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European Tribune - Climate Crisis Future: Dangers for Democrats

In The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein quotes notorious neocon economist Milton Friedman as saying that when disaster strikes, politicians grasp whatever ideas are laying around, so it is important to have those ideas out there.  That's another reason it's important to be prepared for Climate Crisis disasters.

It's not only about disasters and politicians. Whenever a paradigm is challenged, whenever what you think you know is shattered by evidence, you don't just build a new paradigm from scratch. You promote your current second-best opinion.

Which means that the alternative paradigm needs to be established in people's minds long before disaster strikes. That's why the ideological situation we've been in for the past 15-20 years, where there is effectively just one discourse, is dangerous.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 18th, 2007 at 02:36:53 PM EST

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