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
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Rogues or respectable? How climate change sceptics spread doubt and denial
For US readers to follow up on this subject, I especially recommend that you read the book by Oreskes and Conway entitled, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. The book provides all the disgusting details of how a few scientists were bought off and used by capitalists to discredit scientific findings that interfered with their access to profits, a drug that has the latter so addicted that nothing else matters to them.