Flying = Funding Lobbyists

July 9, 2024 by Joshua
in Freedom

There’s no two ways about it:

Flying = Funding Lobbyists

Not just lobbyists, fossil fuel lobbyists. Flying lines their pockets, along with the pockets of executives and shareholders of the fossil fuel-extracting companies that own them.

It’s 93F (34C) in Manhattan and not yet 11am. Congratulations to those who fly, buy plastic, and buy things needlessly shipped across oceans in container ships, like cars, fast fashion, and food that isn’t local.

Since I’m near NYU and its community often says we have to fix racism first, anyone who does those things promotes unsustainability and therefore imperialism, colonialism, and slavery. We know from history that slavery caused racism, as historian Eric Williams wrote in his book Capitalism and Slavery:

Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery

and Ibram Kendi echoed

“I had been taught that racist ideas cause racist policies. That ignorance and hate cause racist ideas. That the root problem of racism is ignorance and hate. But that gets the chain of events exactly wrong. The root problem,” he continued, “has always been the self-interest of racist power. Powerful economic, political, and cultural self-interest … has been behind racist policies. Powerful and brilliant intellectuals … then produced racist ideas to justify the racist policies.”

Anyone claiming sustainability is something to work on after racism has their cause and effect backward. I suspect they’re trying to assuage their inner conflict at hurting the people they claim to help and contributing to the problem they claim they want to solve.

Anyway, back to the point of this post:

Flying = Funding Lobbyists

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