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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Life Itself Is Being Patented, Privatized and Re-engineered

Click here to access article by Mark Karlin from Truthout.

Karlin interviews Ashley Dawson, author of Extinction: A Radical History, about the ideas contained in his book. Dawson sees capitalism as the driving force behind the extinction of so many species.
Today’s mass extinction crisis is one of the clearest indications we have of the fundamental irrationality and destructiveness of the capitalist system.

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