"If global energy use is reduced enough to ensure climate safety, but the extent of energy inequality remains as it is today, more than 4 billion people will not have access to decent living energy."
Colonialism was not just physical aggression but also an ideology. Violence was justified e.g. by selective readings of the bible and eugenics.
Michael Kwet argues aptly that in a similar way digital colonialism – the expansion of #BigTech to the Global South – rests on stories of "inevitable" progress in the areas that are most profitable to BigTech (#BigData, centralization, cloud computing, smart cities, AI).
To reject digital colonialism we must replace the narrative.
The Anthropocene – a term that is used to describe a real and terrifying geological epoch – also de-politicizes the discussion and sweeps inequalities under the rug.
Who is the human of the Anthropocene? Who gets off the hook when all humans get equal blame?
"With less globalization Finland would lose, not win." - a right wing economist before elections
This is how you make "exploiting people far away is lucrative" palatable.
Writing is hard. Just spent four days on two blog posts, and in the end decided they aren't good enough to publish.
On a positive note, I'm proud I didn't fall into the sunk cost trap.