Climate change is a real phenomenon. Environmentalism is response to an existential threat to all human beings. Corporate lack of accountability as distant directors pursue maximum profit is an inevitable destructive force and as governments become subordinate to their agenda, the problem compounds. Solutions need to scale. This will require government to regulate corporate power. How can that happen?
Plane travel cross-pollinates individuals at an unprecedented scale. This cross-pollination turns foreign to familiar, which is the most effective rebuttal to fascists weaponizing xenophobia through fear into “us against them” Untermensch thinking. Attacking plane travel for the small impact on the planet’s pollution is both a bad loss leader and a recipe for populations hostile to more and more nationalities perceived as ‘other’. The temptation to fixate on planets and airports is a natural one, for an environmentalist, but it’s short-sighted and ultimately counterproductive. Human society isn’t better when it’s atomized.
Chevron v Donziger
"If someone wanted to turn America into an authoritarian gulag state the shortest, least resistant route is through the judges."
New York human rights lawyer Steven Donziger is fighting a case brought against him by oil multinational Chevron, in response to a multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron for environmental destruction in Ecuador. The travesty of a case combines corporate abuse of wealth, judicial corruption, climate change pollution, disdain for poorer country rights, the list goes on. It will be a litmus case in the future. For now, it's a case in progress and Donziger is getting fucked in every hole. See Donziger LinkTr.ee social media index for further info.
For a corporation to be prosecuting a civil-criminal case against a private citizen is unparalleled. It is an early warning for what may become a bigger threat to freedom in American than the worst of Trump or Biden or Facebook censorship. Specifically, an autocracy of judges, appointed for life with absolute power over any case in their court, unaccountable to checks and balances, answerable to noone, wielding exceptional power with only the notional limit of past convention (which can be ignored).
(Consider the racist criminal justice incarceration state. Plenty of focus the past few years on bad cops but the true 21st-century Jim Crow continuity is carried on by judges, e g. how the court handles guilt, fair trial, sentencing, application of law, etc. The difference in outcomes for identical cases for a black defendant versus a white defendants beggars belief. Judicial ruling - which can't be questioned or challenged until it's too late - has been the true engine of American racism for decades. Imagine if the same judges used their unfettered power and their brutal black sentencing against you...)
The existence the NSA was revealed to the public in 1971 by NSA analyst turned whistleblower Perry Fellwock. He was motivated CIA whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers. Fellwock published the details of ECHELON, the Five Eyes (FVEY) signals intelligence analysis network - NSA spying capabilities - ostensibly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s.
Because of the Fellwock revelations NSA spying on American citizens was suspended by the 1973 Church Committee. Digital-age successors to Perry Fellwock: Drake, Binney, Wiebe and Loomis. Research these geezers. Worth noting that the Edward Snowden revelations of NSA spying almost 40 years later did not result in legislative pushback against the security state apparatus.