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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Britain's Corporate Garden Of Eden

Click here to access article by Michael Barker from Swans Commentary.
...given Smit's desire for reform, this article will make some strategic suggestions for how he might best use the Eden Project's excellent corporate connections to address some of the most egregious problems caused by his capitalist colleagues. 
Don't be taken in by Barker's statement as to his purpose in writing this article. What he really does is expose the true nature of  "green capitalism" as practiced in Britain to add grace to capitalism in the eyes of British liberals who may have some guilty concerns about the environment. He specifically takes aim at Tim Smit and the well-connected people of the "Eden Project".