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Joseph Robertson

Joseph Robertson

Global Strategy Director at Citizens’ Climate

Global Strategy Director at CitizensClimate.org; lead strategist, for ResilienceIntel.org & Engage4Climate.org; Founder of Liberate.Energy & Geoversiv — geoversiv.net/joseph

  • What the Trump administration calls “deregulation” is actually the unlawful removal of protections that are required to ensure no one is profiting by creating preventable threats to public health. This horrifying increase in potentially deadly threats is the direct result of a corrupt policy intended

    What the Trump administration calls “deregulation” is actually the unlawful removal of protections that are required to ensure no one is profiting by creating preventable threats to public health. This horrifying increase in potentially deadly threats is the direct result of a corrupt policy intended to put profit before people.

  • This is good for business, and a structural market imperative. Those that do not follow this lead will become less competitive, and then non-competitive. Investing in climate pollution has long been classed by economists as “destructive spending”, because it creates conditions like we are witnessing

    This is good for business, and a structural market imperative. Those that do not follow this lead will become less competitive, and then non-competitive. Investing in climate pollution has long been classed by economists as “destructive spending”, because it creates conditions like we are witnessing now in Australia. The current trend, if not significantly altered, will create conditions for simultaneous prolonged drought and crop failure across multiple “breadbasket” regions in the coming decades. Climate resilient investment will define market leaders in the 2020s.

  • A culture that fostered innovation and quality was replaced by one that didn’t but which justified itself with the idea that innovation and quality were too expensive. It seems that way of thinking ended up taking lives.

  • Defunding staff and prioritizing outside investors will accelerate the demise of retail giants. Only by providing a warmer, more personal and welcoming customer experience, can retail stores recapture the client loyalty that they used to compete to earn.

  • The most uncomfortable but implacable truth about the $400 trillion global pensions shortfall is that private-sector investment managers have taken huge profits and claimed incredible total new wealth gains across whole economies, while failing to produce sound stores of wealth to cover existing pension

    The most uncomfortable but implacable truth about the $400 trillion global pensions shortfall is that private-sector investment managers have taken huge profits and claimed incredible total new wealth gains across whole economies, while failing to produce sound stores of wealth to cover existing pension obligations. There is something mathematically and morally wrong with that fact, and it will have sweeping legal and political implications.

  • The moral perversion of Trump and his network of hate groups knows no bounds. To welcome as White House allies a group that promotes hate, discrimination and the removal of universal rights from some people based on their sexual orientation, and to dignify their hijacking of religion as grounds for such

    The moral perversion of Trump and his network of hate groups knows no bounds. To welcome as White House allies a group that promotes hate, discrimination and the removal of universal rights from some people based on their sexual orientation, and to dignify their hijacking of religion as grounds for such metaphysical violence, goes against everything this nation stands for.

  • The Trump tax cut had two purposes only: 1) to make Trump seem like he is “pro-business”, and 2) to give free help to already overvalued stock portfolios, to delay the collapse of the current bubble.

    The single most salient fact about the Trump tax cut was largely ignored by those who passed it: That

    The Trump tax cut had two purposes only: 1) to make Trump seem like he is “pro-business”, and 2) to give free help to already overvalued stock portfolios, to delay the collapse of the current bubble.

    The single most salient fact about the Trump tax cut was largely ignored by those who passed it: That it would make life much less affordable for most people in the United States. How? By undermining the quality and value of service funded by taxpayer money, on which everyone in the economy depends, and delivering money from most taxpayers directly into the pockets of people who can use it to pay for high-priced private services that help them overcome the spreading socio-economic and infrastructure deficits affecting everyone else.

    The Trump tax cuts not only shifted cash and additional marginal new income to the already ultra-wealthy; they also shifted macro-economic efficiencies, deepening structural biases that could undermine the Middle Class for generations, if not corrected.

    Purpose 1—to make Trump seem pro-business—was a dangerous deception, because he is terrible at business, economics and finance, and because he actively works to undermine the foundations of value for the whole economy. Purpose 2—to give free money to the already wealthy—was a dangerous tactical error, because it has the effect not of incentivizing investment but of incentivizing the hoarding of cash, and so will ultimately be one of the contributing factors to the coming recession.

    Take these together with the fact that the stock market is growing—based largely on capital-to-capital wealth transfers and not on real on-the-ground investment in people, communities, new game-changing products or better business models—and we face a steadily mounting crisis of the same kind we faced from 2005 to 2008, where accumulating reported value was actually becoming increasingly fictional. That fictitious sum total of new wealth effectively becomes a hole that needs to be filled to prevent total collapse—hence: TARP, QE and the lingering negative interest rates problem.

    11 years after the crash of 2008, we have still not filled in the hole created by the subprime mortgage derivatives racket, and yet we are witnessing in real time another attempt at the same failed scheme.

    The US urgently needs an alternative minimum corporate tax—to ensure corporations that work the existing system to pay zero in taxes do actually support the wider wellbeing of society. Perhaps more importantly, the US also needs a phased income-building tax-shift—to create incentives for capital to move into activities that generate higher incomes for ordinary people.

  • The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a military attack on NATO and an act of war against basic human rights. The regime behind it is permanently and comprehensively delegitimized unless and until every single co-conspirator is brought to justice. We need an independent international inquiry into the killing

    The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a military attack on NATO and an act of war against basic human rights. The regime behind it is permanently and comprehensively delegitimized unless and until every single co-conspirator is brought to justice. We need an independent international inquiry into the killing, and permanent coordinated worldwide sanctions against any individual or entity with any ongoing connection of any kind to those responsible.

  • Dozens, if not hundreds, of people at Boeing conspired to build a plane that had known flight-safety design flaws and then to conceal that fact from clients and pilots. The 737 Max can never be allowed to fly again, unless it is comprehensively redesigned to be physically capable of flight without need

    Dozens, if not hundreds, of people at Boeing conspired to build a plane that had known flight-safety design flaws and then to conceal that fact from clients and pilots. The 737 Max can never be allowed to fly again, unless it is comprehensively redesigned to be physically capable of flight without need for a hamfisted software override.

  • The poll’s margin of error allows for a Labour victory as well, and... three critical points appear not to have been taken into account: 1) the divide between Johnson loyalists and those who support the ousted rebel Tories; 2) escalating uncertainty about whether Johnson favors the unpopular No Deal

    The poll’s margin of error allows for a Labour victory as well, and... three critical points appear not to have been taken into account: 1) the divide between Johnson loyalists and those who support the ousted rebel Tories; 2) escalating uncertainty about whether Johnson favors the unpopular No Deal Brexit; 3) documentary evidence that Johnson has schemed the privatization of the NHS in a kind of reverse colonization agreement with the US.

    All three of these dynamics would significantly erode Johnson’s own chances of relating the premiership. And finally, the entire election could hinge on the desire of the majority of the British people to have a direct say in the final Brexit outcome.