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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Capitalism, Climate Change, and Social Conflicts

Click here to access audio recordings from panel members on this theme. This panel is from a forum organized by Union for Radical Political Economics held from March 18-20, 2011. There are two audio recordings of presentations that I'd like to direct your attention to that were given by Tokar and Williams. Each presentation lasts 20 minutes. You can easily listen to each while doing some chore that requires little attention.