The Case

The Case for Mobilization is a 50-page document that clearly lays out the reasons why we are already in a climate emergency, why national economic mobilization is the only way to fight climate change that can actually secure our civilization and democracy, and what such a mobilization would look like. It is the most comprehensive articulation yet of our vision. 

We hope that Mobilizers will find it useful in sharpening their arguments and recruiting efforts, and that interested or skeptical people will read it to understand what TCM is all about.  

 

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  • commented 2016-03-22 21:43:27 -0400
    This generally excellent document gives a false impression in a couple of places. One is that only by sacrificing consumer production could the US go on a war production footing. But the large scale unemployment at the time, from an incomplete New Deal still trying to recover from the Great Depression, had left millions unemployed, underemployed or ineffectively employed to respond to the need for workers and military personnel. The relative equality of the US at the time, at least compared to today, left almost everyone with either comfortable room to sacrifice some consumer goods and services, or choices. (Many of those choices involved risking life and limb, unfortunately.)

    Compare our situation in the US with that of the USSR. Already at full employment just to meet basic food and survival needs, having suffered massive casualties (30 million, by the end) from civil war and repression, and then suffering from loss of energy supply lines, food production areas and territory, with floods of internal refugees to care for, Soviet capacity was pushed to the limit by the war. Tremendous deprivation was caused by the switch to war production. Millions starved or froze to death, especially in the war zone. Read about what inhabitants of Leningrad went through during the 2 1/2 year siege, for example: 1.5 million dead, an equal number evacuated. For about 3 months at one point daily civilian rations consisted of 4 1/2 ounces of bread which was half made of sawdust, and for 2 weeks even that was only available to soldiers and prioritized workers. In the end, resupply of the city over a frozen lake was largely made possible by US-made trucks, part of our wartime mobilization.

    Today, nearly 2 billion people hover on or near the edge of starvation, half of them in the uncertain realm of “food insecurity” though for now, people in that category mostly have enough to eat. Climate change threatens that, but increasing equality, and increasing employment in a global climate mobilization (especially one that involved massive planting of forests and transforming farms to ecologically sustainable forms and diets) could solve several of our most serious problems at once. The US is grossly unequal compared to 1941; though poverty in the US is hardly as dire as world poverty, climate catastrophe could push the US to 3rd world levels if we don’t prepare now. A climate mobilization would be just the green jobs program needed in several ways both in the world and the US, but if we don’t act immediately, in both the US and the rest of the world any existing comfort margin and ability to respond effectively could be wrecked very quickly.
  • commented 2016-03-15 13:39:03 -0400
    The Case for Mobilization is compelling. It is well researched, documented and written. I intend to explore some the sources used to expand my understanding and help me answer questions from people I recruit to the cause.