Capitalism Is Not Killing The Planet

George Monbiot won the Orwell Prize for commentary or reporting that supposedly comes closest to meeting the ambition of George Orwell, writing about how capitalism is killing the planet. Almost immediately comes my Pavlovian response to this lofty kind of recognition; just because you write about something (often) does not mean you know what you are talking about.

George appears to elevate himself above the crowd of downstream suboptimizations by inferring the need for a new operating system of humanity upstream. He is not wrong, but his purview is limited not by his writing but by his lack of understanding. Creating a new system requires adherence to a theory that drives the effectiveness and expected outcome of the system.

Without a new theory, a new system is like a weather system, a rebel without a cause. We cannot predict the weather accurately because we do not know the cause of the weather. Without a proven causal theory, a system, as a consequence of a theory, becomes a rebel without a cause.

The problem of humanity is not capitalism.

The problem is that capitalism, as a system, is not correlated and subjugated to a theory that improves humanity. In Einstein’s words, the theory determines what can be discovered. And without a theory determining what capitalism ought to discover, capitalism becomes a rebel without a cause. A cause that merely serves the temporal personal interest of the people involved, and thus fails to serve the collective interests of humanity.

We can make capitalism work when we subjugate the systems of capitalism to the theory of humanity. The only theory that matters to improve human adaptability to the decline of available energy is referred to as nature’s entropy. The strength of renewal rather than the length of purported sustainability determines the survival of the human species.

A system that fundamentally improves humanity must be subjugated to a theory of humanity that, in turn is subjugated to nature’s first-principles. The perspective of George Monbiot’s journalistic endeavors is a step up of flatlining prior thinking, but it should not be deemed the panacea to the problems humanity faces. Journalistically he may deserve the prize; substantially, he does not.

We can improve the effectiveness of capitalism when it is -for the first time- subjugated to a theory abiding by nature’s first-principles. Only when we play nature’s game can we fundamentally improve the effectiveness of humanity dependent on nature.

Thank you, George, for elevating the cure to humanity to the level of systems thinking, one step above unending downstream suboptimizations amounting to nothing. You fired up the first stage of a multistage rocket jetting into space. But a rocket where only the first stage completes successfully will not succeed in its mission of improving human excellence and longevity.

The winds of upstream change are in my sails, courtesy of the compounding problems we collectively face today. It is only a matter of time before the world turns in my direction. A direction, not I stipulate, but nature does.

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The sign of a vibrant, innovative nation is its willingness to pursue the ever-unfolding discovery of nature's truth and reinvent itself continually against those proven new normalizations upstream. Let’s inspire the world with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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