I have this nightmare. The ecosphere is burning. I found a fire hydrant, but nobody believes me.
More than forty years have been wasted because the answers would be unpopular, and if one major polluter pulled out of the rat race their market share would just be taken up by other rat racers. That remains true as long as the growth culture persists.
I did no fully grasp this in 1973 when I joined what became the Green Party, but I did invent the universal basic income (UBI), unaware that it already existed. I had a new, very different reason – to give everyone security so that the 1972 MIT report Limits to Growth could be heeded – by people and governments.
My mind works differently from most. The online Asperger’s test says I am borderline. Part of my nightmare consists of a chorus of normal minds who are as worried as I am about destruction of the ecosphere apparently not seeing the need for a way of guaranteeing necessities, making the option of less economic activity acceptable, or if they do, the crisis isn’t serious enough yet to risk the UBI. Common misconceptions are that scroungers will take advantage, and that there are enormous difficulties with a UBI. Explanations are all there somewhere in my blog.
But there must be some readers who follow my logic. If in your opinion, I am suffering from a psychotic delusion, please tell me. By definition us psychotics cannot listen to reason, but at least I would understand why I feel I am getting nowhere with a vital piece of information. But why are those (few?) who do not think I am insane not as obsessed as I am with getting the UBI publicized? My belief in the UBI may be a delusion, but at least my desperation as a result is entirely rational.
What seemed (to me) a prudent idea in 1973 is now desperately urgent. I am a midget trying to find a giant who who already has the ear of the media who will let me stand on their shoulders. With most recipients, (Attenborough, Monbiot) attempts to communicate are drowned by thousands of others, but with some, I am not sure they even received them, Kate Raworth, Dr. Alice Roberts for example.
Caroline Lucas has known me since the 1980s. Does she not think that the UBI (or some better way to make downsizing thinkable) is absolutely vital? But Caroline has a normal mind. She sees difficulties in implementing the UBI, and she is a socialist, which may have obscured for her how the UBI might heal the haves/have nots divide.
Greta Thunberg has not responded to my appeal for dialogue. She is a teenager under enormous pressure. I can understand those around her fending off anything which might add to that pressure. I wondered if her Asperger’s diagnosis might help her to see my drift, but she is focussed on the problem. Answers are someone else’s problem (though not, imo, the scientists).
How do I get the narrative of this weblog into the mainstream? Should I spend a few days outside the Swedish parliament with my placard? One side, for the public says
“The End of the World is need not be at hand”
The other side, for those who are already as worried as Greta, Caroline, Attenborough, Monbiot, Raworth, Roberts, the whole of XR . . . . reads:
“What has the Basic Income to do with Climate Breakdown?”
Would sitting solo outside Westminster do the trick just as well?
My ultimate weapon of a hunger strike would not work (according to my son) because you have to be famous to start with. But my demand is quite modest. If backing by anyone of a list of celebrities to convert my weblog into a book is too much, is a public dialogue with one of them out of the question?
Strategic advice please.