Like most of you, we at OCA and Regeneration Worldwide are sick and bored with gloom and doom, false guarantees, and authoritarian/technocratic schemes. We’re had sufficient of the mad science, genetic engineering, war-mongering, fear-mongering, political corruption, company greed, cancel tradition, and media censorship. We’re bored with political posturing and sectarianism (“my subject or my constituency is extra vital than your subject or your constituency”). We’re achieved with name-calling and yelling at each other as a substitute of sitting down and determining how we, the 99%, can transfer ahead on actual options for the U.S. and the world’s most urgent and harmful crises—whereas agreeing to disagree on most of the secondary points that can probably nonetheless divide us for the foreseeable future.
I prefer to name this ecumenical strategy twenty first Century Populism, regardless that the liberal and conservative Institution need us to consider that grassroots populism is a grimy phrase, a synonym for intolerance and unlettered ignorance. However as Thomas Frank factors out in his 2020 ebook, The Individuals No: A Transient Historical past of Anti-Populism, nearly the whole lot we hear about populism within the mass media is fallacious. For a lot of, “populism” is seen as a daunting factor, a time period pundits use to explain the racist statements of politicians akin to Donald Trump and European extremists.
However Populism, traditionally as a nineteenth and twentieth Century pro-democracy and class-conscious Motion of farmers and staff, and at the moment as a information for grassroots organizing and Motion constructing, really includes ranging from the place peculiar individuals are at, as a substitute of the place we want they had been at. True populism means build up belief and attaining consensus, beginning on the private, neighborhood, and grassroots degree. Populism means focusing in on the essential financial and survival points that should be handled now.
In America we’re not going to outlive, a lot much less thrive, except we begin to convey collectively our various, and at the moment divided communities, city and rural, minority and white, working class and middle-class, younger and outdated alike. You don’t have to like everybody within the new coalition we want, you simply must domesticate multi-cultural, multi-class tolerance and respect, frequent sense, and an important perception in free speech and constitutional free selection and liberty. We don’t should agree on the whole lot, we simply want to interrupt down the partitions and subject silos that divide us and focus our efforts on popularizing and implementing the important options that all of us, the varied 99%, must survive and thrive.
For the subsequent few months, whereas nonetheless exposing the evildoers, we’re going to attempt to focus extra on optimistic options, a type of Populist Roadmap for our ailing physique politic and our shattered democracy. As an alternative of endlessly reporting on the dangerous information, we’ll focus extra on the very best practices of pure well being, meals as drugs, local weather options, environmental restoration, peace, disarmament, and justice. We’ll level to present Regenerative greatest practices that should be scaled up, and spotlight insurance policies that may doubtlessly unite a essential mass of the physique politic: liberals and conservatives, libertarians and radicals, independents, and sure, populists.
A Populist Remedy for the Local weather Disaster: Regeneration
For a begin let’s cease pontificating and arguing within the summary about our present environmental and local weather disaster. We’re not going to fully abolish fossil gas use in the timeframe we have now left to keep away from runaway international warming. Nonetheless, there’s a sensible, shovel-ready strategy to not solely mitigate the local weather disaster, and restore our polluted setting, but in addition to enhance most working class and rural folks’s livelihoods and really reverse international warming.
Our prescribed remedy for the local weather disaster is to mix natural and regenerative meals, farming, and land-use with a gradual however regular motion towards various sources of power and power conservation. In keeping with the actual world information and actual world greatest practices which encourage OCA and Regeneration Worldwide, fossil gas emissions will be (and certain will probably be) lowered by 50% over the subsequent 10 years, whereas enhanced plant and forest photosynthesis and pure carbon drawdown and sequestration in soils and biota, have the potential to cancel out the remaining 50%. We don’t want fossil fuels and atomic power in the long term, but it surely’s going to take us some time (10-20 years) to part them out.
Regenerative and natural meals, farming, and land use, as we’ve seen from our organizing over the previous decade, have a really broad enchantment. Regenerative practices, correctly framed, can enchantment to each cowboys and Indians; farmers, ranchers, and customers; (most) Republicans, Democrats, Greens, and Independents; city and rural conservationists; younger local weather and meals activists; and even ethically-minded companies and traders.
Right here’s the final chapter in my latest ebook, Grassroots Rising, the place I supply up a populist roadmap for 2020-2030, designed to reverse the local weather disaster and revitalize American democracy.
Right here’s a latest essay the place I speak about how we are able to fund this Regeneration Revolution.