Response to Bill Blais – potable water
This is just nonsense.
Do the numbers.
If we got all the drinking water for every person on the planet from New Zealand (a rather small island nation that I happen to live in), then it would take just 2 cm of the rainfall that lands here every year (way less than 1% of the rain in NZ).
Drinking water isn’t the issue. The issue is the industrial use of water, and the way marketing systems find ever more creative ways to waste water in the name of making money, yet somehow manage to convince people (like Bill above) that it is about the survival needs of people.
We can easily feed the entire population, but not within an economic system that is based on scarcity and competitive markets. (Free markets distribute resources at the cube of capital involved – a very long way from cooperative or fair.)
We are a fundamentally cooperative species, and we need fundamentally cooperative social systems.
Our existing systems of economics and finance are essentially cheating systems on the cooperative body of humanity (cancers that need to be controlled).
We can do much better.
We need to.
Automated systems can deliver a high standard of living to everyone on the planet, within the ecological limits of the systems; but doing so would break the money system.
We need to get real about what is done for the needs of people, and what is done for the needs of capital.