Big police presence, confronted in a friendly way by drummers:
If not now, when?
If not here, where?
If not us, who?
(Aside: Nobody is going to sort this out for us. The government and the corporations, with their reassuring appearance of permanence, the comforts and temptations they provide, are unviable and unsustainable, built on quicksand, belong to the paradigm of the past, are illegitimate (because based on violent expropriation), the latter based on the enclosure of resources from the commons and depriving (private property - privere) people of their usage, for the purpose purely of private profit, the former of course drawing their sustenance from the latter. The business of the status quo is the only game in town at the moment, conveys prosperity, success, assurance and permanence as I said, and seems to be the rational choice to ally one's destiny, that of one's family, to, but what is evoked and told and realised, so clearly, at events like yesterday, is that this isn't the case [How could it be? The status quo is riven by contradictions which can only be supported and propped up through deterioration into ever greater violence and paranoia, wars and torture and detention centres, a nightmare combination of Hobbes and Malthus (excuse philosophical illiteracy)]; that it is irrational; that this is contested; that the human heart and soul, nature, holisticism, care, joy, embracing, reaching, sharing, must win out, against partialism, reductionism, minds structured and imprisoned by concepts, consumerism, alienation, competition, hubris. The status quo is a wholly unsustainable configuration of human affairs; an alternative is possible, and necessary.
Scattered notes from Monbiot's speech:
This we knew. But Smith takes it further. With a series of equations he shows
that “each successive doubling period consumes as much resource as all the
previous doubling periods combined.”
In other words, if our economy grows at 3% between now and 2030, we will consume in that period economic resources equivalent to all those we have consumed since humans first stood on two legs. Then, between 2030 and 2053, we must double our total consumption again.
Reading that paper I realised for the first time what we are up against.
The reason the environment is not compatible with capitalism is as follows (interesting aside for Monbiot-watchers - I believe he fleshed this out in an answer to a question about neoliberalism at the pre-march meeting last month, in which he said that the problem is not about neoliberalism even but the economic system it is a permutation of, capitalism):
In capitalism, money is created predominantly through bank lending - every time a bank lends money, the money supply or the velocity of circulation of money is expanded (in modern industrial economies bank lending is relied upon as the means money is created - see Michael Rowbotham's The Grip of Death for an exposition of this).