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 3, 2012
Arctic sea ice may have passed crucial tipping point
In contrast to the headline, recent research strongly indicates that Arctic ice has passed the tipping point. It appears to me that we will be seeing similar headlines in the decades ahead as the Earth's ecology is increasingly impacted by human use of fossil fuels and other unsustainable practices. However, you will be assured by the One Percent's media that we must continue on this path in order to create more jobs. There is no alternative. (Sarcasm)