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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Support for action surges, majority say we face climate emergency

Click here to access article by David Spratt from Climate Code Red (Australia). (Some editing was done in the last paragraph at 1:40 PM CT to add greater clarity.)

Australians have awoken to the climate and environmental crisis as indicated by recent polling.
In the first-ever poll of its kind, new research from The Australia Institute (TAI) has found that a clear majority of Australians agree the nation ‘is facing a climate emergency’ requiring emergency action and that, in response, governments should “mobilise all of society” like they did during the world wars.
Now that it has become obvious to the majority of citizens (I believe this is true in most parts of the world), it is the opinion of many scientists like Guy Mcpherson, that it is too late. The ruling capitalist classes successfully soothed us for the last 50 years with tales like that this threat was far too in the future to worry about, that we could create technological fixes for it, or that it was just a bunch of hooey. But now that it is becoming obvious especially to citizens of the West, our capitalist masters have taken charge of the Green New Deal movement so that any environmental fixes won't get in the way of their access to the drugs of profit/power. Like an alcoholic in the advanced stages of addiction, our capitalist masters are willing to risk everything, including human extinction, to continue their access to the drug of power.

But this is not unusual. The capitalist classes have competed in global wars to obtain control over access to cheap resources and cheap labor; and to accomplish this, they have insured that all institutions of their societies supported their interests of profit and power. Having already co-opted the highly trained upper-middle-class with generous salaries and perks to maintain their institutions of indoctrination, little stands in their way of pursuing more wars and exploitation. They will continue to use fossil fuels to do this while fooling us with tales that they are seriously combating climate destabilization and environmental collapse. 

Witness the sordid history of wars which nowadays are never-ending. Our masters in the ruling class encountered no difficulties in getting us to sign up for their wars, leave our families and loved ones and jobs to go over to foreign lands to kill people on their behalf. Every time they asked us in the past, we enthusiastically signed up to do this. They had no difficulty in doing this because they controlled our very minds through their control of every ideological institution of their societies. With their present command of advanced technologies, this control is easier than ever.

With all the evidence around us that indicates we are headed for major environmental crises and because our masters can no longer deny this, we are now signing up for this Green New Deal movement in numbers. The only rub is ... they control this movement as Cory Morningstar argued with evidence in her articles (see the above link). Do you think we can continue to trust these drug addicts to lead us out of the present crisis? In the past I argued that our only solution was revolution: taking the ownership and control of the economy away from our masters and directing it ourselves. Now I think it is likely too late.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Note from America: An Easter Message – When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State

Click here to access article by John W Whitehead from TruePublica (Britain). 
When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals. In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the US Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, and upheld by secret courts that operate behind closed doors, obeying one’s conscience and speaking truth to the power of the police state can render you an “enemy of the state.”

That list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing.

What If Mainstream Media’s Message About Putin Was Delivered in Orwell’s Language?

Click here to access article by Patrick Armstrong from Strategic Culture Foundation. (I continue to have ongoing problems accessing the articles from this website after I once access them. If you also have problems, you might access the articles from other sources which have re-posted them.)

The author has clearly written this article with tongue firmly planted in cheek (def.). He is obviously arguing that mainstream media (corporate media) is writing in "newspeak", the deceptive and manipulative language that George Orwell long ago warned us about. (This is clear from another article posted on Saker's website.) Have you noticed that newspeak, a language which is increasingly used by our masters in the capitalist ruling class, is projecting onto their enemy du jour, Russia and Putin, what they practice all the time: hundreds of military bases all over the world, dividing up the world in geographic combatant commands under the control of the Pentagon, and interfering with elections and destabilizing countries all over the world.
Putin's influence is spreading: everywhere he is nibbling away at the foundations of democratic society. He is the dictator of Russia; still evil, still an empire; Russians are genetically driven to co-opt and penetrate and gain favour: it's who they are and what they do. Russian scum! Putin interferes in referendums and elections all over the democratic world.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

How Socialism became Public Enemy #1 in America (Abby Martin & Brian Becker)

Click here if wish to access the video directly from YouTube

Abby Martin and socialist Brian Becker present and comment on the capitalist ruling class's war on socialism. Of course, this history was exorcised from your history books so that you are completely uninformed about significant socialist movements in our past. This omission is another illustration of how ruling classes control every institution to insure that in their societies capitalism reigns supreme. They have succeeded in brainwashing you beyond their wildest dreams. But, as Becker argues, younger generations of Americans are increasingly open to these socialist ideas.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Online articles recommended for Saturday, April 20, 2019

Conversion to an ecologically sustainable and just economy cannot happen under the capitalist system. Capitalism’s competitive structure drives blind, relentless growth that is consuming and destroying the biosphere. Its competitive international structure breeds wars for resources, markets, cheap labor, and geopolitical military advantages. With the nuclear weapons of the nuclear powers on hair-trigger alert and a new nuclear arms race now underway, the capitalist system will annihilate us if we don’t replace it with an ecosocialist system first.

