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 30, 2014

The Green Shock Doctrine

Click here to access the introduction to the series of PDF articles from the Global Justice Ecology Project.
There is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis.  But this movement will not be based on reform. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss.  They will not provide our parachute.  The system cannot be reformed.  It must be transformed. 
The latest report, Part II, argues:
Big Green NGOs are complicit in the advancement of the pro-corporate, market-obsessed, and profit-motivated Green Economy--including prominent organizations like the IUCN, CI, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, The Nature Conservancy, and Environmental Defense Fund.