Before and after Bernie Sanders’s Political Revolution there is and will be Andy Caffrey’s Electoral Revolution: a comparison
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During his 2016 presidential campaign I was asked what is the difference between Bernie Sanders’s political revolution and Andy Caffrey’s electoral revolution. Here is my answer slightly updated for 2018 and 2020. Much of what I callled for Berniecrats to do they are now doing with great intensity, focus, and gusto! Bravo!
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 design, fund and construct 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 our Congressional and Presidential campaigns of 2018 and 2020. This is a vision that can unite enough Americans to organize in concert to redirect the country away from planetary omnicide before it’s too late. This is how we must confront all of status quo candidates of all parties and all of conservative America during the 2018 and 2020 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 in West Antarctica and Greenland and 20-43 feet of rapid, global sea level increase this century into the next.
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 rather expert on the subject and, as an organizer for the last fifty years, what to do about it, while Bernie yet remains silent about it, our greatest national security failure. 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. Eighty of the 100 largest cities in the world will be obliterated. Their economies and governments will collapse. The entropy will be way too great to reverse. Just look at Trump’s Puerto Rico.
Billions of people must now be relocated before it becomes too late for all of us: before nations collapse. Civilizations, like organisms, have tolerances that must not be exceded or overwhelmed or they too die.
We must deal with this over just the next two decades. We must start by initiating the decommissioning this year of all the world’s coastal nuclear power facilities or else our children and grandchildren will live in a world of Fifty Fukushimas simultaneously.
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 impending massive collapse, 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.
A year later, NOAA was making presentations to insurance industry risk assessors pointing to nine feet of sea level rise by 2050. Jill Stein began pointing this out in her campaign. No one else did.
In 2017 the state of California issues a report planning for 10 feet of sea level rise over the next 70 years. And now, during the 2018 primary campaign, a week ago as I update this, the city of Arcata is warning from their new planning study of 15 feet increases by 2100. Until four years ago, the world’s climate scientists were publishing that this wasn’t going to happen for another 3,000 years. To say that we’re not at all prepared to plan for any of this is an understatement! Everyone I know is still acting as if none of this is going to happen! Even climate activists!
So it’s up to us to change that!
This means we are certain to see 20 feet of Republican and Democratic petrocrat-generated accelerated global sea level rise this century! That makes the petrocratic climate denialists in government over the last forty years the greatest traitors to humanity in history! Really!
We can’t work with them! They will let the planet’s ecosystems destabilize and fail. They are ploughing through all of the planet’s ecosystem redundancies and won’t stop until global system failure and inevitable rapid human extinction.
They must all be ousted from power and many of them prosecuted. Nothing short of that will allow humans to organize enough changes together with common focus to make any significant difference in the domino-course of ecocidal collapse.
This is the most important reason why we need an electoral revolution to oust the plutocrats from government, displaced by community leaders: US! We the People!
You can read my exact warning in the Summer 1998 issue of Earth Island Journal. I’m pretty much the only person now who has lived with this reality for 20 years, so the only person who has depth understanding of how much we have to change human civilization and how fast we absolutely must make these changes in order to not blow it all. And that is 100% guaranteed if our electoral revolution is not victorious. Failure is not an option here.
Bernie’s revolution was focused 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, Medicare for all, and a $15 minimum wage.
The critics are correct that he won’t be able to get any of his agenda through Congress and passed into law with his 2016 kind of “revolution.” But Hillary wouldn’t have been able to get anything through either. The Republican Congress obstructed Obama’s entire agenda for eight years. They unconstitutionally stole his last Supreme Court appointment and they will do the same with Bernie’s unless the Democrats win back the House and Senate, with the revolutionary Democrats making the electoral difference to win the majority back. That’s how Greens in other countries with parliamentary systems win ministries in the federal government
This is a fundamental blindspot of Bernie and Hillary–a planetarily lethal one if not corrected by 2020–that I do not share with them. Instead, I want to expand Bernie’s political revolution by fighting for the electoral revolution from the House floor.
My electoral revolution expressed solely through my Congressional and 2016 presidential campaigns may have seemed to some to focus primarily on my election to congress. But that was only as the first model of how we can displace the plutocrats (i.e. 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 plutocratic rulers of both major parties nonviolently, using organization of atuned voters around voting elites out en masse.
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 the 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 bioregional, post-fossil fueled, post-nuclear powered economic infrastructure as fast as humanly possible.
That is the central task that everyone concerned about global warming must get their heads around and help out with great urgency!
Bernie’s revolution only hints at the raging ecocide around us and the massive, ubiquitous, rapid collapse of ecosystems. My revolution is centered in that reality. It sets its priorities from that awareness. Bernie’s has no real-world ecological measurements at its core. He does seem to have a scientific sense of measurement to how low we must get concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gasses or by what deadline. I can help him out with that a lot if he wants my help.
My concept of the progressive and green electoral revolution is oriented around the realities of polar ice sheet collapse. Around 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 reactor in the U.S. using SAFSTOR procedures, but we only have 25-30 years to move them all far enough away from the coasts, before sea levels rise the first five feet and inundate them all causing 50 Fukushima-like meltdowns!
This also means that we the people have to figure out now what we are actually going to do with all that damned stinking, radioactive nuclear waste! We have twenty-five years to cool all coastal reactors enough and move the radioactive components and waste away from the coasts. So what do we do about it, my friend? I don’t know! I’m all ears!
What is the least bad choice which can be acceptable to the anti-nuclear power activist movement? This must be widely discussed during the 2018 and 2020 Congressional and presidential races!
It also means we have to deal internationally with a similar project of bioregionalizing the rest of the world’s national economies too. We’re not going to get atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses back to a stabilized natural range by simply decarbonizing the good ‘ole US of A and the rich nations of the world!
I think the global project should be paid for by each nation based on each nation’s and each industry’s historical responsibility from the amount of greenhouse gasses it released into the commons.
So the electoral revolution is global too Bernie’s, not so much.
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.
Fortunately, I can conceive of Bernie getting his head around all of this and correcting course if large numbers of us redirect him to do so. Especially with all of our help, my friends!
That is the bottom line as to why I’ve been pursuing an electoral revolution for twelve years now, since election night 2006. It is the only political model that has any vision for how we can prevent or substantially delay these looming disasters and–if the global great ocean conveyer current doesn’t stall–maintain enough biodiversity to perpetuate indefinitely an evolving biosphere, that can support civilized human communities 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 or as unaffiliated voters working together. So my electoral revolution is actually fundamentally extrapolitical and centered in culture, certainly not in ideology.
What I’ve been creating is an architecture for saving the planet and radically improving the human condition, while reintegrating it into the global ecosystem. I do think we can design and create a flourishing America and global civilization with safe communities and lives of love with joy-filled days.
But we’re at the bring right now. We have to organize right now, this week and every other week to do all that we must do. No more slackers!
Welcome to the Planet Savers! Welcome to Our Revolution!