Remake the World
While we are regaled with images of Mars, back here on Earth our planet and its people are in distress. The eco-crisis continues unabated. There are wars and the threats of wars. And, of course, the coronavirus. The pandemic has not only taken millions of lives it has revealed in graphic terms the acute inequalities between the haves and the have nots. Rapacious capitalism preys on insecurity. It creates a class of vulnerable people who are easily exploited. To secure a brighter, more equitable and just future a radical transformation of our economy and society is required. As Astra Taylor warns us we either “shift course or race off the cliff, taking” the future “down with us.”
Rebecca Solnit is an award-winning essayist and environmental historian. She is the author of over a dozen books, including The Faraway Nearby, Savage Dreams, Men Explain Things to Me, and Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.
“No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that’s marked this new millennium.” – Bill McKibben
Astra Taylor is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of What is Democracy? She is co-founder of the Debt Collective, a union for debtors, and contributed the foreword to the group’s book, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition. She is the author of Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, the American Book Award winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age and Remake the World.