-over are doing is to create a dependent population. Keeping women pregnant creates dependent women and through extension, dependent families. Preventing and fighting universal healthcare creates a dependent population that is afraid to make any changes in fear of losing the little healthcare they may have. Changing jobs, starting an independent business, are all much more difficult if you are in fear of losing healthcare. Going to college and getting the degree that will change your economic status has long been the way out of poverty. They have figured out how to destroy that path as well. Sure, let the masses get their degrees. But saddle them with such enormous debt that they must work their entire lives to pay it off. And that work will be in lower status jobs because their poor credit scores keep them from getting the better, higher paying jobs they intended to get by going to college. Dependance. Create a dependent population to stifle revolt. Create a population of meek people who fear those that hold life and death powers over them. The power of the purse. Feudalism.
Global climate change gives these future fascists the opportunity to consolidate their powers. The movement of climate refugees will empower the racism, xenophobia and nationalism that is already rampant in the world causing the declining middle classes to side with the autocratic political leaders that are responsible for their decline. No. Trump, the leaders of the republicans, the leaders of the conservatives, the leaders of fundamentalist religions, the plutocrats and oligarchs who promote the use of fossil fuels and who actively fight measures against global climate change are not stupid. They are not just greedy for profit. They see global climate change as the best tool available for power consolidation. To return to a state of feudalism. Feudalism that will allow the wealth of the world to be held by a few. The new Royalty.