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, October 28, 2014
The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry
According to a recent research report by this institute, the current yellow brick road of an energy bonanza boosted by mainstream energy analysts is an illusion. Because of unrealistic predictions and the nasty side effects of shale fracking, we might actually be enjoying a temporary rest stop while traveling on a very muddy road to hell.