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Is this the end of civilisation? We could take a different path | George Monbiot

24.01.2018
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Environmental breakdown, coupled with the self-destructive behaviour of governments, has set us on a road to ruin. And we're blocking off all means of escapeIt's a good question, but it seems too narrow: "Is western civilisation on the brink of collapse?" the lead article in this week's New Scientist asks. The answer is, probably. But why just western? Yes, certain western governments are engaged in a frenzy of self-destruction. In an age of phenomenal complexity and interlocking crises, the Trump administration has embarked on a mass de-skilling and simplification of the state. Donald Trump may have sacked his strategist, Steve Bannon, but Bannon's professed intention, "the deconstruction of the administrative state", remains the central - perhaps the only - policy.Defunding departments, disbanding the teams and dismissing the experts they rely on, shutting down research programmes, maligning the civil servants who remain in post, the self-hating state is ripping down the very apparatus of government. At the same time, it is destroying public protections that defend us from disaster. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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