Before and after Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution there is and will be Andy Caffrey’s Electoral Revolution: a comparison
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I was asked what is the difference between Bernie Sanders’ political revolution and Andy Caffrey’s electoral revolution. Here is my answer.
It is critical to the survival of the planet and human civilization that Bernie’s supporters start pushing Bernie’s campaign right now into alignment with my electoral revolutionary vision to create a New Green America and a New Green Planet that gets us off fossil fuels in ten years!
These are the memes we should be urging the parties, social activist groups, and every kind of media to push into the Presidential and Congressional campaigns of 2016. This is a vision that can unite enough Americans to redirect the country away from planetary omnicide. This is how we confront all of the candidates and all of conservative America during the 2016 electoral campaigns.
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Comparing Bernie’s political revolution to Andy’s electoral revolution
by Andy Caffrey
My revolution is centered in the horrifying ecological, social, and economic reality that Bernie has so far ignored: imminent polar ice sheet collapse and 20 feet of rapid global sea level increase this century.
I was the only person researching, publishing,and organizing about it starting 20 years ago. I was the only person who got the prediction right, which is why it has been fundamental to all of my political and economic thinking ever since.
That makes me the world’s leading expert on the subject and what to do about it, while Bernie remains silent about our greatest national security failure. So, alone he has no leadership to offer the nation in dealing with this ultimate threat to our nation: 132 nations over the next few decades are going to lose all of their coastline property. Billions of people must now be relocated before it becomes too late, before nations collapse. We must deal with this over just the next two decades.
The world scientific community first caught up to my warning in May 2014 when NASA climate scientists made the shocking announcement that they were certain that the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is “unstoppable.” In July 2015 James Hansen’s team published research concluding that because of this, the world is now going to see at least ten feet of global sea level rise over the next 50 years with an acceleration of rise in the decades following.
This means we are certain to see 20 feet of global sea level rise this century! That makes the climate denialists in government the greatest traitors to humanity in history. We can’t work with them! They must all be ousted from power and prosecuted. Nothing short of that will allow humans to organize enough changes to make any significant difference in the course of ecocide. This is the most important reason why we need an electoral revolution to oust the plutocrats from government, displaced by community leaders. We the People!
You can read that I warned of exactly this in the Summer 1998 issue of Earth Island Journal. So I’m the only person now who has lived with this reality for 20 years and the only person who understands how much we have to change human civilization and how fast we absolutely must make these changes in order to not blow it all.
Bernie’s revolution focuses almost entirely on just getting him elected president with a call for millions of people to come to Washington DC after his inauguration to protest for things like free college.
The critics are correct that he won’t be able to get any of his agenda through Congress and passed into law with this kind of “revolution.” But Hillary won’t be able to get anything through either. The Republican Congress has obstructed Obama’s entire agenda for eight years and they will do the same with Bernie’s or Hillary’s unless the Democrats win back the House and Senate. This is a fundamental blindspot, a planetarily lethal one that I do not share with them. I want to expand Bernie’s political revolution by fighting for the electoral revolution from the House floor.
My electoral revolution seems to focus primarily on me now but only as the first model of how we can displace the plutocrats e.g. in Congress with citizen/community leader politicians, just like the German Greens originally envisioned and organized to accomplish. So I’m talking about literally ousting the rulers nonviolently using organization around voting them out en masse.
I recognize that all of the Republicans and way too many of the Democrats are psychopaths and fascists running candidates–such as Hillary Clinton and all of the Republican presidential candidates–who will maintain a militaristic, neoliberal empire agenda. They love the empire. They love class society. They abandon the disadvantaged. They lack any coherent vision other than the model of the plutocrats. They truly lack conscience.
This is why no Democrat is going to get any more through a Republican-controlled House and Senate than Obama got. And if that case continues throughout the next administration, it will be lethal for the planet.
I use the term revolution literally. I mean the American people must oust the elite class that is ruling our democracy and grab the wheels of those federal institutions of our democracy to redirect the economy, political and social policy, massively change taxation by internalizing social and ecological costs, and go full speed ahead with a national emergency effort–akin to Roosevelt’s World War II response–to rebuild our entire nation around a bioregionally-centric, post-fossil fueled, post-nuclear powered economic infrastructure as fast as humanly possible.
Bernie’s revolution only hints at the raging ecocide around us and the massive, ubiquitous collapse of ecosystems. My revolution is centered in that reality and sets its priorities from that awareness. Bernie’s has no real-world ecological measurements at its core.
Mine is oriented around the realities of polar ice sheet collapse and how this absolutely means we have to immediately shut down and commence decommissioning all of the world’s coastal nuclear power plants. It takes 60 years to decommission a nuclear power plant in the U.S. using SAFSTOR procedures, but we only have 25-30 years to move them all away from the coasts before sea levels rise the first five feet and inundate them all causing 100 Fukushima-like meltdowns!
That means we the people have to figure out now what we are actually going to do with nuclear waste. We have twenty-five years to move it all away from the coasts, so what do we do about it? What is the least bad choice which can be acceptable to the anti-nuclear power activist movement? This must be widely discussed during the 2016 presidential race! But outside of the context of my electoral campaigns and my call for an electoral revolution no one is bringing this up at all!
It also means we have to deal internationally with a similar project of bioregionalizing the rest of the world’s national economies too. I think that project should be paid for based on each nation’s and each industry’s historical burden of emitting greenhouse gasses. So this revolution is global too, unlike Bernie’s.
Bernie’s political revolution doesn’t oust the plutocrats from power, so it is doomed to fail on every major issue and will not prevent total ecological collapse, the collapse of human civilization by century’s end, and omnicide within 3-400 years: a dead planet.
That is the bottom line as to why I’ve been pursuing this for ten years now. It is the only political model that has any vision for how we can prevent or substantially delay these looming disasters and–if the great ocean conveyer doesn’t stall–maintain enough biodiversity to perpetuate indefinitely an evolving biosphere and prevent omnicide.
My electoral revolution does not require membership in any party and can be pursued, at least in part, in most of the political parties. So my electoral revolution is actually fundamentally extrapolitical and centered in culture, certainly not in ideology.
What I’m creating is an architecture for saving the planet and radically improving the human condition, while reintegrating it into the global ecosystem.