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
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Six maps that will make you rethink the world
The life thus far for Khanna illustrates how those who serve the ruling directorate of the US Empire can move anywhere in the world that pleases them while ordinary people face all kinds of barriers to their movement. But not to worry--he promises that, along with many other good things, this will change in the future.
I am posting this article from one of the two chief media sources of the Empire because it features how the capitalist directorate of the Empire thinks and, more importantly, want us to think about the future. By reading it you will learn that they expect explosive growth in population to be concentrated in mega-cities throughout the world and that we will live in a world that is "four degrees Celsius above the 1990 baseline"!
He then goes on to reveal what splendid opportunities this will present for commerce and investment banks, and of course, jobs. What he doesn't tell you is what disasters lie ahead given these conditions. Of course, he has sold his soul to the people who have rewarded him with so many opportunities: the capitalist ruling class of the Empire.