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
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
UW researchers: Polar ice sheet doomed, but how soon?
This article made the front page in The Seattle Times yesterday. It's a sign that our capitalist masters are starting to take the ramifications of fossil fuel use seriously. But unless you and I and others get together to change the system that is driving this developing catastrophe, nothing will be done. In fact, we can expect only an acceleration of more disasters.