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, January 23, 2014
If You See Something, Say Something: Another Top Climatologist On The Necessity Of Speaking Out
All liberal critics who see the threat of climate destabilization can do in the face of so much scientific evidence is wring their hands at what they seem to see as some sort of weakness in human nature which accounts for the repeated suppression of this evidence and/or ignoring the evidence. Because such critics are also committed to the capitalist system, they are blinded to the fact that the existence of capitalism is totally incompatible with a stable climate.