By Roland Windsor Vincent
Editor, Eco-Socialism, The Environment, and Animal Rights
There are no shortages of pundits and prognosticators with opinions on the future of mankind.
Most focus on technology and scientific breakthroughs in manufacturing, communications, transportation, and energy production.
I am not a futurist, and have no credentials except those of an historian. My observations and speculations are made from an historical perspective and logically follow from recent and current political, social, and economic trends.
That said, I believe they are as valid as any and more valid than most.
My basic premise is that humanity will act too little and too late to avert the catastrophe of global warming (and its natural and much fiercer continuation, global heating). The usual head-in-the-sand reaction of governments and their leaders is being further exacerbated by capitalists and their climate denying puppets.
Nature will deliver a very severe blow to the human race.
The parade of horribles has been well publicized: melting polar regions, rising ocean levels, inundated coasts, desertification, deforestation, warming seas, massive extinctions, devastated societal infrastructures, blighted agricultural areas, crop failures, economic crises, and possibly economic collapse.
Not optimistic prospects.
The good news is that none of us will be alive to witness the damage.
The bad news is that our grandkids will be.
Up to this point, my speculations do not markedly differ from those of most pessimistic climatologists.
Looking beyond the disasters I perceive a silver lining.
In the wake of radical depopulation, mankind will have the opportunity to reinvent civilization.
The tools of communication, energy, transportation, and archived knowledge will be available.
And the political will to reshape the economic and political landscapes will be profound. The scourge of human-caused climate disasters will be laid at the feet of capitalism.
It’s quite possible that the world will see small regional socialist societies coalescing into larger and more structured ones, likely in response to the need to eliminate pockets of fascism and corporate power.
The dystopian Brave New World (apologies to Huxley) which will emerge from the rubble will be one that could embrace human and animal rights, ecosocialism, and freedom for all.
And the irony of it being brought about by corporate greed will be lost on dead Capitalists and dead Conservatives.
ROLAND VINCENT, an attorney, political strategist, and former stockbroker, is an animal liberationist and social justice activist. He is dedicated to formulating and advancing tactics and strategies that make sense in a complex and distracted world. He currently serves as The Greanville Post’s Special Editor for Animal Rights, the Environment, and Socialism.