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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order

Click here to access article by Paul Mobbs from Ecologist. 

This environmental consultant is growing in his awareness about the contradictions imposed by finite limits in our planet in relation to the economic system of capitalism. (Although, he doesn't name the system.) Also, in discussing his new awareness, he seems to be having difficulties keeping conventional thinking audiences with him.
The real problem is economic growth and consumption within a finite environment. It's only by changing the economic process [system?] itself, to adapt to the ecological limits acting upon the human system, that we can tackle the inter-related issues of resource depletion, climate change and ecological degradation.