We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Man, Master of the Universe
It appears to me that climate destabilization is finally being considered seriously with all the extremely hot weather, droughts, and many other symptoms that have been occurring across the country. That doesn't mean that anything significant will be done about it--like converting the capitalist system which destabilizes our climate and destroys our economy into something that sustains both. Instead of denying climate destabilization as they did in the past, we can now expect our capitalist masters, who are addicted to the profits and power that their system provides them with, will simply come up with other ruses (like: "oh, yes, we promise a technological fix!") to insure that nothing serious is done about it.