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

Friday, November 19, 2010

Historian takes aim at powerful climate doubters

by Margot O'Neill from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

The reporter provides this transcript of her interview with Prof. Oreskes who essentially argues the main thesis of the excellent book entitled, Merchants of Doubt, which she co-authored.
American science historian Professor Naomi Oreskes believes political uncertainty about climate change comes from a small handful of distinguished scientists who also denied the link between tobacco smoke and cancer.
In the interview, and much more in detail in the book, she explains how some scientists were essentially co-opted into serving ruling class interests by being given access to some of the highest levels of power. 

I believe that it is a similar story to how they managed to co-opt many leaders of labor unions. Co-optation is a major tool in the arsenal of capitalists to deal with opposition from working people.