March 2009 Archives

Royalty shows how it is done

Britain’s Prince Charles knows how it is done:   Step forward, say what needs to be said, demonstrate leadership through tough-love.   He breeds admiration and loyalty.

By speaking up, royalty calls out the power and the money of the world to do the right thing.   Our modern Captains of Capitalism need to ascend to a new role of nobility at least.  And they are not good at it.  Capitalism lacks a future, has no leaders and is rapidly losing it’s foundation and following.

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The Fresh Prince of Clean Air
Prince Charles says financial crisis is ‘nothing’ compared to climate change

RIO DE JANEIRO — The current global financial crisis is “nothing” compared to the impact of climate change, Britain’s Prince Charles warned Thursday as he called for urgent environmental protection measures.   “We are, I fear, at a defining moment in the world’s history,” he told a meeting of Brazilian business leaders and officials in Rio deJaneiro half-way through a Latin America tour. “The global recession is far worse than any seen for generations,” he said, adding that growing demand for energy and food created the potential for “political uncertainty in every continent.”  But, worse, he said, was that “the threat of catastrophic climate change calls into question humanity’s continued survival on the planet.”

He stressed: “Any difficulties which the world faces today will be as nothing compared to the full effects which global warming will have on the world-wide economy.”   http://www.grist.org/news/2009/03/12/Charles/index.html

The US has (or used to have) vast wealth and the most power held by individuals and institutions.  But what we lack is nobility or a royal class.   I am not asking for a return to the King George, I am asking our economic leaders to stop the denial, halt the squabbling and step up an attitude that reflects care and respect for their subjects.   People, subjects and markets are crucial to the future of their markets.

It is sad that we have to plead with the captains of our corporatocracy to preserve the very class of people responsible for their wealth and power.   What short-sighted, narrow minded idiocy this is - that we must petition the corporatocracy to halt the destruction of our people and our mutual future.  Off with their heads!

After WWII - then Princess Elizabeth, in her first trip overseas said  “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

That is royalty.  Serve your subjects.  Even in business this is a common goal; “partnerships” is the jargon.  Instead, our rapacious idiot corporatocracy has plundered our future.   Now they are losing the campaign and desperate for change.

Now they need to be reborn, be reformed or die.   They might take a lesson from the multigenerational monarchy.   It is a small request to ask our leaders to take charge and take a lead and act like a caring monarch.

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Thanks goes out to a prince of a man, Joe Romm for his link — his ClimateProgress.org is the key to staying current about global warming and the political change surrounding the issue.   Recently Joe ran parallel pieces on his site and in Salon about the Gates Foundation and its failure to acknowledge global warming.