Sunday, March 22, 2020
This One Could Stretch Our Attention Span
One thing you'll find on this blog a handful of times every year are posts that discuss some major ecological calamity that conclude that the whole business will be down the Memory Hole in a matter of days and forgotten, erased. And that prediction is always proven true.
Only this time, it's different. This time isn't about our kids, it isn't about our grandkids. NO, Dammit! This is about us. Right here, right now. This matters.
No, this time it's got us, got us good, and we're not getting out until it lets us out - unless it takes us out first.
That same Memory Hole we once used to flush this looming catastrophe, climate change in all its permutations, free of our collective conscience, has stopped flushing. Now we're getting waist deep in it. Next week or the week after we should be chin deep in it.
What we're seeing now, inescapably, is just the first of what could be a succession of pandemics that climate scientists (the discipline includes epidemiology) have been warning us about for many years. The only reason our governments were caught flat-footed on Covid-19 is that they chose to ignore those warnings in yet another example where "the economy" defeated reason.
This is where neoliberalism has taken us. This time it's coming for us. We were told this was probably going to happen. We were warned.