Welcome to the politics of resentment from the left instead of the right; Christianity by other means; what Nietzsche called slave morality. What strikes me here is how similar Charles Eisenstein sounds to right-wing apocalyptic crackpots who salivate to predictions of global market crashes.
I’m not saying that the world doesn’t need (in homeopathic doses) activists, prophets, and underground men. But Eisenstein’s performance above feels to me like nihilism draped in sincerity; a feigned concern for the higher good of others couched in barely concealed existential resentments. At one point, for example, he seems outraged at entropy–entropy! (Toilets get dirty and have to be cleaned by, well, someone.)
If you want people to be punished for their stupidity, bad choices, and sins against the environment–and you relish the thought of witnessing their lives imploding–at least have the courage to not be passive aggressive about it, but to bring that emotion into the light. Schadenfreude is not another name for a righteous cause.
And what Eisenstein is promoting is not even good for the environment. Life–including human life–possesses a singular imperative: grow; increase power. To long, therefore, for contraction of the global economy is to long for death. Global environmental problems will be solved, if they are to be solved, with economic growth, not its absence.
If we are environmentalists–and I am one–we should be hoping for faster global economic growth, not slower. In the royal train of Wealth comes the marching band of Problem Solving. No one who really loves humanity and the environment should be wishing for the collapse of the global economic system.