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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Green capitalism: a dangerous fiction

Click here to access article by Liam Flenady from Green Left (Australia).

Because saving the planet for humans poses many fundamental contradictions with the practice of capitalism, capitalists, like drug addicts who refuse to end their habit, are engaging in denial and all sorts of deceptions in order to continue to satisfy their addiction to profits. The author examines each of these deceptions.