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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hollow Promises and Ugly Unspoken Realities

Click here to access article by "xraymike79" from his website Collapse of Industrial Civilization.

This website administrator and blogger, who specializes in graphics, provides us with a wealth of graphics, links, and insights about capitalism and its death-march toward the destruction of our habitat that will result in human extinction. This end of humans and many other species is inevitable as long as we sit back and resign ourselves to the capitalists' obsession with never-ending growth along with many other disasters such as wars and widespread poverty for the many amidst unimaginable wealth for a few.
The institution of capitalism, which has been copied and exported all over the world since WW II, has established widespread acceptance for the condition of mass production, mass consumption, and waste at an ever accelerating rate, pushing the world deeper and deeper into ecological crisis.
A most mind-bending graphic which especially impressed me:

Then he provides us with an entertaining and insightful link to a 3:59m comedy routine by Tom Simmons entitled "Worried About The Environment".