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Capitalism's war on climate science

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A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

 

James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

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https://socialistworker.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/425/images/289704683_3dd8ca6d65_o.jpgMarch 1, 2017 | The Earth revolves around the sun. That was the simple proposition that resulted in 17th century Italian scientist and astronomer Galileo falling foul of Catholic authorities, who banned his works and placed him under permanent house arrest. The idea espoused by Galileo and other scientists was, according to a Papal Condemnation of June 1633, "formally heretical, because it is expressly contrary to Holy Scripture."

According to scripture, the earth was the center of the universe, and the sun, the moon and the planets all revolved around it. Anyone who dared to contradict this view was silenced. The authority of the church--the ideological "glue" that held together Italian society at the time and enabled its rulers to continue in their position of power and privilege--depended on it.

James Plested is a Melbourne writer, graphic designer and long-time leftist sports fan.

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