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Pol Pot’s Cambodia almost entirely lacked a proletariat and he was hostile to those who did exist. He was an anti-intellectual who based his revolution on the peasantry .. In fact, his role model … wants to start by killing all the lawyers  …. Pol Pot argued that if you allowed people to live an urban life there would be a division of labour, exchanges and accumulation and these would amount to capitalism. Memorably he remarked that if the people were allowed to return to the cities capitalism would re-emerge “within an hour”. .. Socialism can only be achieved by remorseless and exhausting contact with the land, which alone can make humans as equal as blackbirds .. Subsequent history has proved him right: seventy years of supposedly trying to develop a new “homo Sovieticus” collapsed into a robber baron form of capitalism more or less within an hour. .. A genuine anti-capitalism denies the fundamental instincts of competion and accumulation …  – Lincoln Allison: Pol Pot Was Right.

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Pol Pot Was Right

Pol Pot bears little resemblance to more familiar communist revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin & co. were intellectuals who saw the revolution in terms of a superior “scientific” understanding of the forces of history. Also, they saw the industrial working class as the most important force in revolutionary change. Pol Pot’s Cambodia almost entirely lacked a proletariat and he was hostile to those who did exist. He was an anti-intellectual who based his revolution on the peasantry, as far removed from Marx’s comments on “the idiocy of rural life” as it was possible to be. In fact, his role model seems to have been Jack Cade; I don’t mean the real historical figure, but the character in Henry VI, Part 2, who wants to start by killing all the lawyers and executing everyone who can read and write. This was Shakespeare’s grammar school boys’ nightmare and the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot killed people for wearing spectacles, having professional qualifications or having pale skin.
Nevertheless, I concluded that though Pol Pot’s revolution was the most abhorrent of revolutions it was also the most coherent. The Khmer Rouge evacuated cities: most notoriously they insisted on evacuating Phnom Penh as soon as they captured it in April 1975. This was a ridiculous thing to do even on its own terms since it clogged up all the roads; at least twenty thousand people died in the first three days of the attempted evacuation. Later, they abolished money. All ludicrous and lunatic we might agree. But Pol Pot argued that if you allowed people to live an urban life there would be a division of labour, exchages and accumulation and these would amount to capitalism. Memorably he remarked that if the people were allowed to return to the cities capitalism would re-emerge “within an hour”. Money allows accumulation, individualism, security and some independence, making socialism impossible. Socialism can only be achieved by remorseless and exhausting contact with the land, which alone can make humans as equal as blackbirds (though party leaders and enforcers, as necessary roles for the enforcement of equality, have, of course, to be treated unequally).
And here we must agree with Pol Pot. Subsequent history has proved him right: seventy years of supposedly trying to develop a new “homo Sovieticus” collapsed into a robber baron form of capitalism more or less within an hour. China took a more evolutionary pace of journey to capitalism. A genuine anti-capitalism denies the fundamental instincts of competion, accumulation and the search for security which define us not just as humans, but as mammals.
– Lincoln Allison: Pol Pot Was Right.
» IG: 17-08-20_brotherno1polpotwasright.

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NYT: Climate Deal Badly Needs a Big Stick

Few economists are as versed in the global diplomatic effort to combat climate change as Nicholas Stern of Britain.

So it was particularly distressing to hear him say, at a debate in New York a few weeks ago, that the international effort to achieve a worldwide climate agreement in Paris next December is already falling short on its most critical goal. The various pledges by nations to cut their emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, he noted, will not be enough to prevent the Earth’s temperature from rising beyond the level scientists consider the tipping point to devastating environmental disruption.

… Such failure indicates that getting countries to make the costly but necessary investments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions will require more than diplomacy. It will require a big stick.

… Climate change is tougher. For one thing, it will be more costly for a country to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. The benefits will be shared by the entire world. Moreover, the threshold for devastating consequences is uncertain. For many, the optimal strategy will be to lie low and reap the gains as so-called free riders.

