In this March 8, 2018 file photo, people participate in a rally in support of the United Nations Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany.
The global agreement to curb emissions by the year 2050 is a step in the right direction, but it could also usher in a world where billionaires rule the world, writes David Rubenstein.
The global agreement is a big step, but is it the start of the end?
By David Rubinstein, AP WriterBy David RubsteinA world that is ruled by the rich is a world in which the poor live in squalor and despair, writes John Pilger.
A world of billionaires rule?
That’s not quite right.
The world of the 1% isn’t ruled by a super-rich oligarchy, or a bunch of rich guys who are all really, really, totally awesome, writes Daniel Schorr, a writer for The Nation.
Instead, it’s a world of one-percenters, who are run by the 1%, and it’s not a very nice place to live.
In this March 9, 2018 photo, an activist uses a bicycle to pass by a car on a busy street in Seoul, South Korea.
The South Korean government has proposed a tax on carbon emissions, and a national carbon tax.
It is also considering a nationwide cap-and-trade system to cut emissions, but this would have to be done over a much longer period of time.
Why do we want to end the 1%: One of the reasons why we want the world to end its pollution problem is because it has the power to do it, writes Dan Drezner, a professor at Stanford University.
It is not just the 1%.
And while the 1 percent is the most powerful, it is not the only one.
It’s the richest group of people in the world.
The richest 1% has the most wealth and the most influence in society.
The wealthiest 10% has more wealth and more influence than any other group in the United States, and they control almost the entire federal government.
Even in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world — the United Kingdom — it is the wealthiest 5 percent of people who own most of the land.
The United States is the richest country on Earth with an average annual income of $3.3 million.
The global economy is in the hands of a small group of powerful people, writes Michael Sandel, a political scientist at Boston College.
It depends on their decisions.
The power of the ruling class is built into the system.
And the ruling classes are not going to be deterred by any changes in our world, he writes.
I don’t think we’re going to see a transition to a more just society anytime soon, says Daniel Levitin, a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
We can expect it over the next 20 years, or so, he says.
That means that if we’re serious about addressing climate change, we need to move beyond the 1 Percent.
We need to create a world that the rich can rule, writes Joshua Foer, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
But the 1 is not going away.
What we need is a new way to think about what we’re doing, and what we might want to do differently.
We have to move away from a world dominated by the richest and most powerful.
That’s what a world without the 1 will look like.
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