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Local and Global: The Black Plague & All That

File:World distribution of plague 1998.PNG

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Revolutions happen when nobody is looking; the same might be said of disasters. The map above is none too reassuring.  Before they arrive at your doorstep, problems are easy to ignore.

Yersenia Pestis. This was the spark that set the dry tinder in Medieval Europe blazing in the 14th century and cost the continent somewhere around half its population, bringing the Middle Ages to an end in the process. YP, the bacterium that caused the Black Plague, devastating western Asia and Europe between 1347 and 1351, remains loose in the wild today and could be used as a biological weapon.  The disaster that ushered in the Modern Era stands ready to create another phase shift.

Couldn’t we find a better way to dis-invest in our current system and take history to the next level?

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It’s not like RT’s schedule is full of free time to explore new subjects with, but here is a topic, first raised by Aubrey in one of her comments in these pages, that cannot really be ignored. Just why hasn’t humankind gotten around to creating some kind of global coordination on global threats?

Certainly, one of the reasons has to do with reconciling local and global considerations, a theme with far-ranging implications. RT will be exploring some of these in future posts, possibly tying them to the cultural issues that form the core of this blog. Climate change, unchecked threats to human health, nuclear arms, abject poverty amid staggering wealth–just why can’t we see ourselves as a single community?     RT

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Map: World Distribution of Plague, 1998. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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  1. poetinjena
    October 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    After reading your thought provoking post I couldn’t help thinking of this article and felt I needed to share 🙂

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

  2. October 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    thanks, pij, for the link!!! RT

  1. February 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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