A couple of weeks ago I posted to the Further Left Forum a request to gather contributor’s ideas as to what the top three world problems seem to be to them and what they believe to be the solution to each may be. And there it languishes surprisingly enough. Although my original idea was for a better profile of the people posting to Forum, I also had a curiosity as to whether it had become little more than a bulletin board for internet gleanings, socialist literature quotations and pet political peeves, with no real original thinking or activism beyond the keyboard. I still don’t know and won’t until someone tells me. Either there or, now, here.
I have listed 10 headings under each of which may lie the roots of any of the others or different names or extensions. ie. Imperialism could be thought to cover oppression, poverty, hunger, terrorism and war.
CRIME / CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE - Law is not the cure for crime, it is the cause.
GLOBAL WARMING - Air conditioners are not the cure for hotter days, they're the cause.
WORLD HUNGER - Agriculture is not the cure for famine, it is the cause.
IMPERIALISM - Occupying countries doesn’t make them feel like home to anyone.
OPPRESSION - Wealth is not the cure for insecurity, it is the cause.
OVERPOPULATION - Mankind’s slightest indiscretion wounds earth mortally.
POLLUTION - Sawing off a limb we’re out on.
POVERTY - The base of a pyramid whose peak is as far away as it can afford.
TERRORISM - Does a uniform make a difference?
WAR - Elite asset management, population control and profit taking
Since it was my curiosity that prompted this fill-in-your-own-blanks poll, I will go first, with no intention of influencing anyone else, as unavoidable as that seems to be.
Priority #1 - War must be abolished and any weapons of war and means of their manufacture must be destroyed. The use and manufacture of weapons used against nature such as chemical fertilizers, defoliators and repellents must also cease.
Priority #2 - Population growth must at least be stopped, if not reversed. Poverty, famine, and pollution are the direct result of a never ending attempt to produce more food to feed the unchecked, always starving increase in population resulting from the last food production increase. Growth economies rape and poison the earth in the production of more for endless profit as if population increase was a natural inevitability. Since our food supply is artificially abundant we must educate the entire world population about and encourage the use of contraception, despite religious arguments otherwise. If there exists one key, natural element in inter human antagonism is having to crowd around a too small food bowl.
Priority #3 - Most central governments rule over populations far too large to be considered representative or to feel responsible for them. Returning administration of human affairs to tribes composed of a “circle of friends,” with only a clan or council of “fair witness” environmental overseers coordinating larger projects. Intertribal affairs need only involve the tribes, with the overseers as arbitrators only if requested. This should be incentive for a return to individual participation in the community welfare.
The request for replies is quite serious, even to my friends and or readers whose shyness, antagonism, erudition or illiteracy has been accepted as excuses for not commenting in the past. So have at it …
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