Thursday, 3 July 2008
God Bless America?
... a recent NYTimes article picked up by PSFK really puts the cherished (and according to Dick Cheney non-negotiable) american standard of living into context. In a world of food shortages, apocalyptic warnings of runaway global warming and mass extinction in respected scientific journals... American teens, already car owners are now having to stop cruising around aimlessly because the fuel is a bit pricey;
It really is a Marie Antoinette state of affairs, viewed from the outside
Given the USA's responsible for such a large part of the world's footprint, particularly per capita and without the valid excuse that China has (you put all your factories here, what do you expect?) and given they are still holding back the entire global effort (post Kyoto) how long before they get targeted in the way an Exxon or Monsanto is? The US is a very visible target; remember when we didn't buy South African goods due to apartheid?
Sorry I do realise that America is a vast and diverse society, with many positive, admirable voices and developments, much to celebrate and support and not lump in together
But we have a world to save and this does seem the obvious next way to tackle that?
I'm not the first to suggest this might come to pass eg this and this but maybe in the verge of the Copenghagen 2009 global talks its an idea whose time has come. plus today there are unprecedented means to self organise something truly global 'out of thin air'
Just thinking aloud