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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
New book: Green Capitalism: The God that Failed
My attention was drawn to the publication of this book by an announcement at Real-World Economics Review Blog. They have previously carried articles by "Richard Smith" (I put this in italics to suggest that the author might be using a pseudonym as a cover to protect himself. See a reader's comment following this post.) starting in 2011 and then in 2013 and 2014. I finally appreciated its profound importance, and posted it as a foundation article on my blog. He apparently has been developing this thesis for quite some time and now it has been published in an updated version in book form.