Amazon founder and the richest man on Earth, Jeff Bezos, now admits that the limitless growth that made him the world's richest man is incompatible with a habitable Earth, but instead of change he propose human exodus.
In an almost delusional speech some days ago ultra-billionaire Jeff Bezoz outlined a vision of an “incredible civilization” with trillions of people living in space. This way Bezos pitched a version of the future that’s departed from the reality of capitalism, climate change, and the intractable connections between those two things.
Bezos admits that limitless growth—the growth that made him the richest man in the world—is incompatible with a habitable earth. But instead of announcing investments in renewable energy or public infrastructure, Bezos pitches an escape from earth.
Bezos argued that "space colonies" are a solution to humanity’s long range problems, like energy availability and ceilings on notions of unfettered, limitless growth. Space colonies, Bezos said, are a way to expand the human population and offset the impacts of agriculture and industry on Earth. This strategy, according to Bezos, leaves Earth an idyllic paradise: a place to go on vacation, a place to go to college—in other words, a place for the elite.
And now space, according to Bezos, is going to be a place for industry. It will be a place controlled by private companies, entrepreneurs, and first movers.
“Earth ends up zoned, residential, and with light industry,” Bezos said.
Bezos still argues that the logic of endless growth is the way to save the Earth. He is also characterizing himself as the genius pioneer with the heart, spirit, and courage necessary to advance humanity toward a better future. But this vision of a better future is detached from reality.
The economic system of today is hardly the solution to the problems that Bezos describes. It’s the root of them. That we know today and if there is going to be a positive change on Earth the limitless growth has to change first. Even Bezos agree on that, but he has no solutions. He just deports the problem into space, making it a distraction from the real problem.