War and the Green New Deal: Integrating perspectives

Billions of people have energized the transition to sustainable practice for decades; billions have worked for peace for centuries. Our struggle to “reinvent” both civilian and military economies escalates along with our planet crises.

So the renewed call for a Green New Deal, energizing new citizen activists, is welcome and necessary. Including the dispossessed in the remake of our economies to sustainable standards, addressing social and economic problems, is essential for survival.

Does it matter whether corporate foundations finance the Green New Deal and other climate action groups? Only if it also serves the hidden agenda. How to detect that? By the results. How many groups include war as a cause of climate change?

The UN IPCC does not. Our world government reports only on the impacts of the civilian economy. That policy was decided 22 years ago by US corporate and military lobby; the UN is still giving us only half the picture in their most recent Reports. It looks like most climate action groups follow this ‘lead’.

By this result, it’s clear that the corporate-military agenda directs and limits public attention to the civilian economy. Why? They want no limits to growth on war.

Since our taxes pay for all their war industries, public opinion must accept escalating military spending, source of their obscene wealth. Corporations get tax deductions as non-profit foundations; again they use public money to shape society to their interests, while posing as humanitarian philanthropists sharing their wealth, earned by hard work and smart investment in Business As Usual. They make money every step of the way. And since the military always gets the billions the need to keep us ‘secure’, and since war needs oil, the net effect of the hidden agenda is to maintain fossil industries for war: state-sanctioned mass murder for global domination and depopulation.

It’s a shocking, unbelievable picture. No citizen would knowingly support this.

Should we then denounce the GND (which many do for various reasons) as a possible Trojan Horse for the military-industrial dominators? I see the good work and the corporate manipulation existing at the same time. Both are part of the complexity of interconnected civilian and military economies and politics, now polarized.

That polarity defines the work we need to do: bring war as one more cause of climate crisis to public attention, to balance public perception and illuminate new paths to change.

A divided country?

The blocks of blue and red (with patches of other colours) on the map of the election results, reflecting our ‘divided country’, gives a misleading impression. Hidden within those blocks is the colourful patchwork of votes in each community and region. The divisions reside in each community.

This map shows only the winners of our first-past-the-post system. The visual image reinforces our habit of competition and conflict—also today’s primary global dynamic. Voters did the best they could within the restrictions of that system, electing people from every party with no single power: as close as we can get to proportional representation. We did indeed tell our elected representatives to work together.

But can we expect those few energetic folks in Parliament to resolve the contradictions in our various world views? If we address the divisions in each community locally, we can take some responsibility in this gargantuan task, resolve some local diversity in perspectives and understanding, and move toward realistic solutions to our many crises.

As in every crisis, political and personal, dialogue and communication move toward resolution. Each community could take this on with local meetings specifically intended to bring the voters of every party together for respectful communication. These could be informal meetings to discuss particular policies; or a kind of Citizen House of Commons and Senate, talking together about issues currently in debate in Parliament.

We can’t wait for our competitive system to actualize pro-rep. Our survival crisis calls on us all to initiate new pathways to reconciling our differences. Any degree of reconciliation of polarities, in any country, works toward unifying all people of the Earth.