While countries might cooperate if they were absolutely certain of the tipping point that led to catastrophe, climate science doesn’t work like that. Experiments by Professor Barrett and Astrid Dannenberg from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have found that where there is uncertainty, free-riding becomes irresistible, cooperation breaks down and catastrophe occurs.
– New York Times: Climate Deal Badly Needs a Big Stick.
» IG: 17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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Collective Change, Clarity of Language Enable Trust & Cooperation

  • When Actions required of individuals for collective change are Clear and unambiguous, trust and incentives for cooperation are strong; and the chances are greater that such change can be implemented and enforced.
  • When Actions required of individuals, groups or nations for collective change, are Vague and Ambiguous; cheating and free riding results; and the chances are low to non-existent that such change can be implemented and enforced.

» SQSwans: Astrid Dannenberg.
» IG: 17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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Genghis Khan the Green Effect:

Genghis Khan The Green EoP Reforestation Effect:

If EoP Cop21/CPAC17 Root Cause Problem Solving Implemented for humane deindustrialization and depopulation; it would have greater positive effects on re-forestation, biodiversity and climate change than the extremely violent depopulation implemented by Genghis Khan the Green.

Genghis Khan has been branded the greenest invader in history – after his murderous conquests killed so many people that huge swathes of cultivated land returned to forest. The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study. The deaths of 40 million people meant that large areas of cultivated land grew thick once again with trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And, although his methods may be difficult for environmentalists to accept, ecologists believe it may be the first ever case of successful manmade global cooling.

Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes had an impact on the global carbon cycle as big as today’s annual demand for gasoline. The Black Death, on the other hand, came and went too quickly for it to cause much of a blip in the global carbon budget. Dwarfing both of these events, however, has been the historical trend towards increasing deforestation, which over centuries has released vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as crop and pasture lands expanded to feed growing human populations. Even Genghis Kahn couldn’t stop it for long.

“.. humans started to influence the environment thousands of years ago by changing the vegetation cover of the Earth‘s landscapes when we cleared forests for agriculture.”

— Coupled climate–carbon simulations indicate minor global effects of wars and epidemics on atmospheric CO2 between AD 800 and 18501 study by Julia Pongratz; article: Genghis Khan the GREEN: Invader killed so many people that carbon levels plummeted; Carnegie: War, Plague No Match for Deforestation in Driving CO2 Buildup.
– IGN: Genghis Khan the GREEN: Invader killed so many people that carbon levels plummeted.
» IG: 17-03-01_genghiskhangreen-eopscevolution17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

Derrick Jensen: Open Letter to Reclaim Environmentalism:
One sign of intelligence is the ability to recognize patterns: let’s lay out a pattern and see if we can recognize it in less than 10,000 years. When you think of Iraq, do you think of cedar forests so thick that sunlight never touches the ground? That’s how it was prior to the beginnings of this culture. The Near East was a forest. North Africa was a forest. Greece was a forest. All pulled down to support this [War is Penis] culture.
– [EoP Amended] Derrick Jensen: Open Letter to Reclaim Environmentalism.
» IG: 17-03-01_genghiskhangreen-eopscevolution17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

EoP Submissions to Cop 21 & CPAC 2017:
– EoP CoP 21: eop-cop21.tygae.org.za
– EoP CPAC17: eop-cpac17.tygae.org.za.
» IG: 17-03-01_genghiskhangreen-eopscevolution17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

EoP FT Bragg: Whom Should be Removed from Planetary Lifeboat Genepool?

In US Army’s Lifeboat Ethics while not explicitly stated in the course material; that – in terms ofecological overshoot resource depletion tipping points and resource conflict – all nations on Earth’s resource lifeboats are not only full; but shrinking  so now the decision is not ‘whom to let in’ but ‘whom should be removed from the lifeboat aka national genepool; how should they be removed; how many should be removed; by whom and when should they be removed’?
» EoP Leg Sub: 25 Jan: USAR Ft Bragg: Culture Change to EoP Honour Ecofootprint Shrinking Lifeboat Ethics?.
» IG: 17-06-11_eopabolishfarm-wipoligarchlrfactoryfarm;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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The Only Operative Question is: Whom Should the Military Kill?

