…e, how readily and outrageously they’ve violated other human beings just to make an extra buck. And when they finally, finally realize they can’t drink the oil or eat the money, how far will they go? When the check comes due, what does history tell us they’re going to do to our Black asses? What are they going to do to Indigenous people?
…eal-life Bond villains Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are talking about space travel and colonizing Mars? The apex hyper-capitalists we’ve been conditioned to lavish with praise for hoarding wealth as they bust unions and pay their workers starvation wages are gaming things to their logical conclusions while we’re out here talking about teaching inner-city kids to code. Machine learning means that soon enough, the computers will be writing code themselves. Apps will …
…alfeasance of the West. As are Black and Brown people in America. And it’s only going to get worse. It’s not an accident that Flint still doesn’t have clean water, while Nestle has bottling rights at a fresh water source nearby that it pays next to nothing for. That is capitalism functioning as intended.
I’ve just emptied another clip into Santa, I know. But now that we’re truly beginning to see the ravages of climate change — all the result of capitalism’s vagaries — can we afford to keep fooling ourselves? Our way of life, all this consumption and acquisitiveness, all this waste, isn’t just spiritually and emotionally unsatisfying, it is suicidal. It is geocidal. We are destroying the climatic conditions required for our species to survive.
Teenagers will save us. So, just like Emma Gonzalez, my students did not back down nor conform. They fought for their rights. They won. And, adults can learn a lot from the teens of this generation. While the adults are complacent, jaded, and disparaged, teenagers are ignited, spirited, and take no prisoners. Do not squander their fight; they really are our future. Do not call them entitled; that entitlement is their drive and their passion. Do not get in their way: they will crush you.