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
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Global Collapse: MIT researchers predict the end of the world as we know it
After reading this rather brief article on MIT's report, one ought to notice a glaring omission: there is no mention of the system that is driving most of the world's economy into "global collapse". Even the word "capitalism" is avoided in polite company in the US (they much prefer "market economy"), but one must never connect this economic system with disaster in a finite world even though no one disputes the fact that capitalism requires growth to exist.