Random thought on austerity
It's occurred to me that the 100 (is it?) people who run the world have decided that the Kochs are noisy but crazy and that global warming is terrifyingly real. But they let the Kochs do their thing because tribalism, also too distraction and misdirection, and heck, those crazy brothers are lovable in their own way.
Because think about it:
Since US citizens consume disproportionately in every form of energy and resource, you could view austerity is the very sort of thing that hippies like the Arch Druid support: Simpler life style with a smaller carbon footprint. ON AVERAGE. Because the Gini co-efficient isn't being reduced (as the hippies would do) the austerity are brutal. But that's how you get more carrying capacity on the good ship Planet Sociopath: Heave the passengers over the side, starting with the crowded lower decks. Garçon, more champagne!
Sure, this implies that we know nothing about how the people who run the world make their decisions and that we have no influence on them. But then we knew that.
NOTE * I don't deny that the 0.01% are sociopaths who enjoy inflicting suffering on others. People often have multiple motivations!