Climate crisis: Our government is captured by billionaires; the solution is civil disobedience

I’ve mentioned the Matthew Filipowicz Show before because I think Matt is one of the smartest satirists around. His take on his subjects is ironic, and his understanding of his topics is excellent. This time Matt and I talk about global warming — where we are, where we’re going and how to stop the climate crisis before it gets out of hand — yes, I’m optimistic, as you’ll hear.

Humorist Matt Filipowicz explains Obama’s non-sensical Kill List defense

Our segment is roughly one-third of the show, but I’m embedding the whole thing because it’s all good. Feel free to skip to the segments you’re interested in — I’ve identified time markers for you below, and it’s easy to scrub to the start-point you want.

Those segments are:

▪ Matt’s opening “righteous rant” about the GOP Shutdown™, which leads immediately to:

▪ A serious and total frying of the Democrats starting at 5:02. Listen for the chunk that starts, “The actual left isn’t some trained dancing monkey…” (8:55). No one skewers Democrats who are not progressive like Matt.

Our climate segment starts at 11:08. Matt and I look at the overall climate problem and its solutions. I thought we did a good job on this topic.

Listen starting at 25:04 to hear the headline comment — about billionaire capture of the political process being the real climate perp. We talk about solutions — and civil disobedience — starting at 27:40 and again at 31:00.

▪ The interview with Lisa Graves, who ran ALECexposed and is now doing the same sunshine job on privatized government services, starts at 33:45. This is a seriously good segment if you have the time to listen.

Privatizers are on the march everywhere in the country. Your child could be eating horse-meat hamburgers served to her by an international “catering” company that has your school district’s school lunch contract. No more local produce for you, little girls and boys. Megacorp gotta make a profit, their CEOs need their millions, and your local politicians are ready to deal. Lisa Graves discusses just this example.

Matt has more about this show here. For just the climate segment, start listening at 11:08:

My recent climate writing, on which this interview is based, is here:

Climate crisis: Why we’re on track for 7°C warming or greater by 2100

Don’t believe the latest lie: There is no “pause” in global warming

95% certainty humans causing global warming, per new UN climate report

Lisa Graves’ work is here — Outsourcing America Exposed. It’s beautifully researched and excellent.

“Our” billionaires are a sorry lot

A reminder — almost all of “our” billionaires are privatizing neoliberal louts, just like their Milton Friedman cousins on the right. We can’t count on them for anything, much less the kind of financial support that movement conservatives get from “their” billionaires. Our billionaires may believe in the good and the gay, if you don’t turn them a profit, they’re also the gone, and fast.

Of all progressive outlet types, progressive media needs the most help, since it’s the most expensive to produce. All of which leads me to say …

If you like the Matthew Filipowicz Show, feel free to support it.

Literally, every dollar helps, with all of these shows. I’ve donated; you can too. And thanks!


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