Naomi Klein (new book, This Changes Everything) has a point. In fact, the only point from here on in, and the one that dictates the others.
Take war: the reason we’ve started these wars is for advantage, whether that’s for oil contracts (Iraq, Libya), or territorial advantage from non-allies (Syria (on the way to oil-rich Iran), Ukraine (challenging Russia)).
Imperial motives aren’t humane ones. Funny, we had something similar about 100 years ago; empires, including ours, rubbing up against each other. I don’t remember that ending well.
If anything the US-UK empire is more aggressive. We often may not see it because ours are masters of propaganda and only do anything from the most humanitarian of principles. But we’ve so run out of planet to exploit that for years we’ve been profit-mining the future of the economy itself, let alone the planet which comes a poor third.
Green Party policy doesn’t start from how can we better exploit everything and everybody, it starts from the point of sustainability: how do we put less strain on each other and on the environment, how do we harmonise life, society and nature. These are immensely valuable ideas.
They’re also hard to remember when you’re tied to the back of a runaway train.