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, August 5, 2014
Will Climate Change Lead to Conflict or Cooperation?
This article seems to represent the latest take on climate destabilization by our capitalist ruling class after denying the reality for so long: it's all so complicated, we don't know enough, and some people wish that "the whole debate would just go away".