Re: FirstRateCrowd's EIRA

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:35 pm, #16
by MaureenCarter
I would like to focus on climate change as a form of homicide perpetuated by the rich upon the poor. It is one of the elite's weapons to commit murder. Yes, murder! It may be a slow form of murder, but so can be poisonings, knifings, or torture, some of which can make an individual suffer prolonged periods of time before their final demise. Nonetheless, the result is the same, the eventual death-dealing blow to a person by a perpetrator. Does it matter if the killing was done with an axe or a gun, or can it be something more insidious and hidden such as a pen signing a piece of legislation; the latter pen signing many times done under the cloak of legal jurisdiction in the name of doing something seemingly positive.

Wealth creates more wealth which in turn concentrates political power into the hands of the few. This political power is then used to create a manufactured economic inequality. Just take the case of NIMBY,(Not In My Back Yard), where the wealthy through legislation will dictate that a polluting coal plant be located in a poorer section of a county. It is well know what the toxic fumes of these industrial facilities do to the poor who live closest to them. Yes, murder I say. It is slow and insidious with no regards to the suffering individuals will endure by these legislative actions carried out to protect the rich who, like the insects I studied for a living, cocoon themselves off from the dangers of the world.

And now we can look forward to murder on a grand scale with climate change.

The Weather Channel
Climate Change Death Rates Will Soar by 2050, Experts Say
By Pam Wright, February 23 2018
Death rates as a result of climate change could top a quarter of a million a year by 2050, according to experts and the World Health Organization.

Saskia Heijnen of Wellcome Trust, a London-based biomedical research charity, told attendees of the Global Health conference at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in Scotland that an estimated 250,000 deaths will be directly attributed to climate change by 2050.
Is inequality bad for the environment?
The Guardian by Danny Dorling, 4 Jul 2017 ... nvironment
there is growing evidence that countries with a bigger gap between rich and poor do more harm to the planet
That equality matters in terms of health and happiness has been clear for some years. But it is also better for the environment. The evidence (which is still emerging) suggests the most unequal affluent countries contribute more to climate change via pollution than their more equal counterparts.

The Guardian
'Inequality is not just bad economics – it’s bad for the planet too'
By Craig Bennett, 02 Nov, 2015 ... lanet-too
When we are in the midst of economic strife, as we saw in 2008, the health of our environment often gets shunted down the priority list by tough-talking governments. Environmental problems are often characterised as oppositional to raising living standards.

Research also suggests that more unequal societies find it hardest to deliver strong environmental policies. Indeed, as Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, authors of The Spirit Level, argue, “inequality is being taken up as an important environmental issue; because it drives status competition, it intensifies consumerism and adds to personal debt.”
The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Health of Everyone: The Relationship Between Social Inequality and Environmental Quality
Authors: Lara Cushing, Rachel Morello-Frosch,Madeline Wander, and Manuel Pastor
From the Annu. Rev. Public Health 2015. 36:193–209

Abstract A growing body of literature s ... ss healthy

From: Grist
Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment
By Susan Holmberg, Jul 5, 2015 ... vironment/
Economist James Boyce argues that, because wealth ultimately converts into political power, a society with high levels of wealth and income inequality leaves those at the bottom less able to resist the powerful interests that benefit from pollution. That’s consistent with the environmental justice movement’s message, but Boyce takes it further by arguing, “the total magnitude of environmental harm depends on the extent of inequality. Societies with wider inequalities of wealth and power tend to have more environmental harm.”
From my previous post,
The Guardian sheds light onto this matter with an article declaring , "inequality predicts homicide rates ‘better than any other variable’
It doesn't take a super detective to discover who the murder is. The wealthy are stabbing a knife into the backs of the poor to fatten their own portfolios. Let us call it what it is; murder. It is not hard to predict that homicides will continue to rise with escalating inequality and a lack of action regarding climate change by the rich.