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The ultimate “free-riders” in global ECOnomics : The Global oligrachy #PeoplesClimate #OWS

November 16, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

A devastating neglect of nature and its requirements, matched to unprecedented wealth , are the “strongest” marks of modernity as the triumph of free-market magic. Here an irony surfaces: “Free riders” are scorned by capitalist industrial orders, yet these same orders are saddled with a free-rider problem they barely recognize. “Free riders” are those who consume more than their share of a public resource, or who shoulder less than their fair share of its costs. Because market logic treats nature as essentially worthless apart from human interest, human labor, human demand, and human use, citizens living the industrial-technological paradigm all freeload off the ecosphere. They do not pay the full costs of either its goods or its services.
–Rasmussen, Larry L. (2012-10-02). Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (p. 174). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

But the obvious problem here is that these global elite do not consider the ecosystem as a finite resource.  For them,  it is INFINITE;  and therefore belongs to them,  the captors; the “victors” in this global economy.

This really is a great ECOtheology book.  I recommend it as a worthy textbook for seminaries to start (if they haven’t already),  an ecotheology curriculum as a way of raising our prophetic voice.  We are already at least 30 years behind on this,  since the global eco-scientists have been warning of this for at least that long.

“Creation justice is not bereft of antecedents” Larry Rasmussen #PeoplesClimate #EcoTheology

November 15, 2014 By: Theoblogical Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

Creation justice is not bereft of antecedents. Indigenous peoples across the globe have tried their best since the onset of colonization, conquest, and the Industrial Revolution to say that the community of life’s own integral functioning was being violated by foreign notions of justice and human organization that did not recognize that peoples and their lands were inextricably linked together. Mother Earth and Father Sky were under assault by forces alien to their ways, but in the end Mother Earth and Father Sky would prevail. They would “bat last,” so to speak. Yet had the creation justice of these communities been acknowledged, and had their own Earth-honoring faiths been given their due, damage of apocalyptic proportion to both peoples and their lands might have been avoided.
-Rasmussen, Larry L. (2012-10-02). Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (p. 156). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

The indigenous populations worldwide tend to know what we have lost due to blindness visited upon us by our economic paradigm.  The utilitarian, extractive habits of “civilized” people who reason that these poor ignorant and under-developed folks aren’t using so we might as well show them (and either enslave them physically or economically, employing them to help us to do so, thus creating a dependence upon us for their livelihood which helps us destroy theirs.)

Geat interview w/ Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) on @DemocracyNow (40 minutes)

November 15, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Ferguson, Media, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate


via Russell Brand on Revolution, Fighting Inequality, Addiction, Militarized Policing & Noam Chomsky | Democracy Now!.

“eco-nomics: cultivating the material conditions for the continuation of life”

November 15, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

the very purpose of eco-nomics in the biblical world carries new force on this side of modern economics; namely, to cultivate the material conditions for the continuation of life.
Rasmussen, Larry L. (2012-10-02). Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (p. 150). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Amen! It seems obvious, but not when you look at our present economy and the forces determined to maintain it. There is a humongous task ahead. And it will obviously take a mass movement the likes of which the world has yet  to see   (unless you consider it another in a long line of movements taken up by Christians and people of faith on behalf of the upholding of life over the history of faith movements.).

a political economy that operates with a different metabolism from that of the rest of nature

November 15, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

From Earth -Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (which would make a great textbook for a class in EcoTheology 101)

The chief obstacles will be the political-economic and sociocultural dimensions of ways of life that remain addicted to fossil fuels, that have not yet come to terms with the limits of planetary systems, that assume happiness and fulfillment are based on unending material consumption of goods and services, and that think and invest for short-term rather than long-term ends in a political economy that operates with a different metabolism from that of the rest of nature. All of these, too, belong to a moral vision, that of the industrial-technological era.
–Rasmussen, Larry L. (2012-10-02). Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (p. 149). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

The addiction characteristics  can be seen in our present system in the way that the key substance , fossil-fuels,  is not seen as the toxin to be sharply curbed.  The constant refrain is “energy independence”  which means finding our own oil, drilling everywhere,  Keystone,  etc.  An old high school friend who works in geology told me that the Tar Sands oil “is for export and trade”,  in reply to my question about how dirty and pollutant this oil is.  The answer reveals another problem:  that we can simply “ship it elsewhere”,  ignoring a) the role the extraction itself plays in the “dirty” category,  Tar Sands being a pollutant of much higher toxicity ,  and b) the “shipping it off” for sale elsewhere merely relocates it,  but it is still going to be burned somewhere else.  No problem solved (only in the minds of the ones who want to justify this regardless of its effects).

This “different metabolism” from the rest of nature is the age-old problem, present from the very beginnings of techno-extraction and emissions.  Not only has the technology become increasingly overloading to the ecology of the planet,  the assumptions of the resulting economies have become increasingly ingrained and ideologies surrounding them, “ordained” and “natural” to that way of thinking.  It’s a truly intimidating challenge we face,  especially given the level of “entrenchment” we are seeing with this Republican Party being conduits for money/oil interests’ “education” efforts via think tanks who devise “arguments” against the scientific findings.

Given this,  Rasmussen communicates the sense of urgency we need:

Ours is an industrial and postindustrial planet that is human-dominated, resource-stressed, environmentally degraded, and on the move. That said, the oikos conception of Earth , with creation’s integrity at its core, is perhaps more timely than ever. Certainly a spirituality and ethic for the long haul is needed, one that receives life as a gift and knows our place in creation.
Rasmussen, Larry L. (2012-10-02). Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (p. 150). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.