US Defeat in Syria Transforms into Campaign of Spite

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook.

Read this post to see how the author, using excellent documentation (one from the "horse's mouth" (def.): Foreign Affairs, a journal of the directorate of the US ruling capitalist class), reaches this conclusion:
While Washington has lost its war against Syria, it continues its war on peace. It will spoil attempts by Syria to move forward – and by doing so – and more than anything else – illustrating to the world that its own malign interests and agenda wrecked the region – not “ISIS” and not “Iranians” or “Russians.”

The US campaign of spite will continue onward both in Syria and across the rest of the region until an alternative regional and global order can be established that allows nations to sufficiently defend against US aggression and interference and enables the world to move on without those special interests on Wall Street and in Washington driving America’s current battle for hegemony.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Articles recommended for Friday, April 19, 2019

After perusing a number of articles from normally reliable sources, my mind is boggled. I can hardly see what the future has in store for us except anything other than major changes.
  • Middle East Resistance Is Stiffening by Tom Luongo from Russia News Now (I am posting this from the latter website because of ongoing problems with accessing the original post on Strategic Culture Foundation.)

Assessing the Green New Dea

Click here to access article by Eléana Ní Mhurchú from Rebel (Ireland). Added some minor editing to my commentary at 1 AM CT on Saturday, April 21 to add clarity.)

Even this "socialist" website devotes only one line to the realistic fact that only a revolutionary change from a capitalist economy to an economy directed by the people can produce real policies to prevent catastrophic climate destabilization. And, this is only stated in vague, abstract terms by including it in the last paragraph:
Combating climate change, however, ultimately requires expropriating resources from the rich in order to mitigate the worst effects of an increasingly hostile climate.
At this political stage, the Green New Deal is only in a "simple resolution" phase before Congress. That is a notion of intent much like an individual's New Year's resolution to lose weight in the coming year. There are so many legislative tricks to dodge a real implementation of any substantive change in the operations of the economy. The latter is under the control of private individuals realistically identified as a capitalist class, and they won't tolerate their government to meddle in what they regard as their affairs. 

The capitalist class is a (tiny) ruling class that shapes all institutions of society to serve their interests. If you think they are going to allow their funded representatives to pass laws to expropriate their private ownership of the economy, I think you should commit yourself to the nearest mental institution. Besides at this stage of consciousness, the people have been so dumbed-down that they don't even know that capitalism is responsible for the climate crisis. They have been taught 24/7 from birth that the economic system is "free markets" rather than capitalism. Hence, they can't even express in words what the economic system actually is. Their minds have been so manipulated for so long that they have very little comprehension of political and economic realities.

Some revolutionary people are supporting the "Green New Deal" because they have fantasies that eventually people will recover their mental capacities sufficiently that they will get behind an effort to take away the private ownership of the economy and restore this vital societal sphere to societal control. As a life-long socialist I can hardly blame them. To do nothing is to accept defeat. So, I guess we must accept reality for what it is and "grasp at any straws" (def.) that present themselves.  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Julian Assange’s extraordinary record of investigative journalism

Click here to access article by Oscar Grenfell from World Socialist Web Site.
The illegal arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s London embassy, and the attempt by the US to extradite him on concocted conspiracy charges, are a frontal assault on freedom of the press.

The Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats, and US allies including Britain and Australia, is seeking to establish a precedent that criminalises genuine investigative journalism, including the publication of classified material exposing government illegality.

This is nothing less than an attempt to abolish the function of a genuine free press, established over centuries of struggle against despotism.
Then Grenfell launches into a description of what Julian Assange and Wikileaks has accurately revealed about war crimes committed by the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire which makes it quite a lengthy article. Of course, the directors of this Empire do not want their crimes revealed to the general public. So, if you like such crimes committed in secret by powerful people, you also want Assange punished. They want you to be only "informed" by their media corporations which they control.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Articles recommended to deepen your understanding of what is going on in the world as of 4/17/2019

Honest Government Ad

Click here if you wish to this satirical video from YouTube directly. It was produced and uploaded by The Juice Media channel. (I must thank my good friend in Oregon for alerting me to this outstanding satirical video.)