... [Trump] can do immense damage to domestic programs and the international mood.Spratt uses a review of a book he just read, The Madhouse Effect, to speculate on the changes that might come about regarding the climate destabilization issue under the Trump administration. But I argue that there can't be any substantial change when no substantial change has been occurring except empty promises. It is just that the Trump administration might stop using rhetoric that suggests they are concerned about the issue or lying about doing something to mitigate the looming disaster that lies ahead due to the ongoing capitalist assault on the environment. This candor might be refreshing.
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