And you can’t run democracy by the hate machine being fueled through the divide-and-rule policy of the 1 percent to destroy our oneness, our solidarity, our recognition that we are one humanity and can be strong when we fight for the rights of the planet and for our basic rights to food and water and livelihoods and justice and democracy.” —Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva has outdone herself once again by unpacking the entire system of globalized food production and how it relates to poverty and climate change. She explains how billionaires in finance and technology (Bill Gates and Bayer/Monsanto) are engineering the extinction of species in order to create scarcity that will force the world to buy its food from them. And so much more in this brilliant interview. Please watch, it’s probably the most informative and inspiring 28-minute interview you will hear this year.
Most of all, she calls out the hijacking of democracy by algorithms of hate that divide us and set us to destroy each other. Vandana Shiva champions our one-ness as a human species, saying that it is realizing our one-ness as human beings that will save us from extinction.
“Which is the tragedy these days, that the 1 percent money machine has become so powerful that it actually controls the political machine in a very big way. And we know the elections of the U.S. was Facebook handing over to Cambridge Analytica the “technology” angle, and you got the first artificial intelligence president based on algorithms of hate—hate for women, hate for blacks, hate for Muslims, hate for migrants. Now, you can’t run democracy on the hate machine. And you can’t run democracy by the hate machine being fueled through the divide-and-rule policy of the 1 percent to destroy our oneness, our solidarity, our recognition that we are one humanity and can be strong when we fight for the rights of the planet and for our basic rights to food and water and livelihoods and justice and democracy.” —Vandana Shiva
Widespread poverty and malnutrition, an alarming refugee crisis, social unrest, economic polarisation… have become our lived reality as the top 1% of the world’s seven-billion-plus population pushes the planet – and all its people – to the social and ecological brink. In Oneness vs The 1%, Vandana Shiva takes on the Billionaires Club of Gates, Buffett, Zuckerberg and other modern Mughals, whose blindness to the rights of people, and to the destructive impact of their construct of linear progress, have wrought havoc across the world. Their single-minded pursuit of profit has undemocratically enforced uniformity and monocultures, division and separation, monopolies and external control – over finance, food, energy, information, healthcare, and even relationships.
Basing her analysis on explosive little-known facts, Shiva exposes the 1%’s model of philanthrocapitalism, which is about deploying unaccountable money to bypass democratic structures, derail diversity, and impose totalitarian ideas, based on One Science, One Agriculture and One History. She calls for the “resurgence of real knowledge, real intelligence, real wealth, real work, real well-being”, so that people can reclaim their right to: Live Free. Think Free. Breathe Free. Eat Free.
All of us who care about the future of Planet Earth must be grateful to Vandana Shiva. Her voice is powerful, and she is not afraid to tackle those corporate giants that are polluting, degrading and ultimately destroying the natural world. —Jane Goodall, UN, Messenger of Peace
Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the world. –Ms Magazine
A rock star in the worldwide battle against genetically modified seeds. –Bill Moyers
Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power. –The Progressive
One of the world’s most prominent and radical scientists. –The Guardian