I just read this fantastic New York Times piece, "The Climate Crisis? It's Capitalism, Stupid." I encourage you all to read it. In many ways, it's a perfect distillation of all my current political thought, and why, if I think about it too long, I believe the human race is in a lot of trouble.
The article rightly points out that, the climate crisis is not the failure of individuals or evil corporations but the system as a whole,
"The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any particular form of consumption, production or regulation but rather the very way in which we globally produce, which is for profit rather than for sustainability. So long as this order is in place, the crisis will continue and, given its progressive nature, worsen. This is a hard fact to confront. But averting our eyes from a seemingly intractable problem does not make it any less a problem. It should be stated plainly: It’s capitalism that is at fault.
As an increasing number of environmental groups are emphasizing, it’s systemic change or bust. From a political standpoint, something interesting has occurred here: Climate change has made anticapitalist struggle, for the first time in history, a non-class-based issue."
Are we ready for wholesale systemic changes to our entire system? If the new GOP tax plan is any indication, we're actually doubling down on old behaviors. This strikes me as madness. It's the screaming cries of late capitalism in the throes of its last breaths. You could hear the voices of a new angrier populist in the 2016 election... will those voices start to come to the forefront soon?