In US Army’s Lifeboat Ethics while not explicitly stated in the course material; that – in terms ofecological overshoot resource depletion tipping points and resource conflict – all nations on Earth’s resource lifeboats are not only full; but shrinking so now the decision is not ‘whom to let in’ but ‘whom should be removed from the lifeboat aka national genepool; how should they be removed; how many should be removed; by whom and when should they be removed’?

Our dilemma is that of defining just and unjust actions within our wars and conflicts. It is time to reexamine habits that have come to pass for ethics and ask the sort of questions that are as controversial as they are uncomfortable to the man or woman of conscience … We must reexamine our concepts of the ethical and the legal. .. Traditionalists who decry even the possibility of attacking these sources of human misery in such a manner generally do so from campuses or comfortable offices. …. crying out that such a doctrine would amount to giving our military, .. a license to kill. But the purpose of a military is to kill, and if you cannot stomach that, you should not have a military. The only operative question is whom the military should kill.
» 17-06-11_eopabolishfarm-wipoligarchlrfactoryfarm;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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WiP Racial/Religious/Ideological Civilian Activists Ansa:

Kill my [Racial/Religious/Ideological Defined Enemy] i.e. Racists / Kikes / Zionists / Muslims / Christians / Crackers / Spicks / Niggers / Nationalists / Commies / Capitalists.
» IG: 17-06-11_eopabolishfarm-wipoligarchlrfactoryfarm;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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EoP Scientific & Cultural Law Civilian Activists EoP TRC [Truth & Reconciliation] Ansa:

Give the Breeding/Consumption Scarcity Combatants – of all races, religions and classes – the opportunity to take personal responsibility for their former Breeding/Consumption aboveEcological Carrying Capacity limits transgressions; by cooperating to implement an EoP intn’l law social contract; that (a) requires all citizens of all races, religions, nations, to breed and consume below ecological carrying capacity limits; or be humanely eliminated from the planetary genepool; (b) nationalizes all property and provides all responsible freedom oath citizens a property ration to enable their shelter and survival self-sufficiency to enable the rebuilding of a relocalized sustainable future.
» IG: 17-06-11_eopabolishfarm-wipoligarchlrfactoryfarm;  17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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Revolution in Military Ethics: Whom should the Military Kill?

Our dilemma is that of defining just and unjust actions within our wars and conflicts. It is time to reexamine habits that have come to pass for ethics and ask the sort of questions that are as controversial as they are uncomfortable to the man or woman of conscience … We must reexamine our concepts of the ethical and the legal. .. The whispered warning that we do not condone “assassinations” because we do not want our own leader assassinated is a counsel of unspeakable cowardice. First, if leaders will not risk the fate they ask of their privates, they are not fit to lead their people. Second, if foreign criminals, official or private, knew that retribution would be generally swift and always sure, attacks on US leaders — or US citizens overall — would likely decrease wonderfully. And such a policy would return us once again to an objectively moral path.

These issues demand serious debate. Traditionalists who decry even the possibility of attacking these sources of human misery in such a manner generally do so from campuses or comfortable offices. They are out of contact with our citizenry and its needs, as they are phenomenally out of contact with the sheer violence of this world. They will immediately push the issue to absurd extremes, crying out that such a doctrine would amount to giving our military, .. a license to kill. But the purpose of a military is to kill, and if you cannot stomach that, you should not have a military.

The only operative question is whom the military should kill.
»» Col Ralph Peters: Revolution in Military Ethics
» IG: 17-05-30_eopftbragg-milethicsqa17-06-10_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick17-06-11_eopabolishfarm-wipoligarchlrfactoryfarm17-06-12_nyt-climatedealneedsbigstick-217-07-23_godscrazy-climatedealneedsbigstick-2.

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