I’ve had these two bits on my desktop screen for months now. I don’t think I’m going to come up with anything else to say about either of these observations. However, I would like to share them. Also I think I’d like other opinions on the matter. (I’ve left the comments open.) So here is a very short post on somewhat related randomness.
Fixing the Mess Through Job Creation
The problem with going at our problems through the mechanism of job creation is that it is not profitable to fix most of our problems. You can’t fix waste, emissions, deforestation and a great many more things through the market. You can’t sell anything. Perhaps we can use public monies to pay people to plant trees. So if the jobs are public sector, that might work. But it will not work in the private sector. Well, unless we pay public monies to private enterprise to employ people doing unprofitable things — which sort of seems like an unnecessary financial drain. Because we should be doing all this for ourselves. Without any market involvement.
Sustainable vs Justice?
There is very little division between a transition to a sustainable world and the transition to a just world. Climate justice is almost redundant. If we fix the wrongs that create and perpetuate biophysical disruption and disaster, we will also be fixing the wrongs that create and perpetuate social disruption and disaster. Similarly, if we address all the societal wrongs across the planet, we’ll make the biophysical planet a healthier place to be. From polar melting to casual misogyny, rampant racism to runaway extinction, the steps needed to address our wrong-doing are the same. And none of these things we can do to make this world a better place are profitable. Thus corporate tech is not going to save us.
©Elizabeth Anker 2021