June 2019

2 articles in June 2019

©John Henry Clippinger, Ph.D.


With unfettered human growth, we can expect the extinction of at least 60% of today’s species and a largely uninhabitable planet within the next fifty years. Our time to curtail these trends is less than 20 years! Nature has given us an ultimatum. It is not a future problem; it is an immediate imperative. Yet denial and paralysis persist.

But they are not an option. The transition cannot be achieved in the usual manner. No supra-multi-national agency, no UN or any nation-state can prescribe nor impose a global solution; no Amazon, Google, Alibaba, Tesla, or mega-corp or collection of same can innovate our way to a viable future. No omnipotent state – China nor the US  or coalition of same can meet the deadline.

Whatever the solution, it cannot entail the expansion of state or global governmental powers; nor the imposition of taxes, top-down regulations, entitlements, nor classic “free market” solutions. These remedies, whether democratically enacted or dictatorially imposed will not work at scale and are themselves, contributors to environmental degradation and economic inequity.


Some of the most significant and rapid changes in Western society occurred through a series of natural micro-changes in the structure of social and economic networks.Read the rest “A MANIFESTO FOR IMMEDIATE ACCELERATED TRANSITION: THE CENTRALITY OF TECH FOR A FEASIBLE AND EQUITABLE FUTURE”

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While the predictions about the immediacy of the dire and irreversible consequences about climate change keep being moved forward and while global political and economic institutions dissemble and falter, there is little discussion about how PRACTICALLY AND IMMEDIATELY – human societies can avert the consequences of climate change. 2040 and 2050 are cited as extinction dates but the effects will be felt far sooner as financial markets and global opportunists scramble and brace for the unimaginable.

In the traditional political realm, there is hand-wringing and pallid prescriptions, all premised on tinkering with existing institutions and approaches, They will not work, Their time has passed. We cannot get to the Moon with a longer ladder. We cannot do it with carbon credits, tax credits, new treaties, or by ignoring the magnitude of the challenge or the certainty of the science.

There must be total urgency, commitment now on a global scale, We must revamp our institutions, ideologies, religions, norms, and finances to transform our economies, our ways of life, and our technologies to earth and life-affirming global culture. There will be no Singularity – no Mars colonies, no “Libertanias”, no livable future for most of us. It is not a matter of future generations, It is now.… Read the rest “WELCOME TO THE INQUIRY ABOUT TECH AND THE FUTURE OF OUR FUTURE